The Extraordinary Leader

  • by John H. Zenger
  • Narrated by Barrett Whitener
  • 4 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Secrets for developing leadership and competitive advantage in any organization
The Extraordinary Leader is a research-based book about leadership. It analyzes 200,000 assessments from 20,000 managers and presents new insights that demystify this complex subject. It clearly establishes the importance of developing great leaders versus being satisfied with merely good ones, and highlights the link between leadership behavior and an organization's performance.
From the authors' research, a new model of leadership emerges that challenges long-held beliefs about leadership competencies. The authors identify 16 competencies that tower above all the others - the ones that separate great leaders from the average. One of the book's major breakthroughs is its focus on the importance of maximizing strengths as opposed to merely correcting weaknesses. Further, the importance of balanced strengths is introduced: when strengths are clustered in one area, the leader is less effective than he or she could be with strengths in different areas.

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Abridged!

The audio is missing several sections and chapters that are in the book. It's been a pattern with these audios.
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- Bryan Hoak

Abridged!

I have never before felt so cheated in buying an audiobook. This audiobook is not only abridged, but the reader rewords sentences instead of reading them the way the author intended. Huge sections of the chapters are missing and chapters themselves are also missing. In addition, major concepts that are presented in the book are not included in this audiobook. I bought this as a reading companion and the audiobook leaves out so much, that k found it impossible to follow. This book is very good, and you should definitely read it. This audiobook however, does not do the book justice at all. Do not buy this audiobook.
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- Debra D.

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-12-2012
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education