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Unusually Excellent: The Necessary Nine Skills Required for the Practice of Great Leadership by John Hamm

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Chapter 6. LEADING EXECUTION: Action to Results

Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.

Dwight Eisenhower

Men make history and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better.

Harry S. Truman

Execution is about results. At the end of the day, leaders are held accountable; they get paid to produce the agreed-upon results. To believe anything else is to kid yourself and to court failure.

Execution is where the rubber meets the road, the snap is taken, the play is run, and the shot is hit. There is no score until the game starts. At that moment, ...

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