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Becoming the Best: Build a World-Class Organization Through Values Based Leadership


Drawing on his own experiences as the former CEO and chairman of Baxter International, as well as those of other notable leaders and organizations, Kraemer lays out a pathway for understanding the principles and putting them into practice, showing specifically, how to: • Use self-reflection to become your “best self” as you lead yourself and others more effectively • Create a “best team” that understands and appreciates what they’re doing, and why • Forge “best partnerships” through win/win collaboration with vendors and customers that enhance the end user’s experience • Support the mission, vision, and values of the organization to generate returns that distinguish a “best investment” • Make a difference in the world beyond the organization by becoming a “best citizen” Powerful case studies from Campbell’s Soup, Ernst & Young, Target, Northern Trust, and many others demonstrate the four principles of values- based leadership in action and show how thinking beyond the corporation can trigger positive outcomes for both the company and the world. Regardless of level or job title, individuals can make a difference in their organization and beyond by embodying the essential traits of a great leader. Becoming the Best offers a definitive, actionable guide to show anyone how to apply in practice the principles of values-based leadership personally and professionally, making it an indispensable manual for the new wave of better leaders.




Harry M. Kraemer

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Kraemer, Harry M.. 2015. Becoming the Best: Build a World-Class Organization Through Values Based Leadership.


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