New Zenger Folkman Book Opens to Outstanding Reviews

- Readers of "How to Be Exceptional" Boosting Their Careers by Focusing on Strengths -

Sep 05, 2012, 06:06 ET from Zenger Folkman

SALT LAKE CITY, Sept. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- At a time when strong leadership is more important than ever, the newest book from Jack Zenger and Joseph Folkman of leadership development firm Zenger Folkman is helping leaders move away from a focus on their weaknesses and instead to take some giant steps forward in increasing their most vital strengths.


The book, How To Be Exceptional: Drive Leadership Success by Magnifying your Strengths, is available now and is opening to outstanding reviews:

"In my 35 plus years of studying, applying, writing about, and providing leadership development programs and services, Zenger Folkman's approaches are a much-needed revolution," said leadership expert Jim Clemmer. "For weary leaders feeling beat up by engagement surveys, performance reviews, 360 and other feedback tools highlighting their deficiencies and suffering change fatigue, this book couldn't come at a better time. How to Be Exceptional provides the succinct, practical, how-to roadmap we so badly need to navigate the inspiring and tremendously fulfilling territory of strengths-based leadership."

Other early reviews are equally positive.

"A fitting capstone to Jack Zenger and Joe Folkman's previous works, the new book provides readers with organizational gold," said David K. Williams, CEO of Fishbowl. "It brings forth data … to illustrate what happens to teams and organizations when we uplift and grow their participants, and when we truly strengthen executives' abilities to lead."

The press coverage on the book and its principles is highly positive thus far as well, with early coverage appearing in Fast Company, Harvard Business Review, Forbes, CNBC's Bullish on Books and other publications. Clearly, the book's strong principles and its research are taking the nation (and even the world) by storm.

"Like a giant pendulum swinging, there has been a dramatic shift in the world of leadership development," the authors say in the book's introduction. "We have moved from a focus on fixing weaknesses all the way over to a focus on building strengths. Without question, it is the most profound change in this realm to occur in the past 50 years."

Although discovering strengths is a logical beginning step, the book helps readers pick up where all the other books leave off. It helps them take their strengths and develop them into distinguishing factors that help them make high contributions to their organizations.

How To Be Exceptional: Drive Leadership Success by Magnifying your Strengths, by Jack Zenger, Joseph Folkman, Robert H. Sherwin, Jr., and Barbara Steel, is available from Amazon and Barnes and Noble now.  

- A free e-book based on How to Be Exceptional is available for download at -

Zenger Folkman is the authority in strengths-based leadership development. Their award-winning programs employ research-based methods that improve organizations and turn good managers into extraordinary leaders.

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