Summary of Becoming The Best

Build a World-Class Organization Through Values-Based Leadership

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Becoming The Best book summary
To achieve five business “bests,” follow four principles: “know yourself,” build positive relationships, develop self-confidence and respect everyone.


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Harry M. Jansen Kraemer Jr., a professor and former CEO, has written a straightforward book on leadership that’s full of no-nonsense advice. Using case studies and wisdom gathered during his long career, he prescribes following four easy-to-understand principles to achieve “five bests” in your career and your life. As he explains, “what it means to be a values-based leader and build a world-class organization,” Kraemer helps you become a better person and, therefore, a better leader. He advises knowing your values and then consistently aligning your actions with those values, always resisting quick wins that clash with your beliefs. That, he says, is the way to achieve the five bests – becoming your best self, and establishing the best team, best partnership, best value for investors and best citizenship. Meanwhile, you’ll lead a values-based organization that reaps the benefits of solid relationships with its employees, customers, suppliers, investors and the communities where it does business. getAbstract recommends Kraemer’s insights to leaders, CEOs, small-business owners, and anyone seeking self-improvement.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What four principles should guide you
  • How to be your best self, and create the best team, best partnership, best value for investors and best citizenship
  • Why being values-driven is the right path to long-term competitive advantage


Your “Best Self”
Achieving your best self doesn’t require perfection, but it does require a conscious effort to improve throughout your life. Understand yourself, learn from your mistakes, seek advice from others and build quiet confidence. To achieve the “five bests” – being your best...
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About the Author

Northwestern University professor Harry M. Jansen Kraemer Jr. was chairman and CEO of Baxter International Inc. He is a partner at Madison Dearborn, a private equity firm.

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    Eric Maida 1 year ago
    This summary is amazing! I thoroughly enjoyed it and the deep insight it provided. This summary lays the foundation of understanding how to become your best self. Understanding yourself, having complete confidence in your strengths and values, and building positive relationships help in all facets of life from business to relationships.

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