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Publisher's Summary

Leadership continues to be one of the most written-about and most trained-for qualities in business today. And no figure so fully embodies the leadership qualities managers hope to cultivate in their professional and personal lives as the late Vince Lombardi, the greatest NFL coach of all time.

The exalted place Lombardi holds in American culture has never been clearer than it is today, as evidenced by the enormous success of the 1999 best seller, When Pride Still Mattered, as well as the vast popularity of the coach's son, Vince Lombardi, Jr., America's most sought-after motivational speaker.

In What It Takes to Be Number One, Vince Lombardi, Jr. explores his father's leadership philosophy, and extracts powerful lessons about what it takes to be an effective leader. Taking as his jumping-off point his father's legendary 1970 speech on the supreme importance of self-knowledge, character, and integrity, Lombardi, Jr. examines each of those qualities and offers guidelines on cultivating and applying them at work and in your personal life.

Throughout, What It Takes to Be Number One is enlivened by personal anecdotes and quotes about and by his father, as well as quotes from other great leaders providing further wisdom and inspiration.

©2001 Vince Lombardi, Jr.; (P)2004 AMI

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"[Vince Lombardi, Jr.] distills the substance of the famous coach's utterances and his living example into lessons that anyone can use to become a better leader and better person...." [What It Takes To Be Number One] may inspire you to start a process of self-discovery that could enrich your life and make you more effective at whatever you do. (Fort Worth Morning Star)

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Alabama

Great book on leadership. Excellent read with oldie but goodie information which revise my guidance in leadership roles.

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Concise, historical, inspiring

Do you like history, sports, leadership? This book is for you. A number of great perspectives on leadership that are surprisingly combined with good character... Even some that are counter to the popular conversation on the subject.

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not what I expected.

I would have preferred the coach to his Son's insights. It was OK not great.

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  • 11-04-15

A superb leadership skills audiobook!

An engaging audiobook showcasing the 'Lombardi leadership model' a recommended listen that will inspire, especially if you appreciate American Football!...

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  • 04-06-14

Superb

Would you listen to What It Takes to Be Number One again? Why?

Yes, definitely.

What did you like best about this story?

It's advice, but from the point of view of coaching a team, which is something everyone can understand - advice from entrepreneurs, CEOs, etc can require a jump in self-image.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Would if I could.

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