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Becoming Your Best: The 12 Principles of Highly Successful Leaders

Becoming Your Best: The 12 Principles of Highly Successful Leaders

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by Steve Shallenberger

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Discover the principles that are transforming teams and leaders worldwide

Running a business or department in today’s high-pressure business landscape gets more difficult every year. Given the level of competition, as well as market ups and downs, it seems that you either sacrifice your personal life for your job or you lose everything.



Discover the principles that are transforming teams and leaders worldwide

Running a business or department in today’s high-pressure business landscape gets more difficult every year. Given the level of competition, as well as market ups and downs, it seems that you either sacrifice your personal life for your job or you lose everything.

Steve Shallenberger has an important message for you: It doesn’t have to be this way. You can succeed in business and live a happy life at the same time. In fact, if you follow his advice, a satisfying personal life will necessarily follow your leadership success. That’s because it’s all based on timeless truths that apply to every aspect of life, in any business and in any culture.

Becoming Your Best reveals the lessons you need to follow in order to reach your highest potential and drive the kind of innovation that turns good companies into industry leaders—all while living a well-balanced personal life. Learn the 12 principles for developing a culture of excellence, including:

  • Be True to Character
  • Lead with a Vision
  • Prioritize Your Time
  • Innovate through Imagination
  • Be Accountable
  • Live in Peace and Balance
  • Be an Effective Communicator

Divided into three thematic sections—Transformational Leadership, Transformational Teams and Relationships, and Transformational Living—Becoming Your Best is packed with advice, tools, and examples for turning your thoughts into action, motivating yourself and your people, inspiring teams to solve problems creatively, and building the life you’ve always dreamed of.

Read Becoming Your Best and you’ll begin to see everything through a completely new lens—one that reveals change as something to embrace, not fear. You will be armed with the knowledge and tools to measurably improve your life, as well as the lives of your employees and loved ones.

Praise for Becoming your Best

“Wonderful . . . crucial to the success of any leader, in any organization, in any industry.”
from the foreword by Stephen M.R. Covey

“This is not a book to read. It is a book to live.”
Joseph Grenny, bestselling coauthor of Crucial Conversations and Influencer

“If you’re motivated to improve, don’t put down this book until you’ve read every page.”
Jack Canfield, coauthor of The Success Principles and Chicken Soup for the Soul

“Clear, timeless principles from which all of us can learn how to develop and sustain excellence. “It’s the most valuable time you will spend with a book this year!”
Randal Quarles, Managing Director, the Carlyle Group, and former Under Secretary of the U.S. Treasury

“Steve Shallenberger is a positive influence on everyone he meets. He’s distilled the principles which have steered his own life into Becoming Your Best.”
Richard and Linda Eyre, New York Times bestselling authors of The Entitlement Trap and Teaching Children Values

“I can say with confidence that the principles taught in this groundbreaking book will provide you a foolproof roadmap on how to excel in life.”
Dallin Larsen, founder and Chairman, MonaVie

“A fascinating book on understanding and improving one’s personal balance, one’s relationships, and one’s leadership and management success.”
Gregory “Speedy” Martin, General, USAF (Retired)

“This book will make you more successful in any pursuit but more importantly, it will help turn you into the person you might otherwise only dream of becoming.”
Blake Roney, founder and Chairman, Nu Skin

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Meet the Author

Steven Shallenberger has more than 40 years of experience as a successful entrepreneur, CEO, executive, corporate trainer, and community leader. He is also the founder of Synergy Companies, an industry leader in energy management and environmental solutions.

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Becoming Your Best: The 12 Principles of Highly Successful Leaders 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
HELPful-Heather More than 1 year ago
I not only LOVE this book, which is my new bible of leadership, but had the honor of attending the live event the book is based on. The teachings in this book are practical tools to use but is also full of wonderful stories and inspirational messages that will ensure that you become YOUR very best in ALL areas of your life. You must first begin by leading yourself and this book will give you the plan to do just that. Steve Shallenberger is a true leader in every sense of the word and is one of the most genuine and helpful people I have ever met. This book is truly an amazing investment in yourself and your future. You must get one for yourself and everyone on your team in life and in business.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is one of those book that can literally change your life. I have been to his seminars and read this book and I would recommend it to anyone trying to improve themselves as a leader in anyway shape or form or just someone trying to become their best!
JTanner More than 1 year ago
Not only is Becoming Your Best a fantastic read, it is also inspiring and motivating.  By reading and applying the principles within it, not only have I been able to improve in areas of weakness in my life, but have also found ways to develop my strengths to a higher potential.  Our own life experiences teach us valuable lessons in life but I appreciate when individuals, such as Steve Shallenberger, invite the reader into their life experiences and expertise so I can also learn through their struggles and successes and not feel alone in my own personal development.  This has not been a one time read for me, it is a book that is reopened and referenced often. I highly recommend it!
DWS88 More than 1 year ago
The author, Steve Shallenberger, has a lot of fun and inspiring stories that remind me a lot of those in Dale Carnegie's "How to Win Friends and Influence People." The "12 guiding constants" he covers are common sense, but often forgotten by many people today. Shallenberger's book is a good reminder of the importance of living these principles in everyday life. I would consider this book a 'must read.' ...it is one of the better leadership books I have read in a long time.
TSue123 More than 1 year ago
AWESOME BOOK! Just received this book and recently sat through their seminars. Truly amazing! Anyone, whether you're a manager in a company or you're a stay-at-home parent, needs to read this book! What they taught in their seminars and what's in this book have already transformed my company and my approach to leadership. I've been using their success formula now for over four months and it's so simple to use. I recommend getting this book for yourself, your family, and co-workers!!
DeanR More than 1 year ago
I have known Steve, Roxanne and Robbie, and their extended family for many, many years. I always knew they were a family of character and integrity, but after reading their books, I find myself looking for ways to live out their principles. For example, I bought groceries specifically, to give to a homeless person who is always out at the 94 and Snelling exit.  There was a state trooper' behind me in the drive thru, and I paid for his meal and drove off.  I was accountable by writing a letter to our clients, expressing how sorry we were for a scheduling conflict. It is true what they say, that it does make you feel better to live by these principles, and look for ways to be a leader in your business and family lives.  You can never be wrong if you "Treat people the right way".
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just started reading this book and it has already transformed the way I plan my week and use my time. As a single parent, and working mother my time and energy are at a premium. This book aims to decrease stress, and help you focus on the things that matter most. Unlike some other business books that are full of jargon and only focused on output and work, this book is phenomenal in its approach to the whole person. It is an easy read and inspiring. It will get in your head and allow you to internalize the ideas. Lastly, I love how it clearly lays out how to implement each principle. You can take it at your own pace and immediately see results and feel like you are taking back control of your life and unleashing your potential. I highly recommend this book to anyone juggling responsibilites in their life with work and family.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Powerful, Fun, and TRANSFORMATIONAL The principles contained in this book will propel you to be your best.  Each time I read from this book, I come away inspired and motivated to become better. Best of all, I come away with clear action items that I can apply immediately to improve myself as a leader, a friend, a father, a husband, and an individual.   Whether you are  looking to improve as  a leader, in your relationships with others, or in your own personal development, this book is a must read!   I am attending an event this week where Steve Shallenberger will be speaking. I can't wait!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
many business books come and go as the latest trend passes.  Sure they are good information, but many discuss niche subjects that often become irrelevant.  This book strikes at the core of timeless principles.  It doesn't just  inform the reader on how to succeed in business, though it does that, it instructs the reader how to wing at life.  It is a must read for those in my circle of influence.  I'll be reading again soon. 
EstebanM More than 1 year ago
Both Insightful and Practical. Based on decades of research and successful experience, Steve Shallenberger provides a  clear, very well written approach to achieving success in life and business,  for both individuals and organizations.   No matter where you are in your life or career, the value-based blueprint and weekly plan laid out in this book will help you develop key strengths and put you on the path to becoming your best.  Highly recommended!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book is more than just a business book. It can be applied to leadership in any type of organization. I've found it's principles to be particularly helpful for my family.