Above the Line

Lessons in Leadership and Life from a Championship Season
By Urban Meyer
272 Pages

Buy the Book

Meyer is the Ohio State Football Coach. I have read countless books in my career authored by athletic coaches and players. This is the only one that makes this list. It’s worthwhile because it is anchored in well-constructed organizational psychology. Meyer asserts that the most important thing you have to do as a leader is build trust with all stakeholders. This is aligned with the linchpin in the ConantLeadership Flywheel: trust is at the epicenter of effective leadership. So Meyer fittingly begins with trust. I also enjoy that he takes this idea all the way to the granular level of what to do on Monday morning. The book offers a model that is disciplined, intentional, and approachable. It’s a worthy read. I have trouble getting some of my more intellectual friends to read it — but they should.

– D. R. Conant

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It’s not just what Doug does; it’s how he gets it done, and there is much to be learned by observing him and from his work on the subject of leadership. As leaders go, Doug is truly 'one of a kind.'”
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CEO & Chairman, Dun & Bradstreet Inc.
Doug stands out as a high performance CEO who is also a people builder. He demonstrates that one can get outstanding results while also being a good human being”
Fred Hassan
Partner, Warburg Pincus; Former Chairman & CEO, Schering Plough Corp & Pharmacia
Doug Conant is a rare combination — someone who thinks like a leader and leads like a thinker. When he talks, not only does the C-suite listen, but they also take notes.”
Dan Pink
Author, To Sell Is Human; Author, Drive

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