From his several decades as an executive, and then as mentor and coach to other executives, the author has crafted a unique and comprehensive guide to what's required of the leader of any effort to pursue great achievement, whether individually or organizationally. The key for the leader (of oneself or others) is how the leader thinks. From that comes who the leader is as a person. And from that comes all of the leader's ways feeling and of doing. This guidebook addresses those indispensable building blocks in an engaging and provocative way. It progresses from how to think about what you will need to think about to the kinds of tools needed to put that nonconventional, sometimes even counter-intuitive, thinking into practice. Recognizing that you cannot learn leadership from a book, this book of lessons for leaders takes the position similar to that required for learning how to fly. First you learn the basics and the names for things. Then you learn how to make yourself, what you have learned, and the tools you have to work with into a seamless whole. Then you are ready to "solo." But, ultimately, what you have to learn about leadership has to be learned by doing it. This is ancient wisdom for achieving anything worthwhile by your own efforts. The author has combined his rich experiences with his equally long years of research into this most fascinating, most complex of all human achievements. Bringing the best that has ever been said about leadership and high performance into the realities of exercising that wisdom in the present world is what this one-of-a-kind guidebook offers the would-be leader. Real achievement is impossible without real leadership. This book describes in detail how to put the two together.