I've studied leadership for almost 20 years, reading countless books and articles. I rate The Heart of an Executive by Richard Phillips among the finest--and most memorable. Phillips is a masterful storyteller, sharing pivotal events and forces in the life of King David vividly and efficiently. He then brings the resulting lessons to the modern reader with such flair that the lessons stick. The writing is vibrant and compelling, so much so that while reading it on a recent flight I noticed strangers seated to my left and right were also reading it--so we read it together. I plan to put this book at the top of my students' and clients' leadership reading list. Bravo, Richard Phillips!