“Harry Kraemer is on to a fundamentally powerful concept in applying values-based leadership to building world-class organizations. Filled with rich insights drawn from his remarkable career as a business leader, university professor, and executive mentor, Becoming the Best is a unique guidebook on personal leadership and team-building that can help both emerging and seasoned leaders create new high-performance organizations and improve existing ones.”

W. James McNerney, Jr.
Chairman and CEO, The Boeing Company


What does it mean in practice to be a values-based leader?

When faced with real situations, how can you be your best self and create best teams while also being a best partner with customers and vendors, a best investment for your stakeholders, and a best citizen making a difference in the world?

It’s a tall order, but these are the expectations for world-class organizations today.

In Becoming the Best: Build a World-Class Organization Through Values-Based Leadership, Harry Kraemer’s highly anticipated follow-up to the best-selling From Values to Action: The Four Principles of Values-Based Leadership, the author, professor, and former CEO shares how values-based leadership can help accomplish this.



As he did with his first book, Harry will donate his proceeds from Becoming the Best to the One Acre Fund, an organization that carries out its values-based leadership in support of farmers in Africa.


In From Values to Action Harry Kraemer showed how self-reflection, balance, true self-confidence, and genuine humility are the traits of today’s most effective leaders. In Becoming the Best, his highly anticipated follow-up, Harry reveals how, in practical terms, anyone can apply these principles to become a values-based leader and to help create values-based organizations.

Drawing on his own experiences as the former CEO and chairman of Baxter International, as well as those of other notable leaders and organizations, Harry lays out a pathway for understanding the principles and putting them into practice, by striving for the five bests:

  • Use self-reflection to become your best self as you lead yourself and others more effectively
  • Create a best team that understands and appreciates what they’re doing, and why
  • Forge best partnerships through win/win collaboration with vendors and customers
  • Support the mission, vision, and values of the organization to generate best investment returns
  • Make a difference in the world beyond the organization by becoming a best citizen