The gurus who make the Excellence 100 list today possess a rare combination of traits and abilities. Here are the eight criteria:

  1. Preparation: academic and professional.
  2. Character: values, ethics, beliefs, purpose, mission, integrity, walk the talk.
  3. Principles: big message, point of view, tenets, main points.
  4. Personality: charisma, style, originality, authenticity, one of a kind.
  5. Performance: inspiring action, real-world performance, work ethic.
  6. Experience: beyond local and regional, more national and international.
  7. Expression: substance and style in writing, speaking, coaching, consulting, mentoring, training, or teaching.
  8. Influence: difference, results, change, transformation.

The 2007 – 2008 Excellence 100

Top 20

  1. Gary Hamel
  2. Dave Ulrich
  3. James Collins
  4. Warren Bennis
  5. Tom Peters
  6. Barbara Kellerman
  7. James Kouzes
  8. John P. Kotter
  9. Marshall Goldsmith
  10. Noel Tichy
  11. Clayton Christensen
  12. Peter Block
  13. Kevin Cashman
  14. Jack Zenger
  15. Ram Charan
  16. Peter Senge
  17. James Loehr
  18. Michael Porter
  19. Marcus Buckingham
  20. Meg Wheatley

21-40

  1. Norm Smallwood
  2. Bill George
  3. James O’Toole
  4. Max Bazerman
  5. Jay Conger
  6. C.K. Prahalad
  7. Ichak Adizes
  8. William C. Miller
  9. Rosabeth Kanter
  10. Gifford Pinchot
  11. Carly Fiorina
  12. Bill Isaacs
  13. Nicholas Negraponte
  14. Morgan McCall, Jr.
  15. Jay Conrad Levinson
  16. Michael Treacy
  17. Kevin & Jackie Freiberg
  18. Jack Welch
  19. James Champy
  20. Rob Lebow

41-60

  1. Chip Bell
  2. Dan Goleman
  3. Renee Mauborgne
  4. Beverly Kaye
  5. Jeff Snipes
  6. Ken Blanchard
  7. Eileen McDargh
  8. Nathaniel Branden
  9. David Allen
  10. Judith Glaser
  11. David Nadler
  12. Phil Geldart
  13. Libby Sartain
  14. Barry Conchie
  15. Nigel Nicholson
  16. Bill Byham
  17. Edward E. Lawler III
  18. Charles Garfield
  19. Josh Bersin
  20. Joseph Grenny

61-80

  1. Jon Katzenbach
  2. Richard Chang
  3. Michael G. Winston
  4. Joel Barker
  5. Frances Hesselbein
  6. Karl Albrecht
  7. Malcolm Gladwell
  8. Patrick Lencioni
  9. Andre Martin
  10. Michael Hammer
  11. Edgar Schein
  12. Lois Zachary
  13. Spencer Johnson
  14. Christopher Rice
  15. Barry Posner
  16. Michael Feiner
  17. Ira Chaleff
  18. Jeff Sonnenfeld
  19. Anne Mulcahy
  20. Tom Crum

81-100

  1. James Cabrera
  2. Michael Quigley
  3. Vijay Govindarajan
  4. Dianna Booher
  5. Larry Bossidy
  6. Lance Secretan
  7. Robert Kaplan
  8. Dede Henley
  9. Ian Mitroff
  10. Bill Adams
  11. Stephen R. Covey
  12. Phil Harkins
  13. Terry Bacon
  14. Joseph Jaworski
  15. Rudy Giuliani
  16. Richard Leider
  17. Richard Whiteley
  18. Steven Smith
  19. Brian Tracy
  20. Ken Shelton
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