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Summit Leadership: Strategies for building high performing teams

Nick Humphrey

The latest book from best-selling business author, Nick Humphrey, is a practical guide to leadership and is the result of extensive interviews with high-achieving leaders including insights from elite coaches and athletes, CEOs, psychologists, serial entrepreneurs and even some Royal Marines Commandos. It brings together strategies, habits and hacks of peak performers and the latest research from management theorists. 

The book deconstructs the art and science of building high performing teams including value-based leadership, mindfulness, positive leadership techniques, attracting talent and also tips for enhancing your employees experience.


Aimed at executives and professionals who are currently in, or aspire to hold, leadership roles, it deconstructs the art and science of performance cultures including value-based leadership, mindfulness, positive management techniques, and also tips for enhancing your employees experience.


Summit Leadership provides strategies on:

  • How to hire and retain the best talent for your firm.
  • Building and protecting high performance cultures.
  • Aligning your firm’s vision, values and purpose.
  • How to motivate and inspire teams.
  • How to have difficult conversations.
  • Understanding the seven deadly sins of leadership.
  • Different leadership styles and the power of positive leadership.
  • How do you manage through a crisis?


Summit Leadership is divided into four parts. Part A overviews the four basic pillars of high performing teams. Part B expands on strategies for hiring and retaining the best talent. Part C explains the seven deadly sins of leadership.  Part D provides additional strategies for building high performance.

Each of these chapters include:

  • Interviews with leaders from business, sport, the military, academia and professions. What techniques, hacks, daily habits and rituals do they use to build high performing teams?
  • Case studies (fictional) to illustrate the strategies being discussed and raise some practical applications.
  • The latest scientific research from top psychologists and management theorists from around the World.
  • Exercises to work through.


Nick Humphrey is Managing Partner of Hamilton Locke, a corporate law firm, the chairman of the Australian Growth Company Awards, and also the chairman of Emerson, which provides compliance and company secretarial services.  He has also sat on advisory boards for an infrastructure advisory business, an angel investment fund, and an accounting firm. He has won dozens of influential awards including Dealmaker of the year, Best Lawyer Private Equity, Chambers Asia Recommendation for Private Equity, and M&A Lawyer of the Year.  His firm has won a number of awards for innovation.

He has published nine business books, including “Maverick Executive: Strategies for Driving Clarity, Effectiveness and Focus” as well as dozens of articles on leadership, performance and workplace culture.

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