Introducing Become: The Five Commitments of Purposeful Leadership, a brand new book from Leadership Expert Mark Hannum

The world’s greatest leaders focus on three critical things: they are committed to accomplishing something that matters; they articulate a vision that others embrace; and they demonstrate a series of five critical commitments to themselves and their teams.

In Become: The Five Commitments of Purposeful Leadership (McGraw-Hill Education), Mark Hannum, a leading Executive Coach, Consultant, Practitioner and Researcher in the leadership field, reveals the evidence-based secrets that surfaced from vast data Linkage has collected on leadership effectiveness.

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The brand new book based on decades of research

Linkage's signature solutions are based on work with one million leaders globally and decades of research. Dive into the data that informs Become: The Five Commitments of Purposeful Leadership..

Creating lasting impact

The benefits of Purposeful Leadership are countless—higher revenue, supercharged innovation, increased employee engagement. Read the Insight Brief.


A unique point of view

The Linkage team discusses why Purposeful Leadership is vital in today's world. Watch the video.

A practical framework

Linakge's Purposeful Leadership solution brings to life the five commitments Purposeful Leaders make through hands-on learning experiences designed to drive results. Explore.

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Discover the Five Commitments of Purposeful Leadership

Linkage research shows that companies that develop leaders who do things for a purpose and with a purpose enjoy 2x stronger revenue growth, 4x profit growth, and 9x employee engagementIn Become, Mark Hannum details the five commitments that these Purposeful Leaders make to themselves and their organizations, which include:

  • INSPIRE others to join the pursuit of a common vision
  • ENGAGE every team member to contribute their best abilities
  • INNOVATE key products or processes that lead to the goal
  • ACHIEVE results by organizing people and aligning resources
  • BECOME more self-aware and courageous as a leader


Meet Author Mark Hannum, Leadership Stategist

Mark Hannum is Chief Research Officer at Linkage. An organization development consultant by training, Mark’s focus has been on understanding and improving executive processes and decision-making.

Through his work with executive teams, leadership teams, and shared services organizations; his clients have credited him with helping them manage through difficult risks, improve business operations, lead and coach through acquisitions and integrations, and take advantage of growth opportunities.

Mark led Linkage’s most significant research effort to date, analyzing over 30 years of leadership data and more than 100,000 leadership assessments, which culminated in Linkage’s Purposeful Leadership® model and approach. 

Pre-order Become: The Five Commitments of Purposeful Leadership

Grab your own copy of leadership strategist Mark Hannum's latest book on Amazon. Here's what the experts are saying about this must-have leadership guide:

"We all know that our teams want to be connected to a larger, more aspirational purpose, but Become is the first book I've seen that clearly articulates how to lead with with purpose. The Five Commitment framework is easy to grasp and should be a model for any organization that is looking to become more purpose driven."  –Eisha Armstrong, Partner and Co-Founder, Vecteris 

“Mark’s book distills over three decades of leadership research and insight from over a million leaders into a practical framework that we can use to get better every day.” –Marshall Goldsmith, Leadership Educator & Thinkers 50 Award for #1 Leadership Thinker in the World

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