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"Anyone pursuing success must read this book." —Chris Voss, author of Never Split the Difference

A master class in leadership from the world’s top body language expert

From internationally bestselling author and retired FBI agent Joe Navarro, a groundbreaking look at the five powerful principles that set exceptional individuals apart

Joe Navarro spent a quarter century with the FBI, pursuing spies and other dangerous criminals across the globe. In his line of work, successful leadership was quite literally a matter of life or death. Now he brings his hard-earned lessons to you. Be Exceptional distills a lifetime of experience into five principles that outstanding individuals live by:

Self-Mastery: To lead others, you must first demonstrate that you can lead yourself.

Observation: Apply the same techniques used by the FBI to quickly and accurately assess any situation.

Communication: Harness the power of verbal and nonverbal interaction to persuade, motivate, and inspire.

Action: Build shared purpose and lead by example.

Psychological Comfort: Discover the secret ingredient of exceptional individuals.

Be Exceptional is the culmination of Joe Navarro’s decades spent analyzing human behavior, conducting more than 10,000 interviews in the field, and making high-stakes behavioral assessments. Drawing upon case studies from history, compelling firsthand accounts from Navarro’s FBI career, and cutting-edge science on nonverbal communication and persuasion, this is a new type of leadership book, one that will have the power to transform for years to come.

About the Author


FBI Special Agent (Ret.) JOE NAVARRO worked for the Bureau in counterintelligence and counterterrorism. He is now a lecturer and consultant for major companies worldwide. He is the author of What Every BODY is Saying, and has appeared on Hardball with Chris Matthews, the Today Show, the CBS Early Show, CNN, Fox News, and other major media. He lives in Tampa, Florida.



Toni Sciarra Poynter is a writer and editor living in New York City.

Praise For…


“If you want to learn how to read people and gain their trust and confidence, there is no better teacher than Joe Navarro. Anyone pursuing success—whether professional, personal, or a mix of the two—must read this book. Be Exceptional offers the practical skills to master any situation and become, yes, exceptional.”
— CHRIS VOSS, author of the national bestseller Never Split the Difference

“Joe Navarro offers invaluable guidance for becoming the best version of ourselves. A must-read.”
— AMY CUDDY, New York Times bestselling author of Presence

"Navarro lays out a plan to become an 'exceptional person' in this sharp and demanding guide. ... This smart road map for personal betterment will be an inspiration to those who respond to tough love."
Publishers Weekly

"Joe Navarro has done it again!  In his remarkable new book, Be Exceptional, Navarro puts the entire package together to help people achieve their utmost potential.  By analyzing what makes people truly exceptional from his many years of experience, Navarro has not only given people a clear roadmap to that end, but also helped them to realize that being exceptional is well within their grasp.  A must read!"
— JOSHUA WEISS, Ph.D., cofounder of the Global Negotiation Initiative at Harvard University and author of The Book of Real World Negotiations

“If, like me, you are constantly wondering how you can improve, be better— become exceptional—this book should be required reading. Joe Navarro draws deeply from the wide range of his extraordinary life experiences to teach you how to achieve it, in five straightforward steps. This is not just a book, it is a manual. Read it. Study it. You won’t regret it."
— CHRISTOPHER HADNAGY, author of Human Hacking

“What an amazing collection of wisdom to help each of us make a real difference in the world.  Joe Navarro masterfully weaves historical biographies, scientific research and his own compelling experiences into a framework that can help anyone truly be exceptional.”
— ANDY WASYNCZUK, Senior Lecturer, Harvard Business School, and former COO of the New England Patriots


Product Details
ISBN: 9780063025394
ISBN-10: 0063025396
Publisher: William Morrow
Publication Date: June 29th, 2021
Pages: 288
Language: English