Leaders at All Levels: Deepening Your Talent Pool to Solve the Succession Crisis

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Leaders at All Levels

"Crisis may be an overused word, but it's a fair description ofthe state of leadership in today's corporations. CEOs are failingsooner, and falling harder, leaving companies in turmoil. At alllevels, companies are short on the quantity and quality of leadersthey need."—From the Introduction

In Leaders at All Levels, Ram Charan addresses a pressingproblem—a shortfall of leaders prepared to face today'scomplex business challenges. When so many companies ...

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Overview

Leaders at All Levels

"Crisis may be an overused word, but it's a fair description ofthe state of leadership in today's corporations. CEOs are failingsooner, and falling harder, leaving companies in turmoil. At alllevels, companies are short on the quantity and quality of leadersthey need."—From the Introduction

In Leaders at All Levels, Ram Charan addresses a pressingproblem—a shortfall of leaders prepared to face today'scomplex business challenges. When so many companies struggle tofind successors for their top jobs, and when so many leaders riseto the top only to fail shortly after getting there, you knowthere's something wrong with our leadership developmentpractices.

In this book, Ram Charan presents a radical and controversialremedy for the crisis in leadership: the Apprenticeship Model. Thisnew approach to succession and to leadership development makes it ahands-on activity for leaders and their bosses. People with thetalent for leadership get stiff challenges hand-picked for them.Their bosses play a crucial role in accelerating their development.HR gets a new job, as trustee of the Apprenticeship system. Leadersat all levels develop faster and better, and boards have betterchoices when it comes time to choose the next CEO.

New but not untested, this approach works because it is based onCharan's keen insights into how great business leaders actuallydevelop. Having worked closely with many successful leaders overseveral decades, Charan concluded that:

  • Leaders are different from other people
  • Leaders develop their talent through practice andself-correction

Filled with down-to-earth advice and real-world examples,Leaders at All Levels gives you the tools you need to create anenduring legacy of leadership excellence. It also gives individualleaders a road map for taking charge of their own growth.

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Editorial Reviews

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"…cool-headed guide on how to identify and retain leaders and to get succession right". (Securities & Investment Review, April 2008)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787985592
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/21/2007
  • Series: J-B US non-Franchise Leadership Series, #22
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.28 (w) x 9.35 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author

The Author

Ram Charan is a world-renowned advisor to business leaders andcorporate boards, a bestselling author, and an award-winningteacher. He is the author or coauthor of fourteen books includingKnow-How, What the CEO Wants You to Know, Boards that Deliver, andthe New York Times best-seller Execution.

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Table of Contents

Introduction.

1. A New Way to Fund the Leadership Talent Deficit.

2. How Apprenticeship Turns Potential into Leaders.

3. How to Recognize Leadership Potential.

4. Customizing Leaders' Growth Paths.

5. The Crucial Role of Bosses.

6. Managing Apprenticeship Systematically.

7. Choosing the CEO Who is Most Likely to Succeed.

8. Adopting the Apprenticeship Model.

Epilogue: What Can a Leader Do?

Appendix: Building Blocks of the Apprenticeship Model.

Acknowledgments.

About Ram Charan.

Index.

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