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9 Overall

9 Applicability

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8 Style


It doesn’t matter where in the organization your new leadership role puts you – whether you’re CEO or a project manager. Every promotion brings a period of transition, the need for new skills, and a set of fresh expectations, challenges and opportunities. In this updated and expanded edition of his 2003 book, Michael Watkins, an expert on accelerating leadership transitions, argues that just because you’ve been successful in one leadership role, don’t assume that your old strategy will automatically succeed in your new role. It probably won’t.

Watkins says to take an analytical approach. Diagnose the situation, and adapt your strategy to it. As you begin a new leadership role, Watkins’s guidance can help you map your strategy, accelerate a good transition and even get on your boss’s good side. He provides fundamental information for anyone who wants to become a leader and stay on top. getAbstract recommends his approach to all leaders who are being promoted, or hope to be promoted. He’ll help make your transition more successful, faster and easier – for you, your staff and your higher-ups.

About the Author

Michael Watkins is the author of the Leadership Transitions e-learning program offered through Harvard Business School, where he is an associate professor of business administration. He co-authored Right from the Start: Taking Charge in a New Leadership Role.


Watkins writes like a best-selling business writer, which he is. His tone is friendly and accessible. He presents his ideas clearly and with a minimum of fussy extra wordage. This makes him easy to read, and it also makes his lessons easy to retain. Watkins is an intelligent, insightful author who never talks down to his readers or fails to explain a crucial point. You’re likely to remember and apply what you read.

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