Summary of Leadership Transitions

How Business Leaders Take Charge in New Roles

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Leadership Transitions book summary
Leaders’ expectations often conflict with reality as they move into higher roles. Here’s how to advance smoothly.


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Organizational consultant Richard Elsner and his colleagues investigated the forces that shape new leaders. Separately, consultant Bridget Farrands interviewed more than 50 freshly promoted senior leaders across various industries and identified their common experiences. In this book, they unite their ideas. getAbstract recommends this useful compendium of advice about leadership progression, even if it may prove somewhat academic for the general reader. The authors explain the “tensions of transition” and cite worthy tools for senior managers and executives to use as they move into higher roles.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why new leaders struggle;
  • How to “arrive, survive and thrive” instead; and
  • How to find balance between competing areas of tension.


Why New Leaders Struggle
New business leaders often struggle in silence because they feel they can’t talk to anyone about what they’re going through. First-time executives don’t understand why they aren’t as successful as they anticipated being. The lack of support during their transition...
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About the Authors

Organizational consultants and coaches Richard Elsner and Bridget Farrands co-founded The Turning Point, a consulting firm for leaders moving into new roles.

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