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Leadership development is a multibillion-dollar industry, yet genuine leaders remain in such short supply. Consultant Julia Tang Peters conducted in-depth interviews with five respected business leaders and did extensive leadership research with 500 more professionals. She determined that executives establish and validate their leadership by their attitude toward making decisions. Peters defines leaders based on the quality of their choices in five crucial decisions they make at career “pivot points.” Unfortunately, Peters is often repetitive and at times sounds like a cheerleader for the five leaders she spotlights. getAbstract nonetheless recommends her decision-based leadership model as a tool for leadership development, career analysis and self-guidance.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What five pivotal decisions define leaders;
  • What five leadership traits accompany these decisions;
  • How to apply real leaders’ decision-making methods to your career; and
  • How Bud Frankel, Glen Tullman, John W. Rogers Jr., Al Golin and Dale Dawson exemplify leadership.

About the Author

Julia Tang Peters is a business consultant who works with Fortune 100 global corporations and entrepreneurial firms. She is also a licensed family therapist.



“Pivotal Decisions”
Consider leadership in the context of the decisions leaders make and their subsequent actions. These choices define the best leaders and demonstrate the parameters of quality leadership. Five pivotal decisions validate the best leaders, and help them learn and grow: <...

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    David Hailstones 1 year ago
    A good foundation book to distinguish between manager & leadership - Q: was the research made with USA based leaders?
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    Paul Glynn 4 years ago
    A great explanation of the difference between being a leader and a manager.

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