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Organizations need leaders, but natural leaders are at least as rare as natural athletes. And, even natural athletes need careful training and development - given that almost everyone is capable of developing some degree of athletic potential. Similarly, the right training and development program can help almost anyone cultivate some degree of leadership potential. In fact, it can help a few people develop extraordinary leadership abilities. Ignoring leadership development is foolish, but at many companies, short-term priorities eclipse the long-term thinking needed to develop a good leadership pipeline. This book’s plain, sensible approach is simple without being simplistic. It is generally lucid and clear, and - somewhat to getAbstract’s surprise - it does not suffer from having three authors. If you are a leader or need to develop leaders for large corporations, this is a very useful volume.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How a leader develops;
  • How to build a cadre of leaders and future leaders; and
  • Why this is crucial to your organization.

About the Authors

Ram Charan is an independent consultant and leadership coach whom BusinessWeek named one of the top-ten resources for in-house programs in the U.S. He is co-author of Boards at Work and Every Business is a Growth Business. Stephen Drotter, author of The Succession Planning Handbook for the CEO, helped design General Electric’s succession planning process. James Noel is an executive coach in New York City, and co-author of Action Learning: How the World’s Top Companies Are Re-Creating Their Leaders and Themselves.



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    claude fidelin 2 months ago
    Good functional summary. I listened to the entire book on audible. I needed to have a reference document to start applying to my own career. This is super helpful in this context.

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