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Leaders at All Levels
"Crisis may be an overused word, but it's a fair description of the state of leadership in today's corporations. CEOs are failing sooner, and falling harder, leaving companies in turmoil. At all levels, companies are short on the quantity and quality of leaders they need."From the Introduction
In Leaders at All Levels, Ram Charan addresses a pressing problema shortfall of leaders prepared to face today's complex business challenges. When so many companies struggle to find successors for their top jobs, and when so many leaders rise to the top only to fail shortly after getting there, you know there's something wrong with our leadership development practices.
In this book, Ram Charan presents a radical and controversial remedy for the crisis in leadership: the Apprenticeship Model. This new approach to succession and to leadership development makes it a hands-on activity for leaders and their bosses. People with the talent 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. Leaders at all levels develop faster and better, and boards have better choices when it comes time to choose the next CEO.
New but not untested, this approach works because it is based on Charan's keen insights into how great business leaders actually develop. Having worked closely with many successful leaders over several decades, Charan concluded that:
Leaders are different from other people
Leaders develop their talent through practice and self-correction
Filled with down-to-earth advice and real-world examples, Leaders at All Levels gives you the tools you need to create an enduring legacy of leadership excellence. It also gives individual leaders a road map for taking charge of their own growth. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
A CEO can make a weak company strong and a good company great.
"Leaders At All Levels" is a must read for CEOs and Boards of Directors concerned with CEO succession and leadership development.
Here are the things that are likely to need to change in most companies to make an apprenticeship model work.
This book explores the talents within an organization that brings light to finding potential individuals who tie into the success of an organization.Published 23 months ago by Deloris C. Henry
As an admirer of Ram Charan, I found that "Leaders at All Levels" had most of the "markers" by which a very good business book should be judged: clarity of thought, pragmatism,... Read morePublished on May 4, 2011 by J. Eich
Some CEOs contribute an enormous amount of value to their companies, but most, it would seem, are worth far less than the large sums of money that they are paid. Read morePublished on August 12, 2010 by John Gibbs
One of the most significant challenges facing companies is poor succession planning at all levels of the organization. Read morePublished on January 30, 2009 by Rebecca Clement
Everyone in the corporate world knows how important a CEO is. A CEO can make a weak company strong and a good company great. Read morePublished on September 12, 2008 by Rolf Dobelli
Author Ram Charan has become one of the most prolific and highly respected consultants in the world today. He is a pragmatic educator and this book is no exception. Read morePublished on June 28, 2008 by Greg L. Thomas