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Leaders at All Levels: Deepening Your Talent Pool to Solve the Succession Crisis

Leaders at All Levels: Deepening Your Talent Pool to Solve the Succession Crisis

Ram Charan

ISBN: 978-1-118-04721-7

Jan 2011

192 pages



Learn how top companies solve the problem of leadership succession from corporate America's leading consultant.

A serious crisis looms in American management today. More and more CEOs are failing; there remains an acute shortage of capable replacements. The true dilemma in leadership is the stagnant state of corporate leadership development. Because companies fail to hone their unit managers' leadership abilities, they are never able to fill their succession pipelines. With unit managers stagnating, companies have difficulty executing at every level, compounding the crisis. In I>Leaders at All Levels, bestselling author Ram Charan shows how top companies approach leadership development as a core competency, recognizing that an adaptable leadership pool is a competitive advantage, and focusing their attention on bringing out the best in the leaders they have.

Charan reveals exactly what's wrong with corporate leadership development and tells how to make it right. He explains the concept of a leadership ""gene pool"" and shows how companies can discover just what ""DNA"" they need to succeed. He also details how to uncover the hidden leaders in a company, when and where to bring in fresh talent, how to coach, measure, and reward leadership, and much more. For CEOs, directors, and anyone involved in leadership development, Leaders at All Levels is an eye-opening guide on how to get succession right.


1. A New Way to Fund the Leadership Talent Deficit.

2. How Apprenticeship Turns Potential into Leaders.

3. How to Recognize Leadership Potential.

4. Customizing Leaders' Growth Paths.

5. The Crucial Role of Bosses.

6. Managing Apprenticeship Systematically.

7. Choosing the CEO Who is Most Likely to Succeed.

8. Adopting the Apprenticeship Model.

Epilogue: What Can a Leader Do?

Appendix: Building Blocks of the Apprenticeship Model.


About Ram Charan.


""…cool-headed guide on how to identify and retain leaders and to get succession right"". (Securities & Investment Review, April 2008)