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The Leadership Pipeline

How to Build the Leadership-Powered Company

Ram Charan, Stephen Drotter and Jim Noel

Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 2 edition (January 11, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0470894563
ISBN-13: 978-0470894569

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“Many of the best and most successful corporations in the world have adopted The Leadership Pipeline model as the core framework for their efforts on the human side of their businesses.

Built around the common leadership ‘passages’ all leaders go through, it helps organizations select, develop, and assess based on specific responsibilities and work values at each leadership level.”

—from the Foreword

Strong leaders at all levels within an organization are a requisite for business success. Yet the leadership pipeline—the internal architecture for growing leaders—is often broken or nonexistent. This updated edition of the best-selling The Leadership Pipeline has been revised to help address the challenges of today’s business environment. Anchored in experience, it offers a tested model for planning leadership succession and development that has proven to get results.

The authors draw on their work at more than one hundred international companies to report on what has been learned in the ten years since the first edition of The Leadership Pipeline was published. They show how a company can develop leadership in each layer of their organization by defining the different skills required as leaders move from one level to the next. They explain how time should be applied differently, how work values required for success must change, and clearly illustrate what inappropriate leadership looks like at each step. In addition, the authors answer commonly asked questions and add new insights from their in-the-field research.

The Leadership Pipeline shows how today’s companies can keep their leadership “pipeline” filled and flowing to ensure a steady supply of skilled leaders throughout the organization.

“Management Development 101—but only if you have read the book and understood and acted on the processes so clearly articulated. While these are first principles, it is very useful to have them set out. I have seen them work to great effect in several companies.”

—John B. Prescott, chairman, QR National Limited

“The wisdom added to this second edition is based on experience working with many of the best companies in the world. Whether you are a first-time reader or rejoining the conversation, this book adds critical points and answers that can be used immediately in your leadership work to make your business better. Charan, Drotter, and Noel make clear what can be confusing about the work of a leader at every level.”

—Tom Flanagan, president and CEO, Applied Insight Consulting, Inc.

“The Leadership Pipeline has the ability to transform a company. The leadership concepts are enduring and simple enough that managers at every level can quickly grasp what it means to be a highly effective leader. The authors, Charan, Drotter, and Noel, are true leadership development ‘gurus’ and continue to provide us with the best thinking in developing the world’s future generation of business leaders.”

—Abby Curnow-Chavez, vice president of talent management, Newmont Mining Corporation

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