The Leadership Pipeline: How to Build the Leadership-Powered Company Summary

The SQUEEZE: Leaders must face central issues, from managing access to capital and maintaining relationships with customers and suppliers to developing investment strategies to sustain long-term growth. Leaders must also face the challenge of reconciling their companies in a competitive, but global marketplace. These are the sentiments of “The Leadership Pipeline: How to Build the Leadership-Powered Company.” Written by Ram Charan, Stephen Drotter, and James Noel, “The Leadership Pipeline” offers objectives that every leader must adopt to increase a company’s performance. The authors warn against making bad investment decisions, implementing outdated processes, and failing to empower the workforce. These issues are some of the most common causes of business failure. “The Leadership Pipeline” is a must-read for leaders of multiple industries interested in creating better outcomes for business survival.


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Notable Endorsement: “Written by three genuine experts in management development (one of them helped design GE's deservedly famous succession-development process), The Leadership Pipeline: How to Build the Leadership Powered Company finally shows organizations how to undo the knots and clogs in their in-house "leadership pipeline" so they can constantly groom the best people at every level to move up to the next rung of leadership. Not only do the authors identify the six transition phases, or "turns," of the pipeline--from self-manager (individual worker), first-line manager, and managers' manager to function manager, business manager, group manager and enterprise manager (the last essentially being a CEO)--they describe each with remarkable insight; these six levels of leadership growth, for example, exist at the base of every midsize or large organization regardless of how each structures its individual hierarchy.” – Review.

Common Q’s Answered by this Book:

  • What is the “leadership pipeline”?
  • What are the six key transitions of management?
  • What is an example of management development?
  • What is the succession-development process?
  • What are some examples of real-life organizations that utilize the leadership pipeline approach?


About the Author: Ram Charan is a business management consultant, advisor, and speaker. He has worked with such companies as GE, DuPont, Thomas Corporation, and Honeywell. Charan provides solutions to many of the toughest business problems. Charan is the author of several books, which include the following titles: “Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done and Confronting Reality” (June 2002), “What the CEO Wants You to Know” (February 2001), and “The Talent Masters: Why Smart Leaders Put People Before Numbers” (November 2010). Charan completed an MBA and a doctorate degree from Harvard Business School. For a complete biography and information about current projects, visit: Stephen Drotter currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Drotter Human Resources, Inc., a company through which he provides expertise on succession planning, organizational design, and leadership development. Drotter has more than 35 years of experience in the Human Resources Management industry and has provided solutions for both American and international countries. He is the co-author of “The Succession Planning Handbook for the Chief Executive.” Drotter completed a bachelor’s degree in economics from Amherst College. For a complete biography, visit: James Noel is a retired management consultant. Today Noel serves as a leadership coach, assisting companies in selecting, assessing, and developing leadership teams. Noel served as the former manager of Executive Education and Leadership Effectiveness at General Electric.


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Publisher: Jossey-Bass (January 2011)

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