Leadership Transitions: How Business Leaders Take Charge in New Roles

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In a working life of 35 years, a manager can expect to make at least 10 job changes where the demands for rapid business delivery and effective leadership will only increase with each new job. According to recent research, upwards of 25 per cent of new leaders appointed from within fail within 18 months, and that figure is closer to 40 per cent for new leaders appointed from outside the company.

Leadership Transitions identifies the causes of these failures and how to overcome them. Based on in-depth case studies, this book shows that these experiences are very similar and can be divided into three phases: Arriving, Surviving and Thriving. By analyzing the different features of the leader's experience at each of these stages, the authors are able to provide a strategy for leaders to take charge successfully in their new roles.

Offering a valuable and practical set of tools and advice for coping with leadership change, Farrands and Elsner discuss the myth and realities of transition, explore the obstacles to overcome and provide the tools needed for a smooth leadership transition.

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About the author (2012)

Richard Elsner is a writer, a consultant and a coach. For the last three years, he has been Managing Director of The Turning Point. Earlier in his career, Richard worked for 15 years as a change and organization consultant with Kinsley Lord, KPMG and Dialogos and he teaches on the MBA programme at HEC Paris.

Bridget Farrands is an international organization consultant and coach.

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