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No one can be totally prepared to become the leader. But judging by turnover numbers in the CEO r... Read More

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No one can be totally prepared to become the leader. But judging by turnover numbers in the CEO ranks, many aren't prepared at all. For CEOs and aspiring leaders to succeed, they need to shift their mindset. Rather than focus on the skills needed to become a great leader, they must focus on the most common challenges and causes of failure in the job. This indispensable guide prepares aspiring for the seven challenges they're bound to face once in the job and learn from the voices of leaders themselves how to overcome them.

  • Authoritative and credible voices who've worked with hundreds of CEOs.
  • Practical and well organized into the biggest challenges CEOs will face.
  • Good read with plenty of stories from the front lines.

Audience: High-potential leaders, aspiring leaders, aspiring CEOs, current CEOs, HR executives.

Adam Bryant is managing director of The ExCo Group, a leadership development and mentoring firm, where he's worked with hundreds of CEOs. Prior to this he was a journalist for 30 years, including at the New York Times where he created and authored the massively successful "Corner Office" column in which he interviewed CEOs about their key leadership lessons. He's the author of Quick and Nimble and The Corner Office, a bestseller. He is also the Senior Advisor to the Reuben Mark Initiative for Organizational Character and Leadership at Columbia University.

Kevin Sharer is the former CEO of Amgen, the largest biotech company in the world. He spent 20 years in the role, growing the company from $1 billion to nearly $16 billion. He is a former chief engineering officer in the Navy and Lieutenant Commander on fast-attack submarines. He has helped with more than 20 major CEO transitions for various companies. He teaches at Harvard Business School, where he is the cocreator of a successful course on the life and role of the CEO.

You can find Adam Bryant at adambryantbooks.com/, @adambryant, and Linkedin: AdamBryantLeadership.
You can find Kevin Sharer at hbs.edu/faculty/Pages/profile.aspx?facId=681583.

Named to the longlist for the 2021 Outstanding Works of Literature (OWL) Award in the Leadership category

Are you ready to lead? Will you pass the test?

Despite all the effort through the years to understand what it takes to be an effective leader, the challenges of leadership remain enormously difficult and elusive; even today, most CEOs don't last five years in the job. The demands to deliver at a consistently high level can be unforgiving.

The loneliness. The weight of responsibility. The relentless second-guessing and criticism. The pressure to build all-star teams. The 24/7 schedule that requires superhuman stamina. The tough decisions that often leave no one happy. The expectation to always have the right answer when it can be hard just to know the right question.

These challenges are brought into their highest and sharpest relief in the corner office, but they are hardly unique to chief executives. All leaders face their own version of these tests, and the authors draw on the distilled wisdom, stories, and lessons from hundreds of chief executives to show how every aspiring leader can master these challenges and lead like a CEO. These foundational leadership skills will make all aspiring executives more effective in their roles today and lift the trajectory of their careers.

The CEO Test is the authoritative, no-nonsense insider's guide to navigating leadership's toughest challenges, brought to you by authors uniquely qualified to tell the stories. Adam Bryant has conducted in-depth interviews with more than 600 CEOs. Kevin Sharer spent more than two decades as president and then CEO of Amgen, where he led its expansion from $1 billion in annual revenues to nearly $16 billion. He has served on many boards and is a sought-after mentor for CEOs of global companies.

Leadership is getting harder as the speed of disruption across all industries accelerates. The CEO Test will better prepare you to succeed, whether you're a CEO or just setting out to become one.

Shortlisted for the Outstanding Works of Literature (OWL) Award in the Leadership Category

"I would comfortably recommend this book to anyone from business school students to CEOs in the most successful organizations, anyone who desires to embody the qualities of authentic leadership." — The Ladders

Advance Praise for The CEO Test:

"Adam Bryant and Kevin Sharer make a brilliant, inspired team. Bryant brings a vast mental database of more than six hundred structured conversations with elite leaders, combined with a gift for weaving smart, lucid prose. Sharer brings decades of strategic experience, including as CEO of Amgen, which became one of the world's first truly great and enduring biotechnology companies. I just love the idea of bringing Bryant's incisive insight together with Sharer's practical wisdom to address the vexing challenges of leadership." — Jim Collins, author, Good to Great; coauthor, Built to Last and Beyond Entrepreneurship 2.0

"Sharer and Bryant mine insights from hundreds of CEOs to identify universal lessons that will help leaders at all levels become more effective. They steer clear of the truisms and platitudes that are all too common in leadership books and instead rely on their genuine journalistic curiosity and a gift for pattern-spotting—along with memorable stories—to bring the essential challenges of leadership to life." — Meredith Kopit Levien, CEO, The New York Times Company

"The CEO Test provides an honest, candid approach to the countless issues that leaders at all levels might face. It's a must-read, whether you’re in the CEO seat today or aspire to be in it in the future." — Stephen J. Squeri, Chairman and CEO, American Express

"Bryant and Sharer have captured the essence of successful leadership. Their examples are equally applicable to companies large and small and to leaders of all functions and levels, from the C-suite to entry level." — Ellen J. Kullman, former Chairman and CEO, DuPont; CEO, Carbon

"As two astute observers and successful practitioners of the art themselves, Bryant and Sharer have crafted a magnificently insightful guide to great leadership. The CEO Test should be required reading, not just for CEOs but for leaders at all levels who are ready to raise their game." — Ronald D. Sugar, former Chairman and CEO, Northrop Grumman Corporation; board director, Apple, Amgen, Chevron, and Uber

Named to the shortlist for the 2021 Outstanding Works of Literature (OWL) Award in the Leadership category

Are you ready to lead? Will you pass the test?

Despite all the effort through the years to understand what it takes to be an effective leader, the challenges of leadership remain enormously difficult and elusive; even today, most CEOs don't last five years in the job. The demands to deliver at a consistently high level can be unforgiving.

The loneliness. The weight of responsibility. The relentless second-guessing and criticism. The pressure to build all-star teams. The 24/7 schedule that requires superhuman stamina. The tough decisions that often leave no one happy. The expectation to always have the right answer when it can be hard just to know the right question.

These challenges are brought into their highest and sharpest relief in the corner office, but they are hardly unique to chief executives. All leaders face their own version of these tests, and the authors draw on the distilled wisdom, stories, and lessons from hundreds of chief executives to show how every aspiring leader can master these challenges and lead like a CEO. These foundational leadership skills will make all aspiring executives more effective in their roles today and lift the trajectory of their careers.

The CEO Test is the authoritative, no-nonsense insider's guide to navigating leadership's toughest challenges, brought to you by authors uniquely qualified to tell the stories. Adam Bryant has conducted in-depth interviews with more than 600 CEOs. Kevin Sharer spent more than two decades as president and then CEO of Amgen, where he led its expansion from $1 billion in annual revenues to nearly $16 billion. He has served on many boards and is a sought-after mentor for CEOs of global companies.

Leadership is getting harder as the speed of disruption across all industries accelerates. The CEO Test will better prepare you to succeed, whether you're a CEO or just setting out to become one.

Product Details

Title: TheCEO Test
Author: Adam BryantKevin Sharer
SKU: BK0451451
EAN: 9781633699519
Language: English

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