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"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 res "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 drawing 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 role today, and to lift the trajectory of their career. 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"--


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"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 res "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 drawing 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 role today, and to lift the trajectory of their career. 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"--

53 review for The CEO Test: Master the Challenges That Make or Break All Leaders

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jitendra

    [ You tube Review of the book : The CEO Test: Master the Challenges That Make or Break All Leaders by Adam Bryant ] What are the Dilemmas of the first time managers How Demanding should you be ? When do you let go ? When do you step-in to do the work ? How do you provide the direct feedback without being too critical ? How do you strike the balance of being friendly without trying to be just one of the gang ? What are the right moments to show vulnerability ? Is it always better to put up a front [ You tube Review of the book : The CEO Test: Master the Challenges That Make or Break All Leaders by Adam Bryant ] What are the Dilemmas of the first time managers How Demanding should you be ? When do you let go ? When do you step-in to do the work ? How do you provide the direct feedback without being too critical ? How do you strike the balance of being friendly without trying to be just one of the gang ? What are the right moments to show vulnerability ? Is it always better to put up a front a never-let-them-see-you-sweat confidence ? So, These are the problems faced by a new manager who leads the front line employees who directly design, create , update a company’s products. If you are at a senior position then you face different problems. Now you are leading leaders. There are layers of managers below you who all have to be aligned around shared goals. you have to build and manage new networks of relationships across the organization. you are expected to deliver at a consistently high level. the sheer volume of meetings, emails, and cross - department project deadlines become a test of endurance. A CEO has a different set of challenges. This book shares stories, insights and lessons from dozens of chief executives. It also talks about challenges, paradoxes that are foundational to effective leadership.The book talks about seven tests that each CEO goes through and that will define and refine his leadership. So, What are The Tests that the book is talking about ? Test #1 Can you develop a simple plan for your strategy ? Can you bring a simple plan, with the help of your team, to solve a complex problem ? A plan that your employees can hold in their head. Creating a simple plan is like setting the trajectory of a rocket launch. If you are a few degrees off, over time you will miss your mark by a long shot. What should you do to build a simple plan ? -- Focus on outcome rather than priorities. Outcomes should be measurable. -- Edit your vision Ruthlessly. Can you create a vision that the front line employee can understand and implement it in his daily work ? -- As your audience gets bigger and bigger, your message must get simpler and simpler. -- Communicate : There is no such thing as overcommunication. All Hands, email blasts , web casts. All these approaches are necessary to fight the collective short attention span in organizations. Build the habit inside your company of simplifying complexity and designing a simple plan to ensure everyone is aligned around a clear goal and have the levers to achieve it, identify the challenges that stay in your way and a scoreboard for measuring progress. Test #2 - Can you make the culture real - and matter as well In Any Organization, Culture is almost like religion. Defining, Modeling, Enforcing and Assessing a company culture is the responsibility of a CEO and senior leaders. Without a strong, positive culture, you stand to drive employees away and miss out on the best talent. Team engagement and productivity are other casualties. Test #3 - Can you build a team that are true teams ? Can you define the Purpose of the team ? Who should be on your team ? How will the team work together ? What is the leader’s role on the team ? You need to answer all these questions. Test #4 Can you lead transformation ? The status quo is enormously powerful, and the enemy of the change. How will you lead the transformations you need to think about it . Test #5 Can you really Listen ? Can you sense the danger signals ? Danger signals can be faint, and remember bad news travels slowly. So be careful. Test #6 Can you handle a crisis ? Test #7 Can you master the inner game of Leadership ? All other previous tests focus on what an effective leader must do but this test focuses on what an effective leader must be. First find who you are and then Find the balance between being yourself , compassionate and holding people accountable. The field of leadership is full of contradictions. If you ask for advice, one will say “Lead from front” and another one will say “Lead from behind” , “ Never Let them see your sweat” to “ You should be vulnerable” , “Take you decisions fast” to “ have patience” . The key is to remember that one size doesn’t fit all. If you have taken up the challenge of becoming an effective leader then be prepared for many long and steep learning curves that are discussed in this book like - Learning how to write and communicate a simple plan, Build culture and high performing teams , drive change, create systems for listening, and manage crisis. Authors say that these tests the critical reasons why leaders succeed or fail in their roles. Though I am a front line manager and a confused one also :) . But after reading this book I realised I need to find out my own way to deal with the paradoxes that I face at work, This book makes it clear that in leadership there is no solution to a problem in balck and whilte everything is in grey shade and as a leader you need to be prepared to experiment with solutions and find the right combination for you and your team. Remember, No One can succeed without a clear strategy, an effective leadership team, and a well defined culture. I loved this book.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ridhi Garg

    This is the best ever book that a management student can ever come through. This book contains all the challenges faced, with pointers and tips in terms of what good looks like, and pitfalls to avoid. Even being a comparatively short book than other business books, the writer have clearly and concisely explained the major insights of corporate world and also have given advices for the readers. Also the author have also include case studies and examples from their own experiences, which inspired m This is the best ever book that a management student can ever come through. This book contains all the challenges faced, with pointers and tips in terms of what good looks like, and pitfalls to avoid. Even being a comparatively short book than other business books, the writer have clearly and concisely explained the major insights of corporate world and also have given advices for the readers. Also the author have also include case studies and examples from their own experiences, which inspired me a lot. So, I highly recommend this book to all the upcoming or existing managers out there. Thankyou!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Bart Russell McDonough

    Immediately this goes into my top 5 business books of all-time. Excellent

  4. 4 out of 5

    Faraj Mansur

    A good leadership book Adam Bryant did a good job. Precise leadership tips. Though it’s titled ‘CEO’ but it’s for any leader or aspiring

  5. 5 out of 5

    Greg

    The demands on leaders are increasing these days. A century ago it was enough for organizations to provide salaries in exchange for labor. After few decades, leaders are expected to provide safe working environment. As time goes by, the expectations grow of leaders as they should care about not just the business but also the emotional well being of the employees. Today the leadership challenge is still fluid, making the job of the leaders more challenging and exciting. This book provides the test The demands on leaders are increasing these days. A century ago it was enough for organizations to provide salaries in exchange for labor. After few decades, leaders are expected to provide safe working environment. As time goes by, the expectations grow of leaders as they should care about not just the business but also the emotional well being of the employees. Today the leadership challenge is still fluid, making the job of the leaders more challenging and exciting. This book provides the test on what it means and how to be successful leaders in the rapidly changing environment. Drawn from the insights of more than 600 CEOs and personal experiences of the author, the lessons in this book will help anyone not just CEOs to create the environment where success will thrive.

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