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Accelerated Leadership Development

Accelerated Leadership Development

How to Turn Your Top Talent into Leaders

Ines Wichert

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Develop employees swiftly and effectively for leadership roles in your organization.

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About the book

In an increasingly volatile and complex world, it is crucial that organizations optimize leadership development so that employees in leadership positions have the right skills to operate successfully. Accelerated Leadership Development shows how HR and Learning and Development (L&D) professionals can accelerate the career progression of their top talent from entry level to senior executive roles. It covers the entire acceleration process: how to identify which individuals are right for accelerated leadership development, what roles are best suited for stretch assignments and how to avoid burnout.

Packed with insights from HR experts and business leaders around the world , Accelerated Leadership Development shows how this type of development works in practice, what makes it successful and highlights the potential pitfalls to look out for. Debunking the myth that one size of leadership development fits all, this book includes specific guidance on how to tailor leadership development to women and millennials. Full of practical advice, tips and techniques, this is an essential book for anyone looking to develop their very best employees.

Table Of Contents

    • Chapter - 00: Introduction;
    • Chapter - 01: Tomorrow’s leaders: succeeding in a volatile and uncertain world;
    • Chapter - 02: Moving at pace: the speed of leaders;
    • Chapter - 03: Breadth of experience: choosing roles wisely;
    • Chapter - 04: Learning on the job: organizational development approaches;
    • Chapter - 05: Navigating the pitfalls of acceleration: incomplete learning and burnout;
    • Chapter - 06: Successful risk-taking: courageous people decisions in a risk-averse world;
    • Chapter - 07: Reflective learning: looking back to move forward;
    • Chapter - 08: Supportive environments: essential safety nets;
    • Chapter - 09: Women’s careers: keeping the pace;
    • Chapter - 10: Millennials: on the fast track from the start;


A must-read for HR leaders who are charged with building a strong pipeline of leadership talent. Provides practical and effective solutions for accelerating leadership development; all brought to life by powerful case studies and quotes from HR and business leaders.
Maria Kokkinou, VP Talent Acquisition, Management & Development, Coca-Cola European Partners

This timely book provides a compelling step-by-step guide for accelerated leadership development. Full of practical tips and examples from some of the world's most notable companies. An informative read for anyone involved in leadership development.
Carolyn Fairbairn, Director-General, CBI

Good leadership takes courage and so does good leadership development. A well-written and extensively researched book that shows how HR must take bold people decisions to develop the next generation of leaders. Highlights the importance of diversity and inclusion throughout, and rightly so.
Baroness Mary Goudie, House of Lords, UK

Ines has written an excellent step-by-step guide on how companies should be thinking about and executing long-term development plans for their top talent. It is well laid out and easy to read: full of good examples of best practice and pitfalls to avoid. Essential reading for senior management, HR practitioners, as well as young leaders thinking about their own career trajectories
Dr. George Olcott, Guest Professor, Faculty of Business and Commerce, Keio University, Japan

It is no longer about picking winners in the old school sense, but how we nurture outliers and make them succeed. This book could not have come at a better time where we need less promises and more strategy on the topic of diversity (age, gender, ethnicity). Companies may say they are committed to change and Ines provides a specific strategy on how to implement change and what that actually means for both the organization and the individual.
Pauline Wray, MD, Asia Head, Expand Research and Global Lead for BCG FinTech Control Tower

Book Details

  • EAN: 9780749483050
  • Edition: 1
  • Published: 3rd July 2018
  • Paperback
  • Format: 234x156
  • 248 pages

About the Author

Ines Wichert is an Occupational Psychologist and has been working in HR Consulting for over 15 years, advising global organizations on their talent issues. She is the Managing Director at leadership development consultancy TalUpp and previously ran the Women in Leadership research hub and the Diversity & Inclusion Centre of Excellence for IBM's Smarter Workforce initiative.

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