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Leadership Conversations: Challenging High Potential Managers to Become Great Leaders

Author: Alan S. Berson
Publisher: Jossey-Bass, 2013
May 22 2013
Private Event

About the Authors - Alan S. Berson is an executive coach, leadership consultant, speaker, and adjunct professor at Georgetown's McDonough School of Business, where he teaches leadership and change management in both the EMBA and MBA programs. He owns PulsePoint Consulting, with major clients including NASA, the National Cancer Institute, LexisNexis, KPMG, and others. Previously, he held leadership and marketing roles at Fortune 500 firms including Gillette, Bausch & Lomb and Marriott. Berson also teaches in Booz Allen's Change Management Advanced Practitioner Program and speaks at corporate events. He achieved the PCC certification from the ICF, and is certified to deliver assessments of the CCL, PDI, and TalentSmart. He holds an MBA from Wharton. Berson lives in Washington, DC.

Richard G. Stieglitz is a business consultant and speaker. He was the principal of RGS associates, his successful consulting business, which he sold in 2006. Previously, he served in the US Navy and worked in the software and aerospace industries. His email newsletter The Change Challenge reaches an audience of 1000. Stieglitz holds a PhD in nuclear engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic. He lives in Washington, DC.

About the Book - Conversation techniques and tools that can help strong managers become great leaders

Often the very same skills and traits that enable rising stars to achieve success "tenacity, aggressiveness, self-confidence" become liabilities when promoted into a leadership track. While managers' conversations are generally transactional and centered on the task at hand, leaders must focus on people, asking great questions and aligning them with the vision for the future. Leadership mindsets and skills can be developed, and Leadership Conversations provides practical guidance for connecting with others in ways that transform each interaction into an opportunity for organizational and personal growth.

  • Identifies four types of conversation every leader must master: building relationships, making decisions, taking action, and developing others
  • Provides an action plan for boosting your personal leadership potential, as well for developing leadership skills in others
  • Draws on the authors' rich experience coaching and working with leaders at a wide range of organizations, including NASA, the U.S. Navy, intelligence agencies, Boeing, Gillette, Bausch & Lomb, and Georgetown University

Leadership Conversations is required reading for both high-potential managers looking to make it to the next level and leaders looking to develop their people.