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Filling the Leadership Pipeline by Robert B Kaiser

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Swimming Upstream: The Challenge of Managerial Promotions

Arthur M. Freedman

American University, NTL Institute, and Quantum Associates

On the surface, promotions sound like a good thing—especially for driven high achievers bent on making something of their careers. But like most things in life, the reality is far less glamorous than the cover story. In truth, promotions to jobs of greater responsibility, prestige, and influence are among the most difficult challenges one will face over the course of a career. There is much suspense: Will the person hit the ground running? Will he or she flounder? And much is at stake: Will the organization continue smoothly, or will there be disruption? Will the individual become a more mature leader, or will ...

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