cover image Pivot Points: Five Decisions Every Successful Leader Must Make

Pivot Points: Five Decisions Every Successful Leader Must Make

Julia Tang Peters. Wiley, $25 (256p) ISBN 978-1-1188-9473-6

Leadership and management consultant Peters offers a breath of fresh air on the common topic of leadership strategies by focusing on decision-making. Interviewing five successful leaders—including Bud Frankel of Frankel & Company, Glen Tullman at 7wire Ventures, and Dale Dawson of Bridge2Rwanda—she discovers that each made exactly five decisions that turned their careers into leadership-building journeys. After providing a framework for thinking about leadership and the titular pivot points, she dedicates chapters to each of these leaders (who also include John Rogers of Ariel Investments and Al Golin of GolinHarris), showing how decisions shape a leader over the course of a career. Each leader grappled with different areas of leadership—ideas, change, teams, culture, and passion—and cumulatively they provide a well-rounded perspective on leadership challenges. Peters also examines common themes from very different career trajectories, and shares survey research on how people make major decisions. This informative and helpful book offers a refreshing look at effective leadership that will interest readers at any career stage. (June)