The Leap to Leader



Book Title:  The Leap to Leader: How Ambitious Managers Make the Jump to Leadership
Author: Adam Bryant
Publisher: HBR Press
List Price: $32.00
Format: Hard Cover, 209 pages
Publication Date: 2023
ISBN: 978-1-64782-489-1
Reviewer: Michael Branham
Review Date: December 2023


Through a mix of personal anecdotes, industry insights, and practical wisdom, “The Leap to Leader” explores the intricacies of the path to becoming an effective leader.   From steering company strategies to establishing and managing their own companies, Adams’ interviewees provide a checklist for aspiring leaders and entrepreneurs in similar domains.

Overview of Book’s Structure

Chapter 1 – Do You Really Want to Lead?

Chapter 2 – First, Be a Great Manager

Chapter 3 – Win Promotions without Asking for Them

Chapter 4 – Make the Leap to Leader


We start off in Chapter 1, where Adam asks us to provide direct and honest assessments of ourselves.  What is my end goal?  Am I ready for the work?  This sets the tone for the rest of the book.  Then, we look at the steppingstone of leadership, Management.  Here, he dives into the good and bad behaviors that have developed both bad and good leaders.  Chapter 3 pushes us to work for the team and not ourselves.  Once we adopt this mentality, we have to then decide to “make the leap”.

Throughout the teachings of this book, Adam treats us to the great insights and advice of successful C-level leaders and business owners across industries, cultures, and countries.  They provide snippets of their professional moments when they “realized their calling” with both their wins and their challenges.

Highlights: What I liked!

The interviews!  It’s great to hear so many different perspectives from established and accomplished leaders in their respective fields.  My favorite was Chapter 3.  This chapter should be the blueprint and mantra that all professionals, at any level, should practice at all times.  It sends a genuine message to the reader that we are all in this together and will only get through it together.  Success is not made by one individual, and successful leaders, with a loyal following, know this.


To read entire Book Review, click here

How to cite this review: Branham, M. (2024).  The Leap to Leader, book review, PM World Journal, Vol. XIII, Issue I, January. Available online at https://pmworldlibrary.net/wp-content/uploads/2024/01/pmwj137-Jan2024-Branham-The-Leap-to-Leader-book-review.pdf

About the Reviewer

Michael Branham

Plano, TX, USA


Meet this husband, father, brother, friend, project manager, and proud business owner.  With over 21 years in project management and leading cross functional teams, he continues to increase his stronghold in the Telecommunications and Information Technology sectors.  From overseeing programs and managing projects, he ensures full transparency and honest feedback to ensure success on every endeavor.

Editor’s note:  This book review was the result of a partnership between the PM World Journal and the PMI Dallas Chapter. Authors and publishers provide books to the PM World Journal Editor; books are delivered to the PMI Dallas Chapter where they are offered free to PMI members who agree to provide a review within 45 days; book reviews are published in the PM World Journal and PM World Library. Reviewers can normally claim PDU’s for PMP recertification (or continuing education credits for other certifications) upon publication of their book reviews.

If you would like us to publish a book review or are an author or publisher of a project management-related book, and would like the book reviewed through this program, please contact editor@pmworldjournal.com