This book, by Debra Benton, reads fairly quickly. This is the first title of hers I have read although she has previously written books that used a similar approach of interviewing business leaders.
The focus is on identifying and improving personal breadth and effectiveness with an emphasis on the traits and behaviors that are found in business leaders and are likely to be looked for in future leaders (emphasis on the later).
The introduction starts with "Right now, where you work, there are people behind closed doors desperately trying to find someone to promote or develop for a larger role. When your name comes up, you want one of those authoritative-looking people to stand up and say...(insert examples of how effective you are here)." Benton, chapter by chapter, goes through a list of the areas where she believes that the subtle and subjective differentiations occur -- the center of which is craftsmanship, communication, collaboration, and confidence. It's one thing to "be ready" and something a little different to have people recognize that you "are ready".
This book does not belong in the list of the first ten books in my management library. But, it makes the next ten -- for the simple reason that re-skimming it every so often will be a good way for me to make a high level check that, in the day to day, I am not losing track of the traits and behaviors that will help me reach some goals and develop into an effective leader in my organization. The book has a little bit of a 'big company' feel to it but I would recommend it.