Becoming the Very Best First-Time Leader
Congratulations! You’re now in charge. Perhaps it’s your first time as a leader, or maybe you want to fine-tune your skills. Either way, you’ve begun one of the most rewarding chapters of your career. But, like many beginnings, the first few years can be challenging. Fortunately, you don’t have to tackle this challenge on your own. Your First Leadership Job gives you practical advice straight from others who have walked in your shoes. Not only does it include dozens of tools to ensure your success, but it’s also based on the authors’ and DDI’s extensive experience and research, which ultimately has led to the development of millions of leaders around the world. In fact, a quarter-million leaders will be developed this year alone via DDI training.
Your First Leadership Job is divided into two sections. Part 1 introduces the concept of catalyst leader—one who sparks energy, passion, and commitment in others. Your transition to catalyst leader is a major step in your leadership journey. This book provides essential tips to put you on the catalyst path. Ultimately, leadership is about the many conversations—frequent, clear, authentic, and occasionally difficult—that you will have daily. Your First Leadership Job builds awareness of the fundamental skills you’ll come to rely on to make every one of these interactions successful.
Part 2 devotes 13 chapters to critical core leadership competencies, including coaching for success, hiring the best employees, turning dreaded appraisals into discussions that propel performance, and handling difficult employees. It also includes a chapter for first-time female leaders.
Look at Your First Leadership Job as an indispensable companion to becoming an awesome leader—one who will make a positive, lasting impact on your team, family, and career. Visit www.yourfirstleadershipjob.com to learn more.
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About the Author
TACY M. BYHAM, PHD, is the CEO of Development Dimensions International (DDI). Tacy has worked with dozens of global organizations, creating custom solutions to improve their leaders' performance. She believes that better leadership is not only about the workplace, but also about better communities and, ultimately, a better world.
RICHARD S. WELLINS, PHD, is a global expert in leadership development. Your First Leadership Job is Rich's fifth book on talent management, including the bestseller, Empowered Teams. His research has been featured in Fortune, BusinessWeek, CNBC, NPR, BBC, and Forbes.
Table of Contents
Part 1: Catalyst Leadership 1
1. Now You’re a Leader 3
The Journey Begins
2. Boss or Catalyst? 9
What Makes a Great Leader?
3. Navigating the Transition to Leadership 17
The Mind-Set You Need to Succeed
4. Your Leadership Brand, Part 1 28
5. Your Leadership Brand, Part 2 35
Bring Out the Best in People and Be Receptive to Feedback
6. Leadership Is a Conversation, Part 1 46
How to Make People Feel Heard, Valued, and Motivated
7. Leadership Is a Conversation, Part 2 66
How to Build Trust and Ownership
8. Your Five-Step Conversation Road Map 75
Taking a Practical Approach to Get Results
9. Nothing Else Matters Unless You Get Results 87
How to Execute with Focus, Measurement, and Accountability
Part 2: Mastery and Leadership Skills 113
10. Hiring and Selecting the Best 115
Behavior Predicts Behavior
11. What Your Boss Really Wants from You 130
Become an Adviser
12. Engagement and Retention 135
Creating the Environment to Energize People
13. Meetings 149
Make Them Count!
14. Coaching 161
Learning from Success
15. Feedback Fundamentals 173
Specific, Timely, and Balanced
16. Handling Difficult Employee Situations 181
Focus on the Behavior, Not the Person
17. Delegation 191
Be a Delegator, Not a Dumper
18. Performance Management 201
An Ongoing Cycle, Not an Event
19. You and Your Network 209
Nurture Your Business Relationships
20. Influence 221
Look Up, Down, and Across
21. A Woman’s First Leadership Job 229
Own the Moment
22. Leadership Changes the World 241
The Difference Is You
Part 3: Bonus Chapters and Tools 245
(available online at the DDI microsite)
About DDI 255
About the Author 256