Summary of Your First Leadership Job

How Catalyst Leaders Bring Out the Best in Others

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Your First Leadership Job book summary
A pair of organizational psychologists helps you make the challenging transition into your first leadership job.


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For many people, becoming a new frontline supervisor or entry-level leader is the most challenging transition in their careers. Organizational psychologists Tacy M. Byham and Richard S. Wellins help you climb that ladder in this concise, step-by-step guide to navigating your first management role and launching yourself as a leader. Writing in an accessible, straightforward tone, Byham and Wellins provide much-needed advice and step-by-step instructions for novice managers. Their comprehensive manual touches on a variety of pivotal subjects, such as developing your leadership brand, creating a positive workplace culture, learning to inspire your team, harnessing your power to motivate others and finding your calling as a frontline leader. Each chapter provides reinforcement in the form of tests, practice drills and other aids. getAbstract recommends this toolbox to new leaders as well as to executives looking for a fresh perspective on leading today.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How to navigate the challenging transition into your first leadership role
  • How to avoid the common mistakes many bosses make
  • How to become a “catalyst leader,”
  • How to expand your networks and influence


The New “Catalyst Leader”
Becoming a first-time leader is no easy feat. A full two-thirds of employees don’t feel confident in their abilities to manage the transition into a leadership role. However, with the right tools, anyone can learn to be a catalyst leader who inspires others to...
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About the Authors

Tacy M. Byham, PhD, is CEO of the talent management consultancy Development Dimensions International, where Richard S. Wellins, PhD, heads worldwide research and marketing. Wellins wrote five other books on leadership, including Empowered Teams.

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