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. 'Scores of leadership books cross my desk every year, but this has to be the most practical, detailed, and truly useful one I've seen in a long, long time. Byham and Wellins definitely know what works in developing leaders in the real world, and that shows through clearly in the book's practical tips, all-too-true examples, and lucid organization. And no, it's not just for first-timers.' --Eric Schurenberg, Media President and Editor-in-Chief, 'Inc. Magazine' 'No one ever sets out to be a poor leader. But it's that first leadership role that often sets the trajectory for how successful a leader will be. The authors have delivered a book, backed by excellent DDI research, that is packed with insights and actionable steps. It's a must-read for those who are transitioning into a leadership role and who are committed to achieving excellence.' --Tony Bingham, President and CEO, Association for Talent Development (formerly ASTD) 'I recently moved into an assistant branch manager role. Although I had some leadership experience, I found the tips and tools in this book to be tremendously helpful. They were my safety blanket to ensure that I got off on the right foot with my team and my manager. This book is a must-read for anyone who was recently promoted and wants to hit the ground running.' --Heather Reynolds, First Commonwealth Bank 'We've done the research--leaders who build the critical skills and behaviors mentioned in this book succeed far beyond those who do not. First-time leaders who heed this advice show much greater competence and confidence and get better results through others.' --J. Scott Boston, Vice President, Human Resources, Kimberly Clark 'This book perfectly highlights the skills we know 21st-century MBAs need post-graduation that they don't necessarily learn in b-school. It's an excellent resource for any new MBA looking to transition from individual contributor to an effective and influential front-line leader.' --Laurie Weingart, Senior Associate Dean of Education at Carnegie Mellon Tepper School of Business 'In an era where companies are becoming platforms and ecosystems, the world increasingly needs really good catalysts to lead. This is the first well-researched book I've read that got me asking the important questions for how to become better.' --Peter Sims, Co-Founder and Managing Director, The Silicon Guild; author of 'Little Bets' and Coauthor of 'True North'