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Catalyze Your Leadership Career: Your First Leadership Job: How Catalyst Leaders Bring out the Best in Others

Magazine article Talent Development

Catalyze Your Leadership Career: Your First Leadership Job: How Catalyst Leaders Bring out the Best in Others

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Catalyze Your Leadership Career

Your First Leadership Job: How Catalyst

Leaders Bring Out the Best In Others

By Tacy M. Byham and Richard S. Wellins

Wiley, 288 pp., $25

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Perhaps you recently got your first leadership position and you need direction, but you're not sure to whom to turn. Or maybe you're seeking sound advice from mentors who have years of practical experience and understand how to put theory into practice. If you're in either predicament, I highly recommend Your First Leadership Job.

Byham and Wellins have created an instructional text that is a valuable resource for any professional in his first leadership position. The book provides new leaders actionable information that is grounded in practice, based on the authors' many years of experience and research. Each chapter offers tools for self-reflection and assessment, giving readers important insights into their own leadership styles and abilities. The breadth and depth of the information covered will help all employees aim their leadership career in the right direction.

Your First Leadership Job is written in a way that allows even the most novice leader to understand the content and how to apply it. Part 1 focuses on catalyst leadership, which the authors describe as "the gold standard." Their central message, that leadership is built on effective conversations, is contained in their idea of catalyst leaders-"energetic, supportive, forward-thinking mentors who spark action in others. …

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