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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (February 3, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118828127
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118828120
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #455,712 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Did you know that 40% of new leaders fail within their first 18 months? And, did you know that most leadership failures are completely avoidable? In fact, every new leader is perfectly capable of inspiring people to achieve successes and improve performance beyond what they thought possible. Best of all, leadership excellence is easy if you recognize a few key leadership truths. In First-Time Leader, transformational leadership experts George Bradt and Gillian Davis tell you what you need to know to ensure that your first time at the helm makes—rather than breaks—your career.

Drawing on the insights of proven leaders from around the world, as well as from their own experience as leaders and consultants, the authors of First-Time Leader have distilled the most essential lessons on leadership into a coherent approach that can be applied anywhere. With the BRAVE leadership framework (Behaviors, Relationships, Attitudes, Values, Environment), you’ll learn how to work your new role from every relevant angle, resulting in confident leadership that will inspire and enable your team.

Your first leadership role is a career-defining moment. Are you equipped to make the most of it? First-Time Leader gives you everything you need for success, including examples from real-world scenarios and detailed discussion of the basic concepts of onboarding, crisis management, and strategic planning. In addition, learning activities and a suite of fully adaptable downloadable tools are at your disposal and ready to use. With First-Time Leader, you will become the kind of leader you know you can be.

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Praise for First-Time Leader

“Incredible insight essential to leaders at all levels. I will refer back to these often.”
—Jaime Mazza – Human Resource Manager

“This book will help first-time leaders be BRAVE and inspire others to be BRAVE through its worksheets, steps, acronyms, lists, insights, real life stories which really provide color commentary to the content, and even simple stuff like running meetings.”
—Kris Adler – Program Manager

“BRAVE is very useful to apply to many different leadership challenges from setting strategy to crafting effective communication plans. Loved the stories.”
—MaryBeth Schroeder – Director Talent Development and Internal Communication

“Combines crisp identification of critical leadership concepts with detailed and comprehensive resources to assist leaders (both new and experienced) of organizations of any size or function.”
—Seth Gardner – Executive Director

“Where was this book as I cruised up the corporate ladder at P&G, PepsiCo and Paramount? First-Time Leader is the quintessential book for new leaders - written with clarity, conviction and common sense, foundational to helping new leaders and their teams deliver better results faster. We found George and Gillian’s approach with B.R.A.V.E. and the three secrets of happiness as the new backbone for leadership and voted this book in our top 10 MUST read for this year! Make this book your North Star.”
—Rick Tocquigny – Host Life Lessons Radio – “America’s Favorite Lessons Show”


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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jesse Lahey on February 20, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Did you know that 40% of new leaders fail in the first 18 months? How can you avoid failing as a new leader, and learn from other leaders’ mistakes rather than making so many of your own? If you are a new leader or would simply like to take their leadership to the next level, I whole-heartedly recommend George Bradt's latest book.

First-Time Leader begins with a discussion of taking charge of your new team and then tracks through BRAVE leadership components from the outside in:

- Environment: setting the context for everything else by understanding where you are playing.
- Values: the bedrock of a high performing team. Get clear on what really matters and why.
- Attitude: encompassing strategic, posture, and culture choices around how to win
- Relationships: the heart of leadership. If you can’t connect, you can’t lead.
- Behaviors: the actions that make real lasting impact on others.

The #1 problem first-time leaders face is failing to understand that leading requires entirely different strengths than does DOING or MANAGING. This book will help you develop the strengths that will make you successful as a leader.

Great leaders go one step further to co-create a purpose-driven future with their followers. This book will teach you how to do that.

Many people mistakenly assume that you need charisma to be an effective leader, and you either have it or you don’t. This book will help you succeed as a leader regardless of your level of charisma.

George was once a new leader himself, rising through leadership and executive roles at Procter & Gamble, Coa-Cola, and J.D. Powers. In addition, he has helped many executives succeed in new leadership roles. He speaks from experience.
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