The Last Best Leadership Book You'll Ever Need
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This book gives the first line supervisor a foundation to lead from. It prevents counter intuitive mistakes many new leaders make and it outlines new and old strategies in an effective way. The leader will be able to separate the responsibilities and faults of performance so they know they did what they could to help the person. The leader will be able to make tough decisions with confidence. More
You have just taken a position where, according to the Center for Creative Leadership, 40% of people fail within the first 18 months. Therefore, you have a lot on you plate and you have much at stake. If you fail, you will have to either give up the position and look for work elsewhere or you will have to swallow the embarrassment of going back to a line position. However, if you succeed, your management career could have endless opportunities. This book will help you make it through those first 18 months and beyond. As a brand new boss, you are expected to know what to do. It is much like raising children or buying a house. Because everyone does it, the assumption is that everyone knows how to do it. But, this is not true. Rarely are people equipped to lead, and, more important, there are some natural mistakes that can happen—many effective leadership decisions are counter intuitive. For example, first time supervisors get the message, wrongly, that they are supposed to treat everyone the same. This message is intended to prevent discrimination, but when leaders try to treat everyone the same—bad performers receive the same behaviors from the leader that good performers do—and, chaos ensues. New leaders often expect trust too soon; they miss the changing role they and their team is experiencing; they miss the power of listening; they forget to explain the why behind decisions, and, most important, they go into leadership for themselves, not to grow and develop other people. However, this book is not written in a fashion that says, “These are the mistakes you need to avoid.” Instead, it takes a positive approach and says, this is what you need to do.
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