First-time Leader

Foundational Tools for Inspiring and Enabling Your New Team

by Gillian Davis , George Bradt

Number of pages: 240

Publisher: Wiley

BBB Library: Leadership, Operations Management

ISBN: 9781118828120

About the Authors

Gillian Davis : Gillian Davis works with first time leaders by coaching them through


George Bradt : George Benet Bradt is the founder and Chairman of executive onboarding


Editorial Review

First-time Leader provides basic frameworks, processes, and tools to help first-time leaders and their teams deliver better results faster. Leading is about inspiring and enabling others to do their absolute best, together, to realize a meaningful and rewarding shared purpose. Authors George Bradt, Managing Director of PrimeGenesis, and Gillian Davis, Managing Director of AlanKey, show how to achieve these results through the BRAVE acronym: Behaviors, Relationships, Attitudes, Values, Environment. Learn the three stages of team development, and get advice for specific leadership situations including onboarding yourself, onboarding others, and crisis management.

Book Reviews

"The strength of this book is in the help it provides to the first time leader who wants to get the group off to a good start."NACADA

"Other books for first-time leaders put too much emphasis on management processes like delivering difficult feedback, firing employees, etc. These are important issues and we address them in “First-Time Leader,” but other books lack a framework to help managers become leaders by uniting the team around a shared purpose." Prime Genesis

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Wisdom to Share

And no one is going to follow you until you have earned the right to lead.

Some enlightened organizations have a better process in place.

If you are starting or joining a small team, lead with environment and values.

Make choices around strategy and then be sure your posture and culture are in sync with those choices.

To change your organization’s behaviors and relationships, change its attitude.

The context for your leadership is made up of the business environment, organizational history, and recent results.

Learn about the historical context, business and competitive environment, and recent results. Don’t be afraid to ask.

Once the detailed plan is in play continually monitor its progress against your stated goals to ensure what you thought will happen is happening in a timely manner.

The right resources for your start-up depend on your needs.

The pivot point for most start-ups is making sales.

When moving into that first-time leadership role, get a head start, manage your message and build your team.

Where managing is about organizing, coordinating, and telling, leading is about inspiring and enabling and co-creating.

Leading is different from managing.

The number one problem first-time leaders face is failing to understand that leading requires entirely different strengths than doing or managing.

Most people become good leaders only after stumbling through new situations, making mistakes, and learning from them.