Executive Onboarding Expert George Bradt Releases New Book for First-Time Leaders

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"First-Time Leader" advises new leaders on how to take charge of and work with their team by using the BRAVE leadership components from the outside in.

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George Bradt, the executive onboarding guru best known for his book The New Leader’s 100-Day Action Plan, and Gillian Davis have released a book for new leaders titled First-Time Leader: Foundational Tools for Inspiring and Enabling Your New Team (WILEY; February 2014; Hardcover & e-book; $25; ISBN: 978-1-118-82812-0)

Many people become effective leaders only after making mistakes – sometimes a lot of mistakes. But
first-time leaders shouldn’t have to go through this unnecessary pain, Bradt and Davis argue in this essential guidebook for new leaders. By following the strategic framework within First-Time Leader, new leaders will learn how to avoid the pitfalls that can hinder achievement and instead accelerate their path to success.

“First-time leaders don’t need to create fancy new products or have a magnetic personality to succeed,” says Bradt, the managing director of the executive onboarding consulting firm PrimeGenesis. “The long-term path to effective leadership is identifying a purpose-driven future and rallying the team around it. This can be learned. Charisma cannot.”

First-Time Leader advises new leaders on how to take charge of and work with their team by using these BRAVE leadership components from the outside in:

  •     Environment: Setting the context for everything else by understanding the historical background and competitive environment in which you are playing
  •     Values: Understanding your mission and getting clear on what really matters and why
  •     Attitude: Learning and observing the current strategy before trying to change things
  •     Relationships: Understanding the heart of leadership. If you can’t connect, you can’t lead
  •     Behaviors: Determining the course of action that will make a lasting impact on others

As a first-time leader herself, Davis did not feel there was an adequate resource that was devoted to help first-time leaders lead. She knew she didn’t want to manage; she wanted to inspire her team to buy into the vision, and be able to create a long-term legacy. Unlike other books on leadership, First-Time Leader helps people become leaders by teaching them how to unite their team. It provides strategies for preparing for the leadership role, hiring the right people and developing a 100-day plan, as well as tips for leading small, medium and large teams – each of which requires a unique approach.

In First-Time Leader, new leaders, as well as experienced professionals starting up a new division, will learn several lifetimes of leadership insights, providing the foundational tools for inspiring and enabling a new team – and ultimately, success.

In addition to the book, PrimeGenesis offers a number of online and in-person resources for first-time leaders and human resources professionals including:

  •     Full-day public workshops
  •     Private group workshops
  •     Video series of the opening modules of the workshops
  •     Do-it-yourself kit for training professionals to run their own workshops
  •     Online interactive onboarding preparation tools
  •     Live onboarding preparation sessions

For more information, visit: http://www.primegenesis.com/blog/first-time-leader-program/.

About PrimeGenesis
PrimeGenesis is a global executive onboarding and transition acceleration consulting firm with offices in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, London, Tokyo, Shanghai and Mumbai. Since its founding in 2002, PrimeGenesis’ focus on helping new leaders during the first 100 days of a new job or assignment has helped reduce the rate of failure for new leaders from 40 percent to 10 percent. Its partners have written the books on onboarding tools, including "The New Leader’s 100-Day Action Plan" (Wiley, third edition 2011),"Onboarding" (Wiley, 2009) and "The Total Onboarding Program" (Wiley/Pfeiffer, 2010). In October 2011 PrimeGenesis released the New Leader Smart Tools iPad application.

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