The path to effective leadership is laced with joys and challenges. In Your First Leadership Job , Tacy M. Byham and Richard S. Wellins paint a clear picture of what it takes to become a truly remarkable leader—one called a catalyst—who ignites energy, passion and commitment in others.
Catalyst leaders represent the gold standard. They are energetic, supportive, forward-thinking mentors who spark great things in others. Catalysts help people and organizations grow by intentionally pursuing goals that stretch their skills and test their mettle. And, catalyst leaders are opportunity creators—they open doors of opportunity for others.
Becoming a catalyst is hard work, whether or not you are a new leader or more experienced. Don’t expect it to happen overnight. A strong passion to become a great leader is one of their common characteristics. They are always working to build and improve their leadership skills, but they are also introspective. They take the time for contemplation and assess ways in which they can be better.
Development Dimensions International (DDI) has amassed data from hundreds of job analyses in almost every industry all over the world, looking to identify the factors that differentiated average from outstanding leader performance. From the results, a Success ProfileSM was created, and there are four components to a success profile for a frontline leader:
1. Organizational knowledge—what a person knows (e.g. company products/services)
2. Experience—what a person has done in the past (e.g. served on a special project team)