Eric Jacobson

How To Be A Catalyst Leader

In Leadership, Leadership Books on August 6, 2015 at 11:24 am

Catalyst leaders represent the gold standard — energetic, supportive, forward-thinking mentors who spark action in others,” explain Tacy M. Byham and Richard S. Wellins, authors of the new book, Your First Leadership Job — How Catalyst Leaders Bring Out the Best in Others.

More specifically, the authors share that a catalyst leader:

  • Asks and listens
  • Fosters innovation
  • Provides balanced feedback
  • Builds trust
  • Focuses on people’s potential
  • Collaborates and networks
  • Empowers others
  • Encourages development
  • Energizes and mobilizes
  • Aligns actions with strategy

In the book, you’ll learn how catalyst leaders bring out the best in people. They do that by, among other actions, by:

  • Encouraging the person to try new things.
  • Giving the person input on things that affect him/her.
  • Allowing the person to safely learn through failure, so they can take appropriate risks.
  • Taking the time to find out what motivates the person.

The authors also cover the following topics in the book:

  • How to build trust and ownership
  • How to be authentic
  • How to delegate
  • How to nurture business relationships
  • How to become an adviser

Your First Leadership Job is certainly a good book for a first-time leader, but it’s also equally relevant for any leader who wants to become that gold standard catalyst leader.

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