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Your First Leadership Job: How Catalyst Leaders Bring Out the Best in Others by Tacy M. Byham, Richard S. Wellins

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We have a responsibility to our family and our community to give back to others and use our leadership skills in our day-to-day lives beyond work.

22 Leadership Changes the WorldThe Difference Is You

In the course of writing this book, we've spent quite a bit of time—separately and together—thinking about what leadership really means to people today. We've made the case, we believe, for the deep science behind leadership development. But we hope you'll also take the time to celebrate the profoundly human part of what you're doing by pursuing a leadership career: helping yourself and others grow. This growth will pay off for everyone involved, including your business and your customers. And your leadership skills can help your keep your career on track even if your industry is in turmoil, and even if the economy is bad.

At some point, you may have started to notice that a different you is emerging: one who is more certain about the future, one who has a deeper understanding of and connection to the people around you. This is your leadership voice gaining strength. Use it! Hand that inner you the microphone as often as you can. It's good for you, your company, and for the world as a whole.

You'll find value in these leadership skills beyond the 40 or 50 (okay, 60) hours you spend at work. Remember back in Chapter 8, when we shared the story of the leader who used the Discussion Planner as the emotional roadmap for a really tough conversation with his son? That was his leadership ...

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