First Time Leadership

Non-Fiction - Business/Finance
425 Pages
Reviewed on 06/10/2021
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Author Biography

First Time Leadership was started by me (Daniel Lee – Lead researcher and Author) with the support of my business partner, Avi Liran (Co-author of the First Time Leadership book).

You see. I was an aspiring leader responsible for a training budget of USD$5M in 2015, and thought I was one step away from being formally promoted to be a First Time Leader.

One day, I was told I needed to show more leadership. I spent the next 3 years attempting to answer the question of ‘What is leadership?’.

Only to fail.

First Time Leadership is my response to that question. I finally found the answer in my journey, and now dedicate my time to spreading that knowledge to as many others as possible.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite

First Time Leadership by Daniel Lee and Avi Liran is a great book on leadership, and in it, the authors answer the question: What does it take for leaders to lead successfully? Presenting a work that involves in-depth research and interviews with 220 leaders across the globe, the authors identify key qualities of effective leaders and highlight some of the things that change the game in leadership, including effective communication, collaboration, taking ownership, self-awareness, and more. While the book provides a proven path to successful leadership, it features thirty stories that are educative and entertaining at the same time. Readers learn from seasoned leaders and define their leadership style through the well-thought-out exercises that are presented.

Organized, well-researched, and logically presented, this book provides insights and leadership lessons for readers that will not only help them get started on their leadership journey but will also provide the tools existing leaders need to excel. I enjoyed the insights from different leadership styles and greatly appreciated the idea that leadership is about positive influence. The writing itself is beautiful and ordinary readers will find it easy to access the information that is so generously shared. This book is a gem for aspiring leaders and anyone who wants to lead better; it redefines the key tenets of leadership and provides tools that will help readers take control of their journey towards effectively leading others. Daniel Lee and Avi Liran understand what readers need and they deliver it with style and flair, communicating what is essential in a language that is beautiful and with authority that grabs readers by the hand and leads them toward their leadership goals.

Renee Guill

First Time Leadership by Daniel Lee and Avi Liran is a non-fiction motivational book on how to become a leader in the workplace. The authors use stories of individuals around the world to show how they became leaders in their companies. They have used reflections to help you think more about what methods they used. They also have charts to help prove their points. They even have a quiz for you to take.

I thought that First Time Leadership by Daniel Lee and Avi Liran was very informative. I loved how they used stories to show how certain methods work. I find it more enjoyable to learn that way. The reflections at the end of each chapter was a nice touch; it helped to make you think more about how you could use that method in your workplace. I loved the quiz on if you were coachable. Each story was based on a real person or people and the authors told readers who they were at the end of each story. I thought that was a nice touch; it made it seem more authentic.

I thought it was cool that Daniel Lee and Avi Liran had links to their website and social media in case you had any questions or wanted more information. I wish I had known this information when I was working because it is not just for first-time leaders; it could also be useful for people who have been leading a long time. I also think it would work in other aspects of your life, like your family life, for instance. I would definitely recommend First Time Leadership if you need inspiration on how to become a leader.

Astrid Iustulin

Being a leader for the first time can be tough. Even if you have been a great student or have a good background, leadership positions are challenging nonetheless. If you have always hoped to find sound advice to help you develop your leadership skills, then I recommend that you read First Time Leadership by Daniel Lee and Avi Liran. Drawing on the experiences of outstanding leaders, the authors tell the stories of many entrepreneurs, highlighting their challenges, mistakes, and improvements with the aim of showing you how to become as successful as them. In short, Lee and Liran condense in First Time Leadership everything you need to know to take your leadership skills to the next level.

I have read several books about leadership, but what makes First Time Leadership stand out is its structure. Daniel Lee and Avi Liran had a very good idea when they chose to write this book presenting real-life stories because nothing can be more enlightening than learning from the experience of others. The information they give is valuable and precious, and I believe it really puts aspiring leaders on the right track. I also like that at the end of each chapter a special box summarizes the aim of each story and what action you should take. From any point of view, First Time Leadership is one of the most useful books on leadership. I am sure it will be an inspiring read both for first-time leaders and accomplished professionals. It is really true that we never stop learning.

Divine Zape

First Time Leadership: Lessons Learned from Interviews with 220 Leaders in 37 Countries on 6 Continents by Daniel Lee and Avi Liran is a well-researched and well-written book packed with wisdom and insights on what makes a great and successful leader. In this book, readers will learn some of the outstanding traits of influential leaders and how to build on those traits. The authors write about key elements of effective leadership and invite readers into eye-opening discussions on topics like self-awareness, becoming an authentic leader, fostering a caring culture, the place of collaboration in leadership, and how to be a great communicator. This book shows readers how effective leaders see themselves, treat others, articulate problems, and take ownership.

This is one of the best books I have read on leadership and as I read, I could see the qualities I have admired in some of the role models and leaders that I respect. Daniel Lee and Avi Liran present real-life stories and feature insights from leaders in a variety of businesses and professions. It is deftly written for beginners who want to unlock their leadership potential and become people who make a difference in the lives of others. There is wisdom in this book for leaders at different levels, from first time to seasoned leaders. The book not only answers the question “What is leadership?” but spells out what leaders need to lead successfully. The writing is accessible and the tone conversational and engaging. First Time Leadership is the one book you should read if you want to learn more about leadership and cultivate leadership qualities that drive success.

Grace Masso

First Time Leadership by Daniel Lee and Avi Liran will change the way most people see leadership. Reading this book left me with the distinct impression that the authors did the grunt work and completed their homework in a meticulous manner. The book provides the lessons readers need to become successful leaders, and readers will enjoy reading about successful leaders across the globe who have been interviewed for this book. Topics like communicating effectively, self-awareness, creating a positive culture, and allowing collaboration to flourish are well-explored, giving readers a roadmap to successful leadership.

Readers will find valuable research delivered to them in crisp prose and a tone that is upbeat. The title gives the impression that this book is written for would-be and wannabe leaders while in reality it contains nuggets of wisdom and exercises that will drive excellence even in leaders who have been in the role for many years. The research offers a practical and insightful take on leadership, featuring stories from some of the most successful leaders and what makes them succeed. Whether you are leading a small team of customer service representatives or an organization, this book will challenge a lot of what you know about leadership and provide you with actionable tools that will transform your leadership style into something that has a stronger influence on those who follow you. The research is noticeable, the insights powerful, and the stories and examples just spot-on. This is a wonderful playbook for leaders and a highly recommended one, too.