Praises for Overcoming 1st Timer Syndrome

Get your first-time leadership role on the right foot with this excellent guide from Assegid Habtewold! With the latest leadership insights and tools and tips to make a smooth transition, you can feel confident moving into your new leadership role. A must read! Marshall Goldsmith, New York Times #1 bestselling author of Triggers, Mojo, and What Got You Here Won’t Get You There 

Dr. Assegid Habtewold does a fine job adding his voice to the conversation about emerging leadership and the 1st timer syndrome by covering the key concepts needed for success. Eddie Turner, Preeminent Authority on Emerging Leaders (Forbes)

Whether you’re a first-time or a seasoned leader struggling with 1st timer syndrome, this book will give you the practical tools you can use to find your intrinsic value and create even more value for those you lead. Dr. David Burkus, Thinker50 ranked thought leader and author of Leading From Anywhere

This book gets right to the source of what emerging leaders need to know and understand about leadership, and helps guide them to the next level of leadership success. It also establishes Dr. AZ as a true thought leader on this critical subject. Mark Levin, CAE CSP, 2020-2021 President, National Speakers Association-DC Chapter

At Per Scholas, we often say that talent is ubiquitous; the opportunity to succeed is not. “Overcoming 1st Timer Syndrome” is a good book I plan to recommend for our learners entering their initial technology career position. Per Scholas prepares highly motivated students throughout our nationwide campuses with technology skills training and professional development, many of them experiencing the corporate environment for the first time. Dr. Habtewold offers helpful tips to move past feelings of imposter syndrome that often show up in those early years as emerging leaders. Ken Walker, Executive Vice President, Diversity & Operational Excellence, Per Scholas

Dr. Assegid Habtewold provides real-world, how-to tips, tools, and strategies for emerging leaders to improve their everyday interactions and leadership abilities. His book is a must-read for those just beginning their leadership journey as well as established leaders. I’ve known Dr. Habetwold for over 20 years; when it comes to advice and solutions on leadership challenges, he is my go-to source! Arnold Sanow, MBA, CSP, Author of Get Along with Anyone, Anytime, Anywhere and Leadership in Trying Times

This book is a must for any emerging leader. It teaches you a lot more than how to overcome first-time leadership pitfalls. The book empowers you to make a smooth transition and then thrive as an emerging leader. You will get great insights and practical approaches to succeed in your first-time leadership role and beyond. You have to read this book! Asmamaw A. Mengistie, PhD, President – American College of Technology (ACT)

Some say that experience is an outstanding teacher. While that may be true, many continue to make the same mistakes, failing to understand how to put what they have learned into action. In (title of the book), Dr. Habtewold, borrowing from research and experience, shares practical insights that, if applied, will help emerging leaders achieve success while minimizing mistakes. This is a book I would have loved to have read when I first started leading. I will make sure my children read it. Dr. Eueugen Wilson, President, Texas Bible College

AZ’s Overcoming 1st Timer Syndrome is a concise and constructive companion for first-time leaders as they take on new roles and responsibilities. The ideas in this book will help to shape a leadership mindset. And the practical tools and tips will help first-time leaders navigate common pitfalls. This book will give first-time leaders confidence in taking on their leadership role and accelerate their path to proficiency. It will also serve as a just-in-time resource for when problems arise. Claudia Escribano, Director of Creative Learning Solutions at Technologies

Every 1st time leader will find extremely valuable suggestions in this book to address a wide variety of leadership challenges and opportunities. Experienced leaders also would benefit from reading this book because it addresses so many of the issues that leaders confront and must address. Neil E. Grunberg, Ph.D., Leadership scholar and educator

Dr. AZ leverages his medical and leadership training to bring forward a comprehensive and prescriptive narrative for emerging leaders who are uneasy about their new role and seeking a guide. If others around you see a bright light, but you feel like a fraud, this book will help you identify why you may be feeling this way and concrete remedies/cures for your self-doubt.  Pick up a copy today and begin your pathway to success. Catherine Zaranis, Founder and CEO, Perform-Link LLC

“Overcoming 1st Timer Syndrome” is a must-read for every emerging leader who wants to continue being successful, moving beyond what may feel like impossible leadership encounters and hurdles. The book is not only well-researched, but also very practical. Today’s new leaders facing complex challenges will find the approach and the practicality of the book very helpful. Dr. Eyob Mamo, Director at Impact Ethiopia

Dr AZ breaks down areas of leadership into bite size chunks that can help first time leaders develop quickly and seasoned leaders realign their leadership skills to be more effective. Dr. Michael D. Brumfield, Founder of Finding Your Identity, LLC

I am thrilled Dr Assegid Habtewold wrote this book with 1st time leaders in mind. The early stage of doing anything is the most fragile phase. I wish Dr. Assegid’s book was around when I started leading for the first time. I greatly appreciate the insight packed and friendly tone of this book. Gabe Hamda, PhD, SPHR, President & CEO, ICATT Professional Services

In this volume Dr. AZ generously shares his knowledge and lessons learned during his own very distinguished leadership journey. Overcoming 1st Timer Syndrome offers a very practical guide for successfully transitioning into your new leadership role. Let Dr. AZ accompany you on that journey. Carolyn Ryffel, Intercultural Communication Coach and Consultant

This book is a must-read for new leaders and managers! Stepping into your first leadership role presents opportunities and the reward for years of hard work. However, it also poses significant and generally unseen challenges. Being well prepared is the best antidote to those challenges. By reading this book and doing the exercises, you will be significantly more prepared and increase your success and that of your organization. Maureen Metcalf, CEO, Innovative Leadership Institute

Dr Assegid Habtewold’s unrelenting quest to help others become better leaders is admirable. His positivity and wealth of coaching experience shines through. If you’re in a first time leadership role, this book can be an invaluable guide and asset, as you navigate the leadership challenges you will inevitably face. Sylvia Baffour, Author, I Dare You to Care

Without fail, in my many years of work in the professional development field, I have observed first-time leaders make the same mistakes repeatedly. However, in his book, “Overcoming 1st Timer Syndrome,” Dr. Assegid Habtewold not only identifies what those mistakes typically are he also provides sound advice for working through each one of them. This book is a must-read if you want to start your leadership journey on the right foot and move through those first few months or even years more effectively.

Christina Eanes, Professional Development Expert at If you are looking for a book for yourself or some of the members of your team who are looking to hit the ground running in a new leadership position and avoid some of the pitfalls that are common – Dr. Habtewold’s book is for you! In his book, he outlines 11 “Antidotes” for a condition known as “First-Timers Syndrome” where you may have if you are a new or aspiring leader. That can be a nerve-racking experience but “Dr. AZ” guides you through the process with grace and wisdom along with making it easy to understand for all levels. I would highly recommend this for you or your up-and-coming leadership staff to build your team and deliver results!  (…spoiler alert, those are two of the eleven!) David A. Miles, Ph.D. Founder | Principal, Dr. Dave Leadership Corporation 

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