Being the Boss

Linda Hill & Kent Lineback


In Circulation

Are you the boss you need to be? You never dreamed being the boss would be so hard. You're caught in a web of conflicting expectations from your subordinates, from those above you, and from your peers and customers. You're not alone. As Harvard Business school's Linda Hill and manager and executive Kent line back reveal in being the boss, becoming an effective manager is a painful, difficult journey. It requires trial and error, endless effort, and slowly acquired personal insight. Many managers never complete the journey and instead just learn how to get by.

At worst, they become terrible bosses. This essential book, now with a new preface, explains how to avoid that fate by mastering three imperatives: manage yourself: learn that management isn't about doing all the work on your own. It's about leading others to accomplish things with you as their guide. Manage your network: understand how power and influence work in your organization, and build a network of mutually beneficial relationships to navigate your company's complex political environment manage your team: create a high-performing "we" Out of all the "i's" Who report to you. Packed with compelling stories and practical advice, being the boss is an indispensable guide not only for first-time managers but for all managers seeking to master the most daunting challenges of leadership.

What will you learn from this book

  1. Manage Yourself: Effective leadership starts with self-awareness and self-management. Understanding your strengths, weaknesses, and values is crucial for becoming a successful leader.

  2. Manage Your Network: Building and managing relationships within your organization is essential. Leaders need to navigate and leverage networks to influence and get work done.

  3. Manage Your Team: Creating a high-performing team involves setting a clear direction, fostering collaboration, empowering team members, and providing support and guidance.

  4. Adaptability: Leaders must adapt their leadership style to different situations and individuals. Being flexible and adaptable is key to effectively lead diverse teams and handle varied challenges.

  5. Communication Skills: Effective communication is fundamental. Leaders need to articulate a compelling vision, listen actively, and communicate clearly to inspire and align their teams.

  6. Decision-Making: Making informed decisions and being decisive is a critical aspect of leadership. Leaders should consider different perspectives while making decisions that benefit the organization.

  7. Developing Others: Supporting the growth and development of team members is important for building a strong and capable team. Leaders should mentor, coach, and provide opportunities for growth.

  8. Embracing Change: Leaders should be proactive in driving change within their teams and organizations. They need to embrace change, encourage innovation, and navigate transitions effectively.

  9. Balancing Priorities: Prioritization and time management are crucial skills for leaders. Balancing competing demands while staying focused on strategic objectives is essential.

  10. Continuous Learning: Successful leaders are committed to continuous learning and improvement. They seek feedback, reflect on experiences, and actively develop their skills and knowledge.

Language English
ISBN-10 9781422157398
No of pages 284
Font Size Medium
Book Publisher Harvard Business Press
Published Date 01 Jan 2012

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Author : Linda Hill & Kent Lineback

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