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Being the Boss: The 3 Imperatives for Becoming a Great Leader

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You never dreamed being the boss would be so hard. You're caught in a web of conflicting expectations from subordinates, your supervisor, peers, and customers.

You're not alone. As Linda Hill and Kent Lineback reveal in Being the Boss, becoming an effective manager is a painful, difficult journey. It's trial and error, endless effort, and slowly acquired personal insight. M
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published January 11th 2011 by Harvard Business Review Press (first published January 10th 2011)
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I believe this book is a good and quite complete one - at least for me :) being a manager/lead for 2 months now when it comes on the duties and challenges of a manager.
The idea is to be aware of the 3 imperatives of a great manager:
- manage yourself: if one wants to be an effective and trusted manager of people, he/she should start with managing the self. What means to be a boss, the role, the relationship with others. Being aware it is all about results in the end, but the ones around you who n
I just wish I had found this book a lot earlier, say a decade back when I first started my career.

This is a must-read for all those professionals keen on becoming an ace people manager, or a manager per se. Replete with practical gems and a running case study this book is just what it says: an imperative if you want to become a great leader.

Learning to manage yourself, your network and your team forms the crux of the book. And more importantly, throughout the book the authors remind the reader
This book is very straight-forward and practical, with concrete advice on how to be a better manager. Being hyper-critical of myself by nature, I feel like i easily master the reflective, inquisitive, planning parts of being a manager. The section on networking (managing yourself and your team are the other two) was the most interesting and helpful to me as it is the area where i need the most work. I play nice with others with a specific goal in mind, but the idea of reaching out for the sake o ...more
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From our pages (May–June/11): "A how-to guide for managers frustrated by conflicting demands and the mire of office politics, Being the Boss offers practical advice for how to be a great leader. Centering around three principles—managing oneself, managing a network of relationships, and managing a team of subordinates—Hill and Lineback show how to accomplish business tasks effectively even under the most demanding circumstances."
Dvir Oren
Learned a few good things. I liked treating employees well and not gossiping.
Biggest two were build a brand and network with people above your level

remember names, treat emloyees nicely, network with people above your level. build a brand
Paras Kher
This book was referred to me by my corporate mentor. It has some very useful tips in becoming a great manager in handling tasks.
Even great managers face unprecedented challenges in an economic climate characterized by constant innovation, chaos and general unpredictability. Harvard professor of business administration Linda A. Hill and business writer Kent Lineback offer a lucid blend of cogent theory and practical strategies. They educate and inspire novice and experienced leaders who want to practice the fundamentals of good management. getAbstract recommends this deftly organized, clearly presented, practical guide pr ...more
Praktisch boek, geeft voor verschillende onderdelen vragenlijsten. Ook de tips zijn concreet en in de praktijk goed toepasbaar.
Voor de ervaren leidinggevende is het boek herkenbaar en zal het waarschijnlijk niet veel nieuwe inzichten opleveren.
Voor de startende leidinggevende geeft het boek een breed beeld van de uiteenlopende kwaliteiten en vaardigheden die je nodig hebt als leidinggevende.

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Nice foundational piece for anyone new to leadership or those who are looking for practical leadership guidance.
Precise predictable and obvious!
I really enjoyed this book! I got several nuggets that I will use including a paradigm shift on the value of networking, the power of continuously evangelizing your vision, the proposal to use every chaotic moment as an opportunity to do your job instead of always trying to get back to your job, and the prepare-do-review philosophy!
Good practical book on management. My team and I used it for a work book club. Some of the advice is common sense, but it gives people--particularly people newer to management--a good framework to manage themselves, manage their network and manage their team.
Stephen Acton
A good book for new supervisors/ managers. Not a lot of new information for someone who has experience managing. However, since the text is the result of studies - it is good validation of what may have only been intuition for some.
David Swart
The book reads a little dull, but after hearing the author in person, gave it a lot more life.

Interesting perspectives she shared, though not particularly new or earth shattering, still enjoyable and helpful book.
Todd Fonseca
Good book for first time managers. For those who have done this for a while, not quite as useful. However, section 2 - managing your network - is really the best section of this book IMHO.
I think that this book was able to give very tangible and concrete examples of how to improve ones management abilities. Really helpful!
Doug Della pietra
"Excellent book! Theoretical guidance and questions for self-assessing how one manages oneself, one's network and one's team."
While I liked what this book taught, I could've completely done without the cheesy stories at the beginning of each section.
Lots of practical advice and tips for implementation. Sections are short and bolded so easy to skim as well.
Helpful in outlining necessities for good management.
Good tips for management. Easy to skim through
Daniel St john
Good intro to management.
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