Being the Boss: The 3 Imperatives for Becoming a Great Leader | Linda Hill & Kent Lineback.

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2020: Book #22

You Must Sometimes Do Harm in Order to Do a Greater Good.

“With managerial influence and authority comes the ability, often the necessity, to make choices for the greater good that harm some of the individuals or groups involved – for example, when you must cut costs, lay people off, or promote only one of three candidates. Such harms are not the goal but the consequence of actions you must take, yet they are real and painful to those who suffer them.

As a manager/leader, you cannot avoid decisions that affect the work and lives of others in profound ways. They appear all the time, a burden of being the boss. What makes them truly difficult is that you must weigh competing considerations that render your choices anything but clear and obvious. “Nothing is black and white,” one new manager observed, “It’s all gray. My job is to manage trade-offs.”

If you don’t see such ethical dilemmas as part of the job, you’re likely to treat them as exceptions, distractions that don’t deserve real attention. But they’re exceptions. They’re built into your everyday work as a boss.

Since you cannot avoid ethical dilemmas, you must be prepared for the personal anguish they can create. You probably don’t see yourself as someone who consciously harms others, and so confronting the necessity of inflicting harm, however inadvertently, will force you to examine your identity and think hard about what you’re willing and not willing to do. To these dilemmas you must bring both emotional competence and a set of personal values developed over time through experience – another reason becoming a boss is a long and difficult journey.”  (pgs. 19-20)

The above is from an incredible book titled, “Being the Boss: The 3 Imperatives for Becoming a Great Leader” by Linda Hill & Kent Lineback.

This is quite possibly one of the greatest leadership books I’ve ever read.

Hill is a professor at the Harvard Business School and Lineback is a coach, writer and speaker.

I’m pretty sure I underlined half the book.

This book takes you on a journey of almost every aspect of leadership.
Should you just be an authority figure?
What role does friendship play?
How should candor be used?
Do you know your strengths and weaknesses?
I could go on and on…

This book is literally about being the boss.

Buy it.
Read it.

Buy it for those future leaders on your team.
Go through it with them.

Wow!
What a book!
I give it 5 stars out of a possible 5.

That’s book #22 for 2020.

30 more to go.

Leaders are readers.

If you want to be a better leader…be a reader.

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