Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.
Being the Boss: The 3 Imperatives for Becoming a Great Leader Hardcover – January 11, 2011
See the Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
modern classic” - Financial Times
"This book can well serve both beginning and experienced managers as a guide for their own continued development. It is engaging to read, asks the right questions, and incorporates a compendium of the best research on leadership." Graziadio Business Report
a well-written, comprehensive guide to finding ways to succeed on this often-perilous journey.” Korn/Ferry Briefings
Listed under Summer reading suggestions for federal leaders” - Washington Post
Being the Boss gives a cleared-eye assessment of the paradoxes and complexities of being the boss and offers practical advice on the questions and techniques that can help managers become more effective. "Being the Boss" is an insightful and readily accessible book” Forbes.com
engaging with a precise presentation of concepts and plenty of real-world examples.” - CEO Update
It’s a well-presented title that should prove especially useful for those assuming management positions for the first time.” THE IRISH TIMES
About the Author
More About the AuthorsDiscover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.
Top Customer Reviews
A manager is responsible for the performance of a group of people, and this means the manager must influence not only what they do, but also the thoughts and feelings that drive their actions. There are many paradoxes in what managers must do, including:
* You are responsible for what others do
* To focus on the work, you must focus on the people doing the work
* You must both develop your people and evaluate them
* You must make your group a cohesive team without losing sight of the individuals on it
* To manage your group, you must manage the larger context beyond your group
* You must do some harm in order to do a greater good
The manager's "3 imperatives" referred to in the title of the book are: manage yourself, manage your network, and manage your team. The bulk of the book is taken up describing ways in which these imperatives can be achieved. The authors help to make their theoretical advice concrete by using part of a fictional case study at the start of each chapter, illustrating a range of problems encountered by a technically competent individual who has recently been promoted to a managerial position.Read more ›
Credit Hill and Lineback with making skillful use of several reader-friendly devices such as checklists of key points that are inserted and then discussed throughout the narrative. For example, these are provided in the first four chapters:
o The eight "inherent paradoxes" of management (Pages16-20)
o Why the paradoxes define the fundamental nature of management (20-21)
o Most common misconceptions about management (38-43)
o Self-audit questions: knowing when and how to use authority (45-48)
o Why being both a boss and a friend can be incompatible (52-56)
o Competence and Character: The elements of trust (59-70)
Hill and Lineback also provide a Summary at the conclusion of each of the three Parts that serves as a self-assessment with regard to where the reader is at this point in the journey to become a great manager.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Whoever did the audible is horrible. Sounds like a soft spoken movie announcer. It was so bad it hurt my eyes.Published 1 month ago by William Keck
This is a great, motivating book. I bought it for class, but ended up enjoying it.Published 2 months ago by En Vang
The authors do a fantastic job at simplifying and spelling out some of the most complex (and not often discussed) elements of leadership and management. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Rosanne Carcasole
Written for little kids I think... lots of words and rambling. .. would have been better as a white paper than a book.Published 7 months ago by Matt N.
This book is great at pointing out the challenges of management, but does not offer solutions as much as I would have liked.Published 10 months ago by msnyder