Summary of Lion Taming

Working Successfully with Leaders, Bosses, and Other Tough Customers

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Lion Taming book summary
Can`t figure out how to please your boss? Tame the lion at your office by becoming necessary to the pride.


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Imagine these scenarios: Your corporate leaders are always "difficult." You butt heads with your superiors and even your clients. As a middle manager, you have trouble figuring out what the boss wants. You seem to fight too much with your spouse. If any of these examples are familiar, you need to learn how to tame the "lions" in your life. Using analogies from training actual lions in the circus ring, author Steven L. Katz shows you how to work with human lions - people who demand dominance and control - from a bossy supervisor to a stubborn spouse. This is intended to be a textbook for the study of human psychology and interaction. Though you might wish it were a little deeper, the jungle beast analogy keeps it interesting. recommends it to those who want to learn how to stand their ground in business, politics or modern day culture.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why lions’ personalities help them reach positions of authority;
  • How to influence your boss without becoming a threat;
  • How to tame lions and join the pride; and
  • How to encourage your boss to solicit your input.


The Lion Personality
Many bosses achieve their positions because their "lion" personalities drive them to take charge. Workplace lions value and desire power and influence, and when they attain authority they wield it skillfully. They have an innate need to dominate and to push their organizations...
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About the Author

Steven L. Katz has spent more than 20 years as an advisor to executives in business, government and nonprofits. He holds degrees in law, history and anthropology.

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