Summary of Being the Boss

The 3 Imperatives for Becoming a Great Leader

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Being the Boss book summary
Let these commonsense strategies guide your journey to becoming a great manager.


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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 primarily to new and middle managers but also to anyone who aspires to be a great boss.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why the “3 Imperatives” – “manage yourself, manage your network and manage your team” – are vital to leadership
  • How they can guide your development as a manager and as you pursue team goals and career growth


Introduction to the “3 Imperatives”
Stepping into management or taking on greater leadership responsibility is a life-altering event that’s as transformative as becoming a parent. Whatever your level of experience, you might wonder if you have the mettle, courage and skills for the job...
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About the Authors

Professor Linda A. Hill teaches business administration at Harvard Business School. Kent Lineback, a former executive and now a writer and coach, has co-authored or collaborated on more than 12 business books.

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    Ambrish Gandhi 2 years ago
    good book
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    null 4 years ago
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    zohar kimhi 4 years ago
    very nice :)
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    Thomas Bergen 4 years ago
    Great abstract. Really helped me.
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    Krishna Yalamanchi 4 years ago
    Clear crisp summary and uses the right summarization for building Operational, Strategic and Development networks. Finally the quotes from the book in the end are relevant and practical.
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    Olga Ayala 4 years ago
    There are to many things one leader should consider or learn, I mean there are some cultural things that make pressure on the leader according with the situation, also the leader should consider characteristics of his team like indidiualistic enthusiasm, etc.
    Any way, I guess this summary is very practical.
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    Tran Quang Linh 4 years ago
    It is a good book. This clarify the hidden borders which a boss face with.
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    Nguyen Tri Thong 4 years ago
    There are not many new things in this book compared to others of the same category (book about leadership) published beforehand. I wonder if the authors have provided more practical tools/frameworks in the full version. Also considering cultural diferences, the required approach may vary among managers (e.g. the East (where structure is more or less hierachical, and team members havea collective spirit) versus the West (where structure is highly democratic and people are much more individualistic and demanding)).

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