Summary of What Keeps Leaders Up at Night

Recognizing and Resolving Your Most Troubling Management Issues

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What Keeps Leaders Up at Night book summary
Managers who understand human behavior sleep better at night.


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Author Dr. Nicole Lipkin hired a young woman named Hope to manage routine tasks in a group psychology practice. Soon, the doctor realized that her new employee’s work was not up to scratch. Hope’s failings cost the doctor and her practice both heartburn and money. Despite her experience as a counselor, Lipkin found she could neither fire Hope nor resolve the various issues. Her personal failings and sleepless nights impelled Lipkin to examine the human psyche in search of techniques to help leaders understand and manage their emotions and their organizations. The result is this lively though not sharply original compendium of insights, which are all drawn from psychological research that highlights common managerial blind spots, including poor communication, fractious “group dynamics,” as well as stress and lack of employee engagement. getAbstract finds that almost anyone in the workplace can benefit from this engaging reflection on managerial dilemmas.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How your psyche can be your greatest management strength or weakness,
  • What the most common managerial blind spots are, and
  • How to tackle tough managerial dilemmas so you can sleep better at night.


“Emotion Trumps Reason”
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About the Author

Business psychologist and management consultant Nicole Lipkin owns Equilibria Leadership Consulting.

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