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Whether your boss is a perfect leader or a witless fiend, you must get along. To that end, leadership consultant Steve Arneson offers a guidebook that will help angst-ridden employees with baffling bosses. His 15 strategic questions can guide those who work for one of the four types of bad bosses: “the insecure boss,” “the ego-driven boss,” “the control-freak boss” or the “career-focused boss.” Some of Arneson’s counsel may seem a little overly focused on the boss as a person (like keeping a journal of your supervisor’s moods) and some is overly optimistic. For example, such suggestions as, “Stop talking about your boss negatively and start talking...objectively,” only work if you can discover your boss’s redeeming qualities. Helpfully, Arneson also includes advice for those who have a good boss or, at least, an OK one and want to improve their relationship. getAbstract suggests this manual to anyone with a boss, especially a problem boss. And if you are a boss seeking some insight, here’s what the world of work looks like from your team’s perspective.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why your relationship with your boss matters,
  • How to use 15 strategies to improve your relationship with your boss,
  • Why that’s up to you and not up to the boss,
  • How to learn your boss’s values and priorities,
  • How to find out what your boss thinks of you, and
  • How to cope with four kinds of “bad bosses.”

About the Author

Steve Arneson, founder of Arneson Leadership Consulting, wrote the bestseller Bootstrap Leadership.



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