Summary of Be the Boss Everyone Wants to Work For

A Guide for New Leaders

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Be the Boss Everyone Wants to Work For book summary
Are you prepared to be a boss? Learn how to “flip your script” to succeed in your new role.

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Most new leaders get almost no training. Psychologist William Gentry helps fill this void with tools, advice and guidance for “entry-level and first-level supervisors, managers and directors.” His goal is to help you “flip your script” – to invert “mind-set, skill set, relationships, attitude, perspective and focus” to become an effective leader. Though his tips may not be groundbreaking, Gentry draws from solid research and relevant personal experience. The book includes practical exercises for learning the leadership skills he discusses. getAbstract recommends the sensible guidebook to anyone newly promoted into a leadership position and to those who train leaders.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What new bosses need to know;
  • What a script is and how changing your script will help you advance; and
  • How to flip six parts of your script – “mind-set, skill set, relationships, attitude, perspective and focus” – to become an effective boss.
 

Summary

Your New Role Requires New Skills
Without proper training, first-time leaders often struggle as they discover how being a boss is different from being an employee. Within the first year and a half after a promotion, 40% of new bosses fail. Four out of five “frontline leaders” feel disappointed...
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About the Author

Industrial-organizational psychologist William Gentry, PhD, focuses on leader efficacy. A director and a senior research scientist at the Center for Creative Leadership, he provides additional resources at WilliamGentryLeads.com.


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