Are You a Good Boss—or a Great One?

Many managers underestimate the transformational challenges of their roles—or they become complacent and stop growing and improving. At best they learn to get by; at worst they become terrible bosses. Sometimes even the best of them suffer doubts and fears despite years of management experience.

Three imperatives can guide managers on their journey to becoming great bosses: (1) Manage yourself. Productive influence comes from people’s trust in your competence and character. (2) Manage your network. The organization as a whole must be engaged to create the conditions for your own and your team’s success. (3) Manage your team. Effective managers forge a high-performing “we” out of all the individuals who report to them.

Constant and probing self-assessment across these three imperatives is essential, the authors write. They include a useful assessment tool to help readers get started.

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