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Being the Boss: The 3 Imperatives for Becoming a Great Leader
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Linda A. Hill Kent Lineback
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Being the Boss: The 3 Imperatives for Becoming a Great Leader

Linda A. Hill Kent Lineback


Harvard Business School

Business & Economics;
Management: leadership & motivation


304 pages

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You never dreamed being the boss would be so hard. You're caught in a web of conflicting expectations from subordinates, your supervisor, peers, and customers.

You're not alone. As Harvard Business School's Linda Hill and manager and executive Kent Lineback reveal in Being the Boss, becoming an effective manager is a painful, difficult journey. It's trial and error, endless effort, and slowly acquired personal insight. Many managers never complete the journey. Often, they just learn to get by. At worst, they become terrible bosses.

This essential book, now with a new preface, explains how to avoid that fate, by mastering three imperatives:

Manage yourself: Learn that management isn't about getting things done yourself. It's about accomplishing things through others. Manage a network: Understand how power and influence work in your organization and build a network of mutually beneficial relationships to navigate your company's complex political environment. Manage a team: Forge a high-performing we out of all the I s who report to you.

Packed with compelling stories and practical guidance, Being the Boss is an indispensable guide not only for first-time managers but all managers seeking to master the most daunting challenges of leadership.

By:   Linda A. Hill, Kent Lineback
Imprint:   Harvard Business School
Country of Publication:   United States
Edition:   Revised edition
Dimensions:   Height: 235mm,  Width: 155mm, 
ISBN:   9781633696983
ISBN 10:   1633696987
Pages:   304
Publication Date:   April 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Linda A. Hill is the Wallace Brett Donham Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, the faculty chair of the Leadership Initiative, and author of Becoming a Manager. Kent Lineback, now a coach, writer, and collaborator, spent nearly thirty years as a manager and executive in business and government. He is the coauthor (with Randy Komisar) of the bestseller The Monk and the Riddle. Author social media/website info:;

A cleared-eye assessment of the paradoxes and complexities of being the boss . . . offers practical advice on the questions and techniques that can help managers become more effective. -- [Hill and 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. -- Washington Post [A] modern classic . . . -- Financial Times

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