Reading Is (Always) In.
As part of our Leaders Inspiring Leaders program, iQor created the Leadership Book Club specifically designed for leaders wishing to invest in their leadership development journey.
Research shows that reading can improve intelligence and lead to innovation and insight. Reading increases verbal intelligence, and reading novels can improve empathy awareness of social cues. All the benefits of reading are invaluable to leaders wishing to improve communication skills, emotional intelligence, creativity – the list goes on. This is on top of the direct lessons you absorb and use from reading the stories, anecdotes, lessons, and self-improvement strategies within the books themselves.
So go ahead and put up your feet, grab that book you’ve been meaning to open, and read it! But first, finish this blog – for inspiration, of course.
“Reading is essential for those who seek to rise above the ordinary.” – Jim Rohn
Superbosses: How Exceptional Leaders Master the Flow of Talent by Sydney Finkelstein is the result of ten years of research and more than two hundred interviews where Finkelstein discovered that superbosses exist in nearly every industry.
From football coach Bill Walsh, restauranteur Alice Waters, television executive Lorne Michaels, technology CEO Larry Ellison, and fashion pioneer Ralph Lauren, superbosses share a common approach to finding, nurturing, leading, and even letting go of great people. The way they deal with talent makes them not merely success stories, not merely organization builders, but what Sydney Finkelstein calls superbosses.
At a Glance
- The qualities of Superbosses who create cultures of excellence
- The behaviors of Superbosses that create other successful bosses
- The mentoring habits of Superbosses
- The risk that Superbosses take when hiring or promoting
- The way Superbosses delegate and micromanage to their vision
- The innovation that is developed by Superbosses as a result of the culture they create
Finkelstein found that though superbosses differ in style, they all focus on identifying newcomers with potential, inspiring them to do their best work, and helping them launch into success careers. Here are just a few traits that distinguish superbosses from the rest:
- They Create Master-Apprentice Relationships. Superbosses customize their coaching to each protégé. Advertising legend Jay Chiat not only worked closely with each of his employees but would sometimes extend their discussions into all hours of the night.
- They Rely on the Cohort Effect. Superbosses encourage cooperation among colleagues while simultaneously driving internal competition. At Lorne Michaels’s Saturday Night Live, writers and performers are judged by how much of their material actually gets on the air, but they can’t get anything on the air without the support of their coworkers.
- They Say Good-Bye on Good Terms. When a great employee quits, superbosses don’t respond with anger or resentment. They know that former employees can become highly valuable as they rise to new heights in their careers. Julian Robertson, the billionaire hedge fund manager, continued to work with and invest in his former employees who started their own funds.
Finkelstein is the Steven Roth Professor of Management and faculty director of the Tuck Executive Program (TEP) at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. His specialty is business leadership and strategy. His text Superbosses, focuses on the development of talent and the behaviors of bosses that help others get better.
Hear Finkelstein talk more about his book, by clicking here.
More About Our Book Club
The Leadership Book Club is a community of leading-edge managers who inspire each other to think outside the box and be the best they can be in their roles. In turn, leaders are creating top-performing teams with better communication, collaboration, and innovation.
The club is a small group (10-12 max) of leaders that meet bi-monthly and deep-dive into the book at hand. Facilitated by a member of the corporate training team and conducted bi-monthly, each session includes a review of the topics covered in the previous chapters and how the lessons can apply to current challenges or be incorporated in to one's own style. Everyone in the book club is encouraged to apply new techniques or ideas and share feedback with the group.
Stay tuned for our next book in the series, Grit to Great: How Perseverance, Passion, and Pluck Take You from Ordinary to Extraordinary by Linda Kaplan Thaler.
For more about iQor’s Leaders Inspiring Leaders Program, click here.