The credo of good bosses

by on August 20, 2010 · 6 Comments POSTED IN: HR Cafe
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Leadership articles often focus on what good bosses do. But management guru Robert Sutton likes to stress what good bosses believe.

Have a look at these beliefs, which stress the balancing act between humility and decisiveness. Do you share them?

  • I have a flawed and incomplete understanding of what it feels like to work for me.
  • I strive to be confident enough to convince people that I am in charge, but humble enough to realize that I am often going to be wrong.
  • One of the most important, and most difficult, parts of my job is to strike the delicate balance between being too assertive and not assertive enough.
  • Because I wield power over others, I am at risk of acting like an insensitive jerk — and not realizing it.
  • I aim to fight as if I am right, and listen as if I am wrong — and to teach my people to do likewise.

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6 Comments on This Post

  1. Jen
    August 20, 2010 - 5:36 pm

    I think if anyone who manages would just take a second and whisper #4 to themselves once a day, the world would probably be a bit better for it.

  2. Jen
    August 20, 2010 - 5:36 pm

    I think if anyone who manages would just take a second and whisper #4 to themselves once a day, the world would probably be a bit better for it.

  3. Jen
    August 20, 2010 - 1:36 pm

    I think if anyone who manages would just take a second and whisper #4 to themselves once a day, the world would probably be a bit better for it.

  4. Judy
    August 23, 2010 - 8:49 pm

    I agree Jen – I also like #5.

  5. Judy
    August 23, 2010 - 8:49 pm

    I agree Jen – I also like #5.

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