What do Superbosses look like? What skills do they possess, how can you know you are becoming a superboss yourself? and how do they go about creating future leaders? Let’s find out all the answers from one of the most exceptional leaders, Sydney Finkelstein.
Sydney is a Professor at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, a Consultant, a Speaker to senior executives, and an Executive Coach focusing on leadership, talent development, and corporate governance.
Sydney is also a fellow of the Academy of Management and is listed on the Thinkers50, the world’s most prestigious ranking of leadership gurus, and the author of Superbosses: How Exceptional Leaders Master the Flow of Talent. Moreover, he is a columnist for the BBC and the host of his own podcast, The Sydcast.
In this episode, we discuss how you can learn to ask the best question, leading through crisis and change, finding the right job, what makes Superbosses stand out, among other interesting topics.
Learn Asking Good Question
Asking the right questions is the foundation of every problem you try to solve and every strategy or project you want to build. If you start with an inaccurate or uninspired question, you will work hard without many positive outcomes.
“I’ve found that the best leaders ask the best questions”
Leading Through Crisis and Change
When dealing with times of crisis or change, some leaders tend to ignore them. But that will only lead to bigger problems. You have to be strong to admit these challenges and search for ways of dealing with them.
“Sticking our heads in the sand and ignoring change, crisis, and challenges don’t mean they go away”.
Finding the Right Job to Help Becoming a Superboss
When looking for a job, look for these characteristics. Number one, as much autonomy as possible. Number two, identify the impact the job has. That is where leaders should step in and convey to people and teams their job’s meaning. And third, find a job that allows you to connect with other people.
“Every individual owes himself to find the spot, the job, and the situation he finds fulfilling. Work doesn’t have to just work”.
It’s a Bird… It’s a Plane… It’s a Superboss
A Superboss is a leader who sees the potential in other leaders. A Superboss is also great at identifying talent, motivating and developing people, and building strong teams. Superbosses push people hard, inspire them, teach, create opportunities, and customize how they work with each person on their team.
“Working for a Superboss is one of the absolute best ways to accelerate your career”.
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