Lead Your Boss

The Subtle Art of Managing Up

 Lead Your Boss

Author: John Baldoni
Pub Date: October 2009
Print Edition: $18.95
Print ISBN: 9780814439005
Page Count: 240
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e-Book ISBN: 9780814415061

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A Practical Guide to Gaining Influence and Earning Trust at the Top

Lead Your Boss: The Subtle Art of Managing Up

How many times have you walked out of a meeting filled with frustration over not being able to get your ideas heard?

Do you frequently find yourself thinking that you could be doing a better job than your boss?

Nearly all managers can relate to these questions. One of the world’s leading experts on the practice of leadership, John Baldoni has the answer. In LEAD YOUR BOSS: The Subtle Art of Managing Up (AMACOM; October 2009) he shows managers with the vision and drive to change business as usual how to get heard and noticed, influence and persuade others around and above them, and make a positive difference in their company.

“The challenge is not to do what you want to do, but to do what the organization needs doing,” Baldoni tells innovative and ambitious managers upfront. As he acknowledges, leading from the middle requires not only courage and determination, but also a degree of selflessness. He urges managers to start leading up by zeroing in on three priorities: What does my boss need? What does my team need? What can I do to help my boss and my team succeed? As Baldoni demonstrates, when a manager helps the head honcho do his or her job better, when a manager supports team efforts, and when a manager collaborates on achievements, that manager emerges as a leader who is adept at making good things happen and has a promising future in the executive suite.

An action plan for delivering what the boss and the team needs, LEAD YOUR BOSS also provides a roadmap to overcoming obstacles and staying on the path of integrity. Walking managers through every critical step of leading up, chapters present a proven combination of new and tried-and-true strategies for:

• Thinking like a boss, without stealing the boss’s spotlight, and establishing trust with peers.

• Turning ideas into action by thinking critically (and strategically), reframing opportunities, and challenging conventions.

• Pushing back the right way, with a willingness to accept and learn from criticism.

• Let others create the how by giving the team direction, setting clear expectations for behavior and performance, and then stepping back and letting team members get things done.

• Breaking down the doors, beginning with mastering the principles and means of influence and then balancing the need to look out with the need to lead up.

• Working the system, with attention to managing the details, determining priorities, and using organizational politics to everyone’s advantage.

• Demonstrating resilience by acknowledging failure, knowing when to give in without giving up, exerting and exuding strength, and excelling at turning setbacks into comebacks.

• Preparing others to lead by recognizing achievement, investing in talent (and differentiating talent from skill), and making leadership personal.

• Leading with passion…Yes, character and conviction matter!

Throughout, managers will find practical tips on communicating, delegating, motivating, and other key tactics. They’ll also learn from the stories of real-life leaders from all walks of work and life—including little-known leaders like Bill Borne, a trained emergency room nurse who now excels at handling crises as CEO of Amerdisys, a home nursing care service, as well as notables from Eleanor Roosevelt to Edward R. Murrow to President Barack Obama.

For managers on the move who are tired of feeling stuck in the middle, LEAD YOUR BOSS is a welcome guide to leading from any level in any organization. With John Baldoni to lead the way, managers will discover how to stand out by putting themselves aside, making other people look betters, and focusing on doing what is best for their company.


John Baldoni is an internationally recognized leadership consultant, executive coach, and speaker, as well as the author of several books, including Lead by Example and Great Communication Secrets of Great Leaders. He was named one of the “30 Most Influential Leadership Gurus” for 2007 by www.LeadershipGurus.net. A frequent contributor to BusinessWeek.com and FastCompany.com, he also writes the “Leadership at Work” blog for Harvard Business Online and a monthly column, “Baldoni on Leadership,” for CIO.com. He has been featured or quoted in the New York Times, USA Today, and Investor’s Business Daily, among other publications. John Baldoni is included in the Top Leadership Guru list of the World Top 25 Leadership Gurus for 2009. http://www.topleadershipgurus.com/list.php). Visit him at his website http://www.johnbaldoni.com/. He lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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