Academic journal article Military Review

GOOD BOSS, BAD BOSS: How to Be the Best . . . and Learn from the Worst

Academic journal article Military Review

GOOD BOSS, BAD BOSS: How to Be the Best . . . and Learn from the Worst

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GOOD BOSS, BAD BOSS: How to Be the Best . . . and Learn from the Worst, Robert I. Sutton, Ph.D., Business Plus Hachette Book Group, Boston, MA, 2010, 252 Pages, $23.99.

Good Boss, Bad Boss is a necessary read for anyone who has ever suffered through a toxic work place and wondered what he could learn from the experience. The topic of toxic leadership provides many lively discussions across the Department of Defense, and this book adds much to the discourse. Robert Sutton is no stranger to the topic of uncivilized workplaces; his 2007 book, The No Asshole Rule, effectively describes survival skills for employees with bullying bosses.

The response from readers was overwhelming and Good Boss, Bad Boss builds on his earlier work; here he focuses on how to learn from the best practices of good bosses. Sutton has crafted an engaging and useful operator's manual on how to be a good boss, filled with practical advice pulled as much from research as from anecdotal experiences from readers and bloggers on his site Work Matters. The book is engaging and hard to put down. Subordinates and bosses alike will recognize many workplace challenges depicted within these pages.

Good Boss, Bad Boss describes the effective traits of good leaders. Sutton summarizes each of these traits into simple, easily remembered concepts such as the "Attitude of Wisdom," which serves as the boundary between smart and wise bosses. …

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