Sydney Finkelstein is Professor of Management at the Tuck School of Business. His book Superbosses: How Exceptional Leaders Master the Flow of Talent draws on scores of interviews with great leaders in a variety of industries to find out what makes them click. He then distills their experience into takeaways for us to emulate them.
As startups scale up and spread into new geographies, their need for top management talent escalates in parallel. Superbosses not only attract great talent but also launch them into successful careers. These managers, in turn, play their part in nurturing new talent, encouraging risk-taking, and driving growth for their companies.
After ten years of research and more than two hundred interviews, Finkelstein has concluded that super bosses exist in nearly every industry. If you study the top fifty leaders in any field, as many as one-third will have once worked for a superboss.
While superbosses differ in their personal styles, they all focus on identifying promising newcomers, inspiring their best work, and launching them into highly successful careers while also expanding their own networks and building stronger companies.
By sharing the fascinating stories of superbosses, Finkelstein explores a phenomenon that never had a name before. He shows how each of us can emulate the best tactics of superbosses to create our own powerful networks of extraordinary talent. This book is a must read for entrepreneurs and managers.