Being in charge is a coveted position, but when it comes to the nitty-gritty it isn’t the easiest place to be. If you are in a leadership position- whether it’s a manager, president or one of the C-suite- one of your duties is to facilitate your relationship with co-workers and employees as well as giving the feedback and advice.
Of course there are many ways to go about it, but Kim Scott’s Radical Candor is a helpful guide on how to navigate those sticky situations: doling out criticism, settling personal disagreements and guiding your employees to becoming their better selves. More importantly, Scott insists that in order for you to have any success as a leader, you need to genuinely care about the people you’re working with and be willing to be honest with them.
If you’re looking for a different way to approach your role as a leader, this should be on your reading list this year.
Here is the summary on Amazon:
“Radical Candor has been embraced around the world by leaders of every stripe at companies of all sizes. Now a cultural touchstone, the concept has come to be applied to a wide range of human relationships.
“The idea is simple: You don't have to choose between being a pushover and a jerk. Using Radical Candor―avoiding the perils of Obnoxious Aggression, Manipulative Insincerity, and Ruinous Empathy―you can be kind and clear at the same time.
“Kim Scott was a highly successful leader at Google before decamping to Apple, where she developed and taught a management class. Since the original publication of Radical Candor in 2017, Scott has earned international fame with her vital approach to effective leadership and co-founded the Radical Candor executive education company, which helps companies put the book's philosophy into practice.
“Radical Candor is about caring personally and challenging directly, about soliciting criticism to improve your leadership and also providing guidance that helps others grow. It focuses on praise but doesn't shy away from criticism―to help you love your work and the people you work with.
“Radically Candid relationships with team members enable bosses to fulfill their three core responsibilities:
1. Create a culture of Compassionate Candor
2. Build a cohesive team
3. Achieve results collaboratively
“Required reading for the most successful organizations, Radical Candor has raised the bar for management practices worldwide.”