Sydney Finkelstein on Superbosses

June 9, 2017 David Witt

In this episode of the Blanchard LeaderChat podcast, we interview Sydney Finkelstein, author of Superbosses: How Exceptional Leaders Master the Flow of Talent.

Drawing on some of the key points from his book, Finkelstein explores the different ways managers of all personality types bring out the best in people.

He discusses the importance of seeing people as individuals and the need for leaders to customize how they work with each person.

Finkelstein also addresses the challenge of delegation.  He explains that Superbosses don’t delegate and forget.  They roll up their sleeves on a day-to-day basis to help direct and support the work along the way.

Finally, Finkelstein looks at how a paradoxical approach to management works best. Through examples of leaders at a wide variety of companies, the author points out how Superbosses maintain a dual focus on people and results, collaboration and competition, and creating a performance culture while inspiring their people.

Finkelstein encourages leaders to bring out the best in people.  Good leaders come in all shapes and sizes.  Although they all have different personalities and mindsets, they can share similar techniques and outcomes. Discover the impact one leader can have.  When you help others, you help yourself and your organization.

Be sure to listen to the very end of the podcast, where Ken Blanchard shares his thoughts and key takeaways on the concepts Sydney Finkelstein discusses in the interview.

About the Author

David  Witt

David Witt is a Program Director for The Ken Blanchard Companies. He is an award-winning researcher and host of the companies’ monthly webinar series. David has also authored or coauthored articles in Fast Company, Human Resource Development Review, Chief Learning Officer and US Business Review.

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