Bob Sutton is at it again. In a follow-up to his widely popular, The No Asshole Rule: Building a Civilized Workplace and Surviving One That Isn’t, comes another broadside at bullying bosses, albeit with a more subdued title, Good Boss, Bad Boss: How to Be the Best… and Learn from the Worst.
This is a slightly kinder, gentler book aimed at managers and leaders. It explains what the best bosses do and how they can squash their “inner jerk”. Even so, Sutton pulls no punches. He names appalling behaviour for what it is, coining the hybrid term “bosshole” fot the bad boss.
In this book, Sutton acknowledges that many leaders have no idea they are undermining, interrupting, bullying, frightening and inhibiting their followers. And, of course nobody has the courage to tell them.
He presents a guide to ensuring that bad behaviour does not become the norm and makes a convincing argument about how jerks destroy company value, as well as people’s lives.