Are you a good boss—or a great one?

Good bosses can handle the day-to-day work of running a team. Great bosses go beyond that, finding ways to help employees become better versions of themselves as people and professionals. But as a manager, how do you reach that next level?

The HBR Guide to Being a Great Boss contains practical tips and advice to help you become a more well-rounded leader, one who sparks creativity, engagement, collaboration, and growth in your team. You'll learn how to:

  • Magnify your people's strengths
  • Create a welcoming, inclusive culture
  • Communicate effectively—and regularly—with your team
  • Challenge your people to grow beyond their current limits
  • Recognize and reward good work
  • Establish yourself as a trustworthy leader and colleague

Arm yourself with the advice you need to succeed on the job, with the most trusted brand in business. Packed with how-to essentials from leading experts, the HBR Guides provide smart answers to your most pressing work challenges.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Harvard Business Review Guides
  3. Title Page
  4. Copyright
  5. What You’ll Learn
  6. Contents
  7. Section One: What Being a Great Boss Means
    1. 1. What Great Managers Do
    2. 2. Managing Authenticity: The Paradox of Great Leadership
    3. 3. Are You a Good Boss—or a Great One?
  8. Section Two: Build Trust and Listen
    1. 4. Do You Really Trust Your Team?
    2. 5. Open Up to Your Team—Without Oversharing
    3. 6. High-Performing Teams Need Psychological Safety
    4. 7. How to Handle a Disagreement on Your Team
    5. 8. What Great Listeners Actually Do
  9. Section Three: Give Feedback and Motivate
    1. 9. Give Your Team More-Effective Positive Feedback
    2. 10. The Right Way to Hold People Accountable
    3. 11. You Can’t Be a Great Manager If You’re Not a Good Coach
    4. 12. Four Reasons Good Employees Lose Their Motivation
    5. 13. Get Honest, Productive Feedback
  10. Section Four: Manage Everyone Effectively
    1. 14. How to Retain and Engage Your B Players
    2. 15. Managing Your Star Employee
    3. 16. Helping an Underperformer
    4. 17. How to Manage Someone You Don’t Like
  11. Section Five: Help All Employees Thrive
    1. 18. Get Over Your Fear of Talking About Diversity
    2. 19. How the Best Bosses Interrupt Bias on Their Teams
    3. 20. Managing a Hybrid Workforce
    4. 21. Build Trust on Your Cross-Cultural Team
  12. Section Six: Build Resiliency and Support Mental Health
    1. 22. Your Employees Want to Feel the Purpose in Their Jobs
    2. 23. Help Your Team Bounce Back from Failure
    3. 24. Managing an Employee Who’s Having a Personal Crisis
    4. 25. Reduce the Stigma of Mental Health at Work
    5. 26. Make Work Less Stressful and More Engaging
  13. Index