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Book Review: Radical Candor: Be a Kickass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity

Is it possible to tell someone what’s wrong with their work, while still being compassionate? Or, at the very least, have you ever seen or experienced it? Many of us struggle with bosses who show a lot of high expectations and direct criticism, but don’t show much kindness or compassion. On the other hand, some of us may struggle with a boss who is incredibly kind, but never provides feedback or constructive criticism.

This week on the podcast I’ll talk about how to balance these roles as a leader, as I review the incredible book, Radical Candor: Be a Kickass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity, by Kim Scott. This book is a must-have, regardless of whether you lead 2 people or 2,000.

Your role as a leader is vital to the future of those you lead. As I’ll discuss on the podcast, research points out that employees leave bosses, not jobs. Employees will put up with a less than satisfactory job if they have a boss they enjoy working for, and vice versa. That’s why this book is so important, at the core of bad leadership is bad communication, which this book seeks to solve.

Bad bosses create misery around them, stifle growth, and kill innovation. It is true, “one bad apple can ruin the whole bunch.” Great bosses, on the other hand, create a culture of growth and stability. These bosses have a relationship of trust with their employees.

Trust can be a terribly hard thing to develop, but it is key to developing positive relationships. I hope you’ll join me as I go deep into Radical Candor to help you discover the steps necessary to cultivating this deep trust with those you lead.

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