In The Renewal Factor, Robert Waterman says that it is interesting to “look up the word boss in a book of synonyms. At the start of the list you find manage and direct. Not bad. Then the list continues with control, order, command, take charge, preside over, oversee, supervise, superintend, domineer, dominate, push around, ride herd on, ride roughshod over, trample under foot, and shove around.” Obviously, managers who would wear the word “boss” proudly, knowing it carries all of those connotations, do not have the “right stuff” to be leaders in today’s organizations, to inspire people to be the best that they can be.
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