What Your Boss Really Wants from You (Paperback)

15 Insights to Improve Your Relationship

By Steve Arneson

Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 9781626560772, 120pp.

Publication Date: May 5, 2014

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Your most important work relationship is with your boss. You need it to go well. But even the best bosses can be hard to read, and some seem downright inscrutable. Your boss isn't going to change for you--don't waste your time trying. The solution lies in figuring out what makes your boss tick and adapting your own work style to make the relationship better. But how do you do that?

In this pragmatic and accessible guide, top executive coach Steve Arneson shows how to find the answers to fifteen essential questions that will help you understand your boss's leadership style, goals, motivations, work relationships, and how he or she sees you. Vivid real-world examples demonstrate Arneson's advice in action and show clearly how this process can be used to gain a more meaningful, productive, and enjoyable work life.

About the Author

Steve Arneson is the founder of Arneson Leadership Consulting, which provides executive talent management, coaching, and leadership development solutions to corporations and nonprofit organizations. He was named one of America's Top 100 thought leaders and one of the country's Top 25 leadership coaches by Leadership Excellence magazine. He also writes a national blog for the Conference Board. Previously, he served as the head of learning, leadership development, and talent management at five Fortune 300 companies: Capital One, AOL, Time Warner Cable, and divisions of Yum! Brands and PepsiCo.