CM 025: Sydney Finkelstein on Leaders Who Move the World

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Blog Post - Sydney FinkelsteinIf you are going to have a boss (or be a boss), make it a Superboss. Why? Because a Superboss leads individuals, teams, and organizations in ways that move the world.

Sydney Finkelstein, bestselling author of Super Bosses: How Exceptional Leaders Master the Flow of Talent, shares these insights in our interview. Sydney is Professor of Management and Faculty Director of the Tuck Executive Program at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth where he specializes in business leadership and strategy.

In this episode, we talk about:

  • why working for a Superboss may be the best thing you ever do for your career
  • what sets Superbosses apart when it comes to hiring
  • why Superbosses dismiss textbook approaches to leadership
  • how Superbosses leverage collaboration and competition in teams
  • how losing incredible talent only strengthens Superbosses and their organizations
  • what you can do right now to become a Superboss
  • how Superbosses pursue deep passions outside of work

Sydney shares incredible stories from his research and captures how Superbosses often act in fascinating and counterintuitive ways.

Selected Links to Topics Mentioned


Superbosses: How Exceptional Leaders Master the Flow of Talent by Sydney Finkelstein

NFL, Bill Walsh, 49ers

Lorne Michaels and SNL, Tina Fey, Jimmy Fallon, Mike Myers

Norman Brinker and Chilis, Steak and Ale

Jon Stewart

Ralph Lauren

Larry Ellison

Marc Benioff and

Julian Robertson

Jay Chiat

Bill Sanders

George Lucas and Skywalker Ranch, Industrial Light and Magic


Alice Waters and Chez Panisse

Chase Coleman, III

General Electic (GE)

Harvard Business Review and Why Chief Human Resource Officers Make Great CEOs

Network effect

Thomas Frist and HCA

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