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The Emotional Labor of Being the Boss

What I tell new managers who say they feel like ‘babysitters’ or ‘shrinks’

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Right now, many leaders are struggling with the emotional labor of being the boss. If you’re a manager, the people on your team might well be going through wrenching grief, fear, anxiety, or many other kinds of distress — and you may be, too. Showing compassion is real work…



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Kim Scott

Book Author

Kim Scott is the author of Radical Candor & Just Work. She is co-founder of Radical Candor, Inc which helps teams put the ideas from the book into practice.