Becoming the Boss: New Rules for the Next Generation of Leaders

Harper Business. Sept. 2014. 288p. illus. ISBN 9780062323316. pap. $16.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062323323. BUS
As we experience changes in demographics, economic dominance, and technology, leaders are going to need new rules to succeed in business and government. The millennial generation, those born between 1982 and 2000, are poised to take on this challenge. Consultant Pollak (Getting from College to Career) promises to share everything she has learned about becoming a boss. In a conversational, encouraging style, she delivers on her promise. Pollak describes the challenges millennial bosses will face, such as working with individuals of different generations, achieving more with fewer people, and supervising virtual employees. Next, readers are introduced to classic and modern leadership texts. The majority of the work focuses on real-life advice new professionals can apply to develop leadership skills and create a professional image. Using examples from her career and interviews with current leaders, the author covers topics such as creating a professional online presence, networking, public speaking, delegating, keeping up with technology trends, selecting mentors, and supervising. Clear writing and helpful lists add to the usability.
VERDICT Young professionals are provided the essential steps for becoming a respected, knowledgeable leader. Academic and public libraries serving this population will see demand for this title.

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