Radical Candor: Be A Kickass Boss - Book Summary

Book Worm • 8 May 2018

One Sentence Summary


  • The book aims to help bosses manage their emotions while helping failing employees and walks them through building “radically candid” relationships with direct reports. 



Best Quotes

“A good rule of thumb for any relationship is to leave three unimportant things unsaid each day.” 

“The essence of leadership is not getting overwhelmed by circumstances.” 

“to communicate clearly enough so that there’s no room for interpretation, but also humbly.” 

“Sometimes, the greatest gift you can give your team is to let them go home.” 


Key Takeaways


  • Great bosses have strong relationships with their employees, and the author has identified three simple principles for building better relationships with your employees: make it personal, get (sh)it done and understand why it matters.
  • Radical candor lies in a place where caring about employees meets the willingness to challenge them directly. 
  • She also runs through a list of strategies for building solid working relationships. 



About author


  • Kim Scott is the co-founder of Radical Candor, LLC., which offers workshops that help companies roll out Radical Candor. She is also the author of three novels.


Radical Candor: Be A Kickass Boss - Book Summary
Radical Candor: Be A Kickass Boss - Book Summary


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