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Need to springboard your career? Get yourself a Superboss!

A superboss is a star maker


“A superboss is, first, an icon in their industry, someone who has successfully pioneered new business models, products or services that have generated billions of dollars,” says leadership expert Dr. Sydney Finkelstein. “But more importantly, a superboss is a star maker. They are talent spawners who spot, train and develop a future generation of leaders. Being able to be a member of a superboss’s team is a boost to a career like none other.”

Dr. Finkelstein, author of the bestseller Superbosses: How Exceptional Leaders Master the Flow of Talent, will be sharing his insight during the next in The Leadership Lectures series from the Center for Leadership at Florida International University (FIU). “Secrets of the Superbosses” will be presented by Dr. Finkelstein on Tuesday, November 1, 2016, at 9:30 am in the Graham Center Ballroom on the Modesto A. Maidique campus of FIU.

The Lectures are free and open to the public, thanks to generous support from Mercantil Commercebank, but advanced registration is required. Click here to register for this Lecture.

About Dr. Sydney Finkelstein

Dr. Finkelstein is the Steven Roth Professor of Management, and Director of both the Center for Leadership and the Tuck Executive Program at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. He holds a Master’s degree from the London School of Economics and a PhD from Columbia University.

Professor Finkelstein has published 20 books and 80 articles, including the #1 bestseller Why Smart Executives Fail. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Management and on the Global Thinkers 50 list of top management thought-leaders.
Citing examples such as Ralph Lauren, Larry Ellison, Jay Chiat, George Lucas, Bob Noyce, Lorne Michaels, and Mary Kay Ash, Dr. Finkelstein started researching top executives after he noticed a curious pattern. “If you look at the top people in an industry, you’ll often find that as many as half of them once worked for the same well-known leader,” he says. “For instance, 20 of the NFL’s 32 head coaches trained under Bill Walsh of the San Francisco 49ers or under someone in his coaching tree. Dozens of protégés of Julian Robertson, the founder of the investment firm Tiger Management, have become top fund managers. I sought to learn how their leadership style leads to creating such success with members of their teams.”

Audience members have a unique opportunity to hear Dr. Finkelstein’s stories and the insight he discovered on his research that led to his Superbosses book, which LinkedIn Chairman Reid Hoffman calls the “leadership guide for the Networked Age.”

“During my Leadership Lecture at FIU, I will also share tips on how to find a superboss, how to figure out who they are in a given industry,” he says. “Superbosses also have a distinct way of developing employees and a career can be accelerated greatly by being honed by a Superboss.”