Radical Candor

Drop your terrible boss the hint. Give them Radical Candor; a Silicon Valley favorite on becoming a great leader without losing humanity. Subtle? You tell us.

December 1, 2017

the story

If there’s one book you should read on leadership this year, make it Radical Candor. Written by Kim Scott, Radical Candor is a favorite in Silicon Valley, including Sheryl Sandberg.

why we like it

In 2015, Kim Scott gave a TED talk outlining the leadership framework she learned at Google and Facebook. The secret? Radical candor. Scott found that the best leaders had the perfect balance of empathy and brutal honesty. Missing either would make you an asshole or weak.

Scott’s book is a fast read and gives actionable tips for becoming a great leader, which is why we love it.

the competition

Well, there’s Scott’s famous blog post and her keynote talk, which were the inspiration for the book. But those wouldn’t be good gifts, now would they?

So, there’s Turn This Ship Around!, another fantastic leadership book. Then there’s Leaders Eat Last and Start With Why, two easy, but quality read from Simon Simek. Go ahead and smother your favorite person and get them all four books!

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