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How to convince others you’re in charge


Leaders can take control and bolster performance by locking into their team's loyalty and boldly defending their backs – that's the view of Robert I. Sutton, writing for the McKinsey Quarterly website.

The Stanford management professor says good bosses know how to project power, and they know they have to convince the people they lead to get the best out of them.

Sutton explains: "Bosses matter to everyone they oversee, but they matter most to those just beneath them in the pecking order: the people they guide at close range, who constantly tangle with the boss’s virtues, foibles, and quirks.

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