Today’s best leaders know how to lead up, a necessary
strategy when a supervisor is micromanaging rather than macrothinking, when a
division president offers clear directives but can’t see the future, or when
investors demand instant gain but need long-term growth. Through vivid, compelling
stories, Michael Useem reveals how upward leadership can transform incipient
disaster into hard-won triumph. For example, U.S. Marine Corps General Peter
Pace reconciled the conflicting priorities of six bosses by keeping them well
informed and challenging their instructions when necessary. Useem also explores
what happens when those who should step forward fail to do so—Mount Everest
mountaineers might have saved themselves from disaster during a fateful ascent
if only they had questioned their guides’ flawed decisions.
Leading Up is a call to
action. It asks us to get results by helping our superiors lead and by building
on the best in everybody’s nature, and it offers a pragmatic blueprint for
doing so. Download and start listening now!