Becoming a Great (Compliance) Leader


In the most recent issue of the Harvard Business Review, writers Linda Hill and Kent Lineback posed the question, “Are You a Good Boss – Or a Great One?” In this article they explore what they believe to be some of the imperatives of going from a good boss to a great boss. Recognizing that the focus of the article is to help people grow as leaders within their businesses; we believe that their ideas have application in the compliance arena. We will therefore review the article with a emphasis on helping employees to become great compliance leaders – whether you measure compliance through the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA); UK Bribery Act or any other standard.

Hill and Lineback begin with the thesis that most managers underestimate the transformational nature of the challenge of their roles as company leaders. To be a great leader a person must be dynamic and not complacent. If a leader stops growing and improving they run the risk of becoming a terrible boss. The authors believe that most managers stop working on themselves at some point in their career. Many managers are afraid of failure and this leads to a fear of change. Others do not receive proper training or support from their companies. Whatever the cause, the authors believe that most managers stop making progress because “they simply don’t know how to.” Even when there is adequate company support for change, it is sometimes difficult to know what is required to become an effective manager.

To aid such persons, the authors have developed what they term the “3 imperatives” to help managers on their “journey to becoming great bosses.” These imperatives are (1) Manage Yourself; (2) Manage Your Network; and (3) Manage Your Team. We will review these and reference how they apply to being a great compliance leader.

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