Radical Candor

Radical Candor: How to Get What You Want by Saying What You Mean by Kim Scott

Radical Candor is a helpful book for anyone wanting to be a better leader or colleague. It provides a clear and concise framework for understanding how to be kind and honest with people.


Radical Candor is a book about how to be a better boss and a better colleague. The author, Kim Scott, argues that the best way to get the best out of people is to be kind and honest with them. She calls this “radical candor,” and she provides a framework for effectively doing it.

Scott’s framework is based on three core principles:

  • Care personally: Be genuinely interested in the people you work with.
  • Challenge directly: Be willing to give honest feedback, even if it’s hard to hear.
  • Speak the truth kindly: Be respectful and compassionate, even when giving tough feedback.

Here are some of the key takeaways from the book:

  • Radical candor is the key to getting the best out of people.
  • To be radically candid, you need to care personally and challenge directly.
  • You can speak the truth kindly by being respectful and compassionate.
  • Radical candor is not always easy, but it’s worth it.