By Jean Roque, President, Trüpp.
Whether you’re a seasoned manager or you are just getting started in your new role, it is important to continually look for ways to develop your leadership skills. This manager reading list includes helpful titles that will give you fresh inspiration, new perspectives, and practical techniques for breathing new life into your management style. Run down the lineup and see which ones spark your interest or may prove helpful for your team.
Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard
By Chip Heath & Dan Heath
Topic: Change Management
Description: It’s no secret that change can be difficult, and it’s too often that we give up at the first sign of a difficult obstacle. Chip and Dan Health tackle the big question of why we insist on seeing the potential setbacks rather than the goal. They pose an argument that we must understand how our minds function in order to succeed in unlocking the fast track to switches in our behavior. Sometimes simple methods can lead to extraordinary results.
Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most
By Douglas Stone, Bruce Patton, and Sheila Heen
Description: Every effective leader must be able to have the tough conversations. This book walks through a step-by-step proven approach on having those type of conversations with less stress and more success. Readers will learn how to avoid defensiveness, keeping balance when facing accusations, and how to work through the underlying structure of difficult conversations. This is the perfect read to turn to for advice, practical skills, and reassurance.
First, Break All the Rules: What the World’s Greatest Managers Do Differently
By Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman
Topic: Employee Engagement
Description: How do great managers find, focus, and keep talented employees? Using a study of 80,000 managers in 400 companies, the authors reach the conclusion that a company that lacks great front line managers will bleed talent. This book uses findings involving discipline, focus, trust, and willingness to treat employees as individuals as the overall secrets for converting talent into lasting performance.
The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership: Follow Them and People Will Follow You
By John Maxwell
Description: This revised edition of the classic is updated with two new laws and fresh success stories. Maxwell has combined his insights from leadership successes and mistakes with observations of business, politics, sports, religion, and military conflict. His leadership advice, evaluation, and application exercises will improve your leaderships skills as a whole.
The First-Time Manager
By Loren B. Belker, Jim McCormick and Gary S. Topchik
Topic: Management Basics
Description: This book will show you the ropes when it comes to mastering supervisory skills. It is filled with expert information that breaks down complex issues into easy to understand language, helping new managers find useful advice on management styles, hiring, motivating staff, leading meetings, performance management, and balance as a leader.
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change
By Stephen R. Covey
Topic: Personal Effectiveness
Description: Covey backs the theory that true leadership starts from within by touching on both personal and professional effectiveness. Readers are taught how to manage their inner well-being, create a personal vision, and cultivate self-control. Once you’ve mastered yourself, you can then extend your influence to those around you.
Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t
By Simon Sinek’s
Topic: Team Building
Description: The mission of this book is to further the creation of a happier and healthier organization. Sinek dives into the ideas of trust and cooperation and why they are essential to success. Organizations that create these healthy environments are proven to outperform their competition and have employees that find fulfillment from their work.