Being a manager can be intimidating at times.But one thing that might be even scarier is sifting through all of the management advice the internet has to offer. Lucky for you, weve done the legwork and compiled a list of 8 standout books that every manager should read.
Whether you are a new manager seeking to learn best practices or a seasoned professional who wants to optimize their teams performance, theres a book for you on this list.Radical Candor: Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity by Kim ScottWhat youll learn: How to personalize motivation to each team member, how to positively challenge everyone on your team including yourself, how to engage in difficult conversations that add value, and how to critically learn from the wins and the losses.Summary: After leaving Google and moving to Apple, where she created a class on optimal management, Kim Scott is now the CEO of her own business, Candor, Inc.
, where she helps companies follow the advice she gives in this book. Radical Candor turns the classic if you dont have anything nice to say, then dont say anything at all approach on its head, and is described as the sweet spot between managers who are obnoxiously aggressive on one side and ruinously empathetic on the other.What type of manager would benefit?
Any managers who want to learn how to communicate feedback and build great relationships with their teams. This will be particularly useful if you struggle with being direct with your team.Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel H.
PinkWhat youll learn: How to motivate your team beyond the old carrot and a stick approach and how to tackle your own struggles with motivation. Summary: In his fourth novel, Daniel Pink explores the three factors that are proven to increase performance and personal satisfaction in the new era of work: autonomy, mastery, and purpose. Studies show that we are more motivated by internal factors than external ones.
Once our employees are compensated enough to not worry about monetary stress, people crave a self-directed approach towards mastering a task for a greater purpose. What type of manager would benefit? Managers who are struggling to consistently inspire the right habits on their team.
Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration by Ed CatmullWhat youll learn: How to develop a culture that promotes creativity, how to trust your employees and allow them to make decisions without approval, and how to leverage creative tools to improve a teams performance.Summary: Created by one the co-founders of Pixar Animation Studios, Creativity, Inc.
seeks to answer the question, what does it mean to manage well? Ed Catmulls response? Creativity.
In this novel, the reader is taken into the inner workings of Pixar to learn the strategies that made it the great success it is today.What type of manager would benefit? Managers looking to empower their employees to be independent or managers who want to facilitate creativity.
Inclusion: Diversity, The New Workplace & The Will To Change by Jennifer BrownWhat youll learn: How to empower team members from any background and how to positively alter organizational systems to support employees in a changing workforce.Summary: The one aspect of diversity and inclusion (D&I) that everyone seems to forget about is inclusion. Studies have found that the organizations that most effectively support their diverse talent are most likely to be successful.
Managers play a key role in fostering inclusion in a workplace, and that will only become increasingly true in the future of work.What type of manager would benefit? All managers have something to learn from this book, but particularly those managers who are unfamiliar with D&I or work in organizations without a lot of D&I learning resources.
Act Like a Leader, Think Like a Leader by Herminia IbarraWhat youll learn: How to rethink your job in order to improve your performance, how to grant yourself the ability to alter your leadership style, and how to foster deeper connections with those in your network. Summary: Sometimes managers need to take a step back and reevaluate all of the demands surrounding them. Herminia Ibarras novel discusses small changes that can help managers change old mindsets and position themselves for success.
This book is filled with actionable items that will help managers plan their strategy for taking on new wave management techniques. What type of manager would benefit? New managers growing into their first leadership role or seasoned managers seeking to modernize their leadership style.
Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Dont by Jim CollinsWhat youll learn: How to foster a culture of discipline and the remarkable results that creates, how to confront the mistakes your organization has made, and how to effectively use technology to advance performance.Summary: How do companies move from being mediocre to obtaining long-lasting greatness? By assembling a team of researchers and closely studying a small batch of high-achieving companies, Collins discovered the differences between mediocre and standout companies.
Nearly any question one could ask about management strategy and practice can be answered in Good to Great.What type of manager would benefit? Managers looking to refine their management style with a focus on improving culture.
The Essential Drucker by Peter F. DruckerWhat youll learn: How your role as manager has evolved over time and Druckers insight on the two most important roles of a manager: decision-making and communication just to name a few. Summary: Peter Drucker has more than sixty years experience of studying economics and society, and is considered a real management legend.
This novel serves as a CliffNotes of Druckers career and his advice that has withstood the test of time. It encapsulates his most relevant and engaging material surrounding management. What type of manager would benefit?
All managers.High Output Management by Andrew GroveWhat youll learn: How to skillfully leverage your time as a manager, how to identify the limiting step in a business process, how to hold efficient meetings (everything from a one-on-one to entire team meetings), the importance of employee training, and so much more.Summary: High Output Management, widely considered the management bible in tech, is a classic management novel written by the former Chairman and CEO of Intel.
This book thoroughly dives into the science of management. Its filled with real-life management scenarios from Groves own experiences and the ways in which highly-effective managers and teams should operate. As Ben Horowitz states, the power of High Output Management is that it creates experts rather than merely competent managers.
If you havent read this one yet, theres just one question to ask: what are you waiting for?What type of manager would benefit? All managers.
Really.Management isnt easy, and though a book might not change your teams performance overnight, we can guarantee you will get something useful out of each of these titles. Take your personal development into your own hands to take your team to the next level.
Are there any books we missed that should be on this list? Have you read any of these books and found them helpful? Let us know!