It is no secret that the world’s most successful people and great leaders share one common trait — reading and gaining knowledge every day. Whether it”s enhancing their skill sets, learning leadership and management style or simply learning something new; leadership and management books are always welcome.
Taking out a few minutes every day to catch up on your daily read is one of the best practices for shaping your own management approach. With an ever-growing number of leadership and management books, here is our list of must-read books.
A New Way To Think: Your Guide To Superior Management Effectiveness by Roger Martin
Leadership and management is art for Roger Martin — who has advised the CEOs of some of the world’s most successful companies. With this book, Martin took a fresh, critical approach to helping others and answering some important questions — How do you decide where to play and how to win? What is the key to shaping and changing corporate culture? How can you design a successful, sustainable innovation process? A New Way to Think covers the entire breadth of the management landscape— illuminating the true nature of competition, explaining how company success revolves around customers, revealing how strategy and execution are really the same things, and much more.
A key skill in leadership and management is how to be a good leader. In Learning to Lead: The Journey to Leading Yourself, Leading Others, and Leading an Organization, Ron Williams enlightens you with leadership advice no matter what stage you may be at. From searching for a new career, looking for proven management solutions, or methods to transform your organization. The book further helps you get closer to your career quest, avoid pitfalls, build a strong team, develop a leadership style and overcome interpersonal challenges and conflicts to name a few. Williams’s book is a classic read for leadership development that ought to be on your shelf.
Act Like A Leader, Think Like A Leader by Herminia Ibarra
The key to being a great leader is focusing on regular skill enhancement. Herminia Ibarra — an expert on professional leadership and development and a renowned professor at INSEAD business school — in her book, shows how managers and executives at all levels can step up to leadership by making small but crucial changes in their jobs, their networks, and themselves. Ibarra heavily relies on the “think first and then act” philosophy. For her, outsight is what helps you change the way you think as a leader: about what kind of work is important; how you should invest your time; why and which relationships matter in informing and supporting your leadership; and, ultimately, who you want to become. The read is even packed with self-assessments and practical advice to help you adapt better.
The 5 Levels Of Leadership: Proven Steps To Maximize Your Potential By John C. Maxwell
True leadership and management is about how you lead a pack. This book teaches you leadership tools to fuel success, grow your team, and become the visionary you were meant to be. True success is when you learn how to invest in people and inspire them and hence build a team that produces. The key levels of leadership according to Maxwell are Position, Permission, Production, People Development and Pinnacle. Learn more about each in the book.
Turn the Ship Around: A True Story of Turning Followers into Leaders by L. David Marquet
Turn the Ship Around! is a true story based on Former Navy captain David Marquet’s true story. It revolves around how the Santa Fe skyrocketed from worst to first in the fleet by challenging the U.S. Navy’s traditional leader-follower approach. The book traces the importance of giving control to his subordinates, and creating leaders rather than taking control. This is a key strategy to creating workplaces where everyone takes responsibility for his or her actions, where followers grow to become leaders, and where happier teams drive dramatically better results.
After decades of advising and inspiring some of the most eminent chief executives in the world, Lolly Daskal has uncovered a a pattern — within each leader are powerful abilities that are also hidden impediments to greatness. In her book, Daskal reveals her proven system that begins with identifying your distinctive leadership archetype and recognizing its shadows.