Effective business management requires a commitment to learning that keeps you up to date on the latest management practices and strategies to continuously grow your leadership skills. There are a number of truly valuable resources currently available that should be at the very top of your reading list. In order to stay competitive, managers should do everything they can to stay ahead of the curve to make sure they are leading their companies in the right direction. Today’s article provides a concise list of the most valuable business management books for managers to read this year.
First, Break All the Rules
This classic by Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman provides an in-depth study of great managers and how their development of their employees’ specific talents and performance helped to grow their businesses in a highly effective manner.
Business: The Ultimate Resource
For a very detailed exploration of business management, consider reading this text by Jonathan Law. It includes comprehensive essays on best practices, management checklists, and profiles of top minds in the field.
Now Discover Your Strengths
Also by Marcus Buckingham in collaboration with Donald Clifton, Now Discover Your Strengths provides helpful insights to better understand workplace strengths and weaknesses. One of the most critical aspects of management is building on the strengths of your team. This book helps readers identify their own strengths and therefore helps managers identify the key strengths of their staff.
Good to Great
Another well-known management book, Good to Great by Jim Collins studies the success of companies who are able to convert standard performance to long-term success. The book delves into why companies who failed to excel didn’t make the cut, and what the difference between the great companies and the simply good companies truly is.
Author John Kotter provides an eight-step process for inspiring positive change from a position of leadership. If you have been charged with the task of inspiring action and gaining buy in from staff and key stakeholders, this book will provide a simple roadmap to get from point a to point b.
Why Should Anyone Work Here?: What It Takes to Create an Authentic Organization
Rob Goffee and Gareth Jones join forces to discuss what it really takes to attract, retain, and inspire industry leading talent. Implementing management strategies such as letting people be themselves, practicing radical honesty, and building on people strengths will help you show your staff and candidates why anyone should work for you.
Act Like a Leader, Think Like a Leader
Herminia Ibarra writes about the importance of action and the use of what he refers to as ‘outsights’ that are the inevitable result of leadership experience and which are the basis for meaningful growth and the empowerment of employees and organizations.
Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World
This management book by McChrystal, Fussell, Collins, and Silverman provides insights into the value of flexibility and engagement of employees in the modern workplace. Outlining specific rules to inspire positive change and leadership, this new approach to management will surely become an instant classic.
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