FIRST LEADERSHIP BOOK I WOULD GIVE TO A NEW MANAGER
It is virtually impossible to select one single book given the vast number of leadership books that have been published.
This list is not exhaustive at all - far from it - I am sure you can enhance this list with dozens of other books.
My intention is to shorten your learning curve and to give you specific, practical and powerful tools that give you both depth and breadth.
To take advantage of this list, I suggest you choose the titles that most capture your attention, look them up in Amazon.com, and explore them by using the Amazon's feature called Search Inside This Book. This will give you a more accurate idea about whether such title is of real interest to you or not.
This list appears in alphabetical order by title - order has nothing to do with importance.
- Bringing out the best in people by Aubrey Daniels
- Built to Last by James Collins & Jerry Porras
- Coaching for improved work performance by Ferdinand F Fournies
- Corporate Culture & Performance by John Kotter & James Heskett
- Drive: The surprising truth about what motivate us by Daniel Pink
- Execution by Larry Bossidy & Ram Charan
- Four Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive by Patrick Lencioni
- Four Secrets of High Performing Organizations by Bud Bilanich
- Good Enough Isn't Enough by Alan Weiss
- Good to Great by James Collins
- How Organizations Work by Alan Brache
- How to Think Like a CEO and Act Like a Leader by Michael F Andrew
- In Search of Excellence by Tom Peters & Robert Waterman
- It's Your Ship: Management Techniques from the Best Damn Ship in the Navy by Michael Abrashoff
- Leading Change by John Kotter
- Measure of a Leader by Aubrey Daniels
- On becoming a Leader by Warren Bennis
- Peak Performance by Jon Katzenbach
- Principle Centered Leadership by Stephen R. Covey
- Senior Leadership Teams: What it takes to make them great by Wageman et Al.
- Squawk!: How to Stop Making Noise and Start Getting Results by Travis Bradberry
- The Art of Leadership by Max DePree
- The Essential Drucker: The Best of Sixty Years of Peter Drucker's Essential Writings on Management by Peter F Drucker
- The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni
- The Leadership Challenge by James Kouzes & Barry Posner
- The One Minute Manager by Ken Blanchard & Spencer Johnson
- The Right Fight by Joni & Beyer
- The SPEED of trust by Stephen M.R. Covey
- The wisdom of teams by Jon Katzenbach
- Ultimate Leadership: Winning Execution Strategies for Your Situation by Russell Palmer
- What Really Works by William Joyce, Nitin Nohira & Bruce Robertson
- Winning by Jack Welch
I know this is a long list - so, if I were forced by an army of new managers to pick out five books out of this list, I would suggest them to read (in this order):
First: The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni
As a manager you are paid to deliver results, and as a manager you deliver results through your people. This book will give you the tools you need to build high performance teams.
Second: Winning by Jack Welch
According to Fortune Magazine, Welch was the best CEO of the twentieth century. This book will show you what he did to lead - in very specific and practical terms.
Third: Coaching for improved work performance by Ferdinand F Fournies
Performance management is something managers do every day - whether they are aware of it or not. Unfortunately, most managers don’t know how to do it properly, making their work difficult at best. This book will give you the tools.
Forth: Drive: The surprising truth about what motivate us by Daniel Pink
Intrinsic motivation is at the heart of any endeavor. If you do not know how to create the necessary conditions to motivate your people, you will have a very hard time delivering results. This book is a must.
Fifth: The Essential Drucker: The Best of Sixty Years of Peter Drucker's Essential Writings on Management by Peter F Drucker
Peter Drucker is considered to be the father of management. This book will give you rock-solid fundamentals in management.
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