Book review: The best books for developing your leadership and management
Are you wondering what the top leadership and management books are? Do you wish to be a more productive? Do you want to make this your most fruitful year so far?
Don’t worry! Here are some great book reviews and recommendations. Among them are some older titles and some newer ones, but they are all essential reads and will equip and inspire you.
1. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Stephen R. Covey
Full of applied wisdom, this book takes you on a journey from creating a foundation to help you win at a individual level before moving on to what you need to succeed as a leader. If you have not yet devoured this book then redeem yourself and buy it as soon as possible!
2. Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don’t – Jim Collins
In the past decade Jim Collins has become one of the most well known figures in organisational development. This book (something of a prequel to his other famous book, Built to Last) takes a studied approach to finding what makes a organisation truly great, including identifying the sorts of people who lead such companies. While reading this book you will be challenged and inspired.
3. The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership: Follow Them and People Will Follow You – John C. Maxwell
John C. Maxwell has written a host of books, and there are many that deserve recognition, but this is perhaps his classic work. His simple, applicable to all take on leadership is very engaging and his catchy definition of leadership as ‘influence’ shows that everyone is a leader in one way or another. This book will help you to develop your character and abilities so you can become the best leader you can be.
4. Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion – Robert B. Cialdini
Robert Cialdini’s most popular publication is a go-to resource for people in sales but considering Maxwell’s observation, that leadership is influence, this book is recommended reading for every manager as well as every Public Relations and Marketing department. It is sure to improve your communication and you will never see an advertisement in the same light ever again!
5. The Decision Book: Fifty Models for Strategic Thinking - Mikael Krogerus and Roman Tschäppeler
An awesome resource; the book is small enough to fit in your pocket but it is packed full of great decision making tools. The material is broken down into short, easy to process chapters making it very accessible. You can read from start to finish or just pick a relevant section for whatever task you have at hand. This is a book to keep close at hand; ready for whenever you want to get your creativity flowing.