There’s a reason why most successful leaders set aside time to read books. Reading stretches your experience beyond the people and situations you encounter on your own. Reading articles and blog posts will help keep you current. Reading books takes you deeper into important thoughts, situations, and experiences.
This is the first in a series of posts that will help you discover good books on a variety of topics. These suggestions are for you if you’ve recently become responsible for the performance of a group or if you have a friend or protégé who has recently made that move.
Making the Most of the Transition
The First-Time Manager by Loren B. Belker, Jim McCormick, Gary S. Topchik
Act Like a Leader, Think Like a Leader by Herminia Ibarra
My ebook: Now You’re the Boss: Making the most of the most important transition in business. I devoted one chapter to “Getting the Most from Your Reading.”
Tools and Techniques
The Leadership Challenge: How to Make Extraordinary Things Happen in Organizations by James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner
The New One Minute Manager by Ken Blanchard and Spencer Johnson
The Progress Principle: Using Small Wins to Ignite Joy, Engagement, and Creativity at Work by Teresa Amabile and Steven Kramer
My ebook: Become a Better Boss One Tip at a Time
If you’re stuck working for a jerk, grab a copy of Bob Sutton’s book, The Asshole Survival Guide.
I know these books are good. I also know that they’re not a complete list of good books for a new leader. I read a lot, but there’s no way I can read all the good leadership books that come on the market.
What books would you add to this list?