Boss-Up: Books For All The New Bosses
What does having outstanding leadership entail? How do you lead with honesty, authority, and excitement while motivating your team?
Numerous studies have demonstrated that your leadership performance is influenced by your mentality, emotional intelligence, and the work culture you foster. You must begin developing these traits if you wish to assist your team in reaching new heights.
The world's most potent thing is a book. They have the power to open your eyes to a brand-new world, one brimming with information, insight, and opportunities. With the appropriate book, you may gain access to others' years of knowledge and develop some very original ideas.
There are countless publications with insights and suggestions on leadership. Finding one that is intriguing, perceptive, useful, and amusing to read in addition might be challenging.
Whether you're a natural leader or a hesitant one, we've gathered 10 best-sellers that will undoubtedly aid you in discovering your voice and honing your abilities. And they won't make you fall asleep (unless you're out of coffee, in which case we have no control). Here’s what we have on our bookshelves:
The One Minute Manager
Author: Kenneth Blanchard and Spencer Johnson
Why is it on our list: Three highly useful secrets—One Minutes Goals, One Minute Praisings, and One Minute Reprimands—are revealed in the short, simple narrative The One Minute Manager. This classic not only explains the fundamentals of managing people but also highlights that getting people to accomplish what you need them to do isn't all that difficult. Because of this, the book has managed to become a worldwide phenomenon and has been on bestseller lists for business for more than 20 years.
Our favorite quote from the book: “If you can’t tell me what you'd like to be happening, you don't have a problem yet. You're just complaining. A problem only exists if there is a difference between what is happening and what you desire to be happening.”
Don't Bring It to Work: Breaking the Family Patterns That Limit Success
Author: Sylvia Lafair
Why is it on our list: If you've ever questioned why the people you work with the act in such peculiar ways, your questions are over. What occurred or is happening in their home is reflecting and repeating itself at work, as this book demonstrates in great detail. What makes this book so helpful is how it pinpoints the personality types that lead to issues before outlining precisely how to use and reroute the troublesome behavior so that it advances the team's objectives.
The book contains a wealth of real-life anecdotes and helpful, workbook-style exercises that lucidly demonstrate how anyone can move past old, out-of-date attempts at conflict resolution and empower themselves to make significant differences both at work and in their personal lives. Observe your behavior to identify underlying patterns Understand and probe deeper to discover the origins of these patterns Transform your behavior by acting to change.
Our favorite quote from the book: "Once you learn how people's past family life and their work behaviors connect at a core level, you'll know where performance problems originate and conflict starts. Then you'll gain the skills to do something about it. Most organizational programs abort because they fail to deal with our life patterns, which are at the foundation of workplace anxiety, tension, and conflict."
How to Win Friends and Influence People
Author: Dale Carnegie
Why is it on our list: Even if the tales are dated and the writing style is a little corny, this book has a wealth of knowledge that hasn't yet run dry. Every single person I know who has studied this book from cover to cover (and took the effort to put its principles into practice) has been successful, if not in their professional lives then certainly in their personal ones. It seems possible that this book will continue to be a success for many years to come. There are many quotes in this book, but we choose the one that has helped a lot of people including us.
Our favorite quote from the book: "Criticism is futile because it puts a person on the defensive and usually makes him strive to justify himself. Criticism is dangerous, because it wounds a person's precious pride, hurts his sense of importance, and arouses resentment."
The Art of War
Author: Sun Tzu
Why is it on our list: As if it were a collection of proverbs from fortune cookies, this book is typically read in this manner. The premise of this book, which applies to all forms of leadership, is actually best expressed as a philosophy of life, so that misses the mark. It's one of those novels you can read 50 times and take away something new each time. In addition to being a stunning example of publishing art, the edition to which I've included a link above also has the greatest notes and commentary, all of which can help you comprehend the text even more.
Our favorite quote from the book: "Be extremely subtle, even to the point of formlessness. Be extremely mysterious, even to the point of soundlessness. Thereby you can be the director of the opponent's fate."
Dilbert and the Way of the Weasel
Author: Scott Adams
Why is it on our list: The Dilbert Principle, an earlier work by Adams, described the absurdity and inconsistent nature of the corporate world. The One Minute Manager and The Effective Manager present an idealistic view of management, but this book delves further into management and decision-making, illuminating why everyone's experience at work varies so considerably from that. This book will undoubtedly make you laugh if you have a sense of humor, but it will certainly be the awkward laugh that comes from realizing too much about your own inner weasel.
Our favorite quote from the book: "There's a gigantic gray area between good moral behavior and outright felonious activities. I call that the Weasel Zone* and it's where most of life happens."
The Obstacle is the Way
Author: Ryan Holiday
Why is it on our list: This book was written by the author as a guide to using philosophy as a strategy for productivity. Holiday discusses the use of the Stoic philosophy as a mental model for productivity in both business and life in general. The book is split into three main sections: Perception, Action, and Will, where he applies the Stoic philosophy to fictitious cases to connect the theory with reality.
Our favorite quote from the book: “You will come across obstacles in life- fair and unfair. And you will discover, time and time again, that what matters most is not what these obstacles are but how we see them, how we react to them, and whether we keep our composure.”
Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap… and Others Don’t
Author: Jim Collins
Why is it on our list: It is a management book that, via a number of case studies, explains how most businesses fail to make the leap from being excellent to exceptional. It includes all the success factors that allow average businesses to become exceptional, including outstanding people, discipline, and simplicity.
Our favorite quote from the book: “Good is the enemy of great. We don’t have great schools, great government, or great companies because they are generally good – and that is their main problem.”
7 Habits of Highly Effective People
Author: Stephen R. Covey
Why is it on our list: Even now, late Covey is regarded as one of the top leadership specialists. This book is on the individual rather than the organization. It has seven wisdom chapters: Be proactive, Start with the eventual goal in mind. Put first things first, consider the win-win situation, seek to comprehend first, then to be understood Sharpen the saw and synergize it. Covey instructs readers in this booklet that great leadership begins within and urges them to develop their own unique vision.
Our favorite quote from the book: “Treat a man as he is and he will remain as he is. Treat a man as he can and should be and he will become as he can and should be.”
The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership
Author: John C. Maxwell
Why is it on our list: Leadership is a basic yet intricate phenomenon that has been discussed by thousands of individuals in dozens of different ways. However, this book presents the many attributes and leadership strategies in an easy-to-read, learn, and implement format. Maxwell provides real-life tales interspersed with leadership tips and activities to help you develop your leadership style.
Our favorite quote from the book: “Many people view leadership the same way they view success, hoping to go as far as they can, to climb the ladder, to achieve the highest position possible for their talent. But contrary to conventional thinking, I believe the bottom line in leadership isn’t how far we advance ourselves but how far we advance others. That is achieved by serving others and adding value to their lives.”
Be the Boss Everyone Wants to Work For: A Guide for New Leaders
Author: William A. Gentry
Why is it on our list: Be the Boss Everyone Wants to Work For teaches you how to develop a managerial attitude. When transitioning into management, the book highlights the attitudes and practices that must change. For example, depending on soft skills rather than technical talents, delegating rather than handling all work oneself, and concentrating on team performance rather than individual performance. The change may be stressful and tough, and this book helps readers prepare for the obstacles that come with it.
Our favorite quote from the book: “Realize that the biggest driver of any new leader’s success is not about “me” anymore. Make others– your staff, your team, the people you lead and serve– successful and help them fulfill their potential.”
Our final thoughts
One of the most essential tools accessible to rising leaders is books for new managers. Many first-time bosses want to prove themselves and are too self-conscious to recognize their inadequacies or ask for assistance. These books frequently spare these supervisors from having to notify higher-ups about potential flaws.
Not to forget that these books speak directly to the shift from technical worker to the leader. The books tell the new managers about the techniques that must be changed, the talents that must be developed, and the traps to avoid. Many businesses fail to give quality management training programs early in their leaders' careers, and these books can assist to fill that need.