7 books to make me a better manager

Written on: 29 August 2019

Written by: Bethany Lowdon



Here are 7 books on tips and tricks to make you a better manager!

  1. Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success – Adam Grant

This book focuses on how we interact with others to increase success. It examines three different workplace personas. 1. Taker – those who ask for help and don’t return the favour. 2. Matchers - help others but only when expecting help in return. 3. Givers – give help freely without expecting it in return.

  1. Creativity Inc – Ed Catmull

Creativity Inc. is written my Ed Catmill the founder of Pixar. It focuses on how leaders can get the best out of their team and the business challenges he faced and overcame. Especially if you are creative, this book is for you!

  1. Becoming a Better Boss: Why Good Management is so Difficult – Julian Birkinshaw

Becoming a Better Boss takes a real-world approach, looking at the topic from a perspective of an employee in a real-world organisation.  It stresses the importance of taking management seriously and introduces a new approach to management.

  1. The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way You Lead Forever – Bungay Stanier Michael

This book looks at how mangers can unlock people’s potential. This focusing on different coaching methods, by saying less and asking more, you can develop coaching methods to produce great results.

  1. Fit For Purpose Leadership 4 – Andrew Priestley

Fit for Purpose Leadership 4 shares advice on business leadership focusing on health, mindset, social, relationships, meaning and purpose, best practise and emerging trends from 21 high performing leaders from around the world.

  1. Managing and Organisation: An Introduction to Theory and Practise – Stewart R Clegg

This book explores a realist’s guide to management, especially if you’d like to improve your organisational skills, not only your own but for organising people this book provides real-world examples.

  1. Dare To Lead – Brene Brown

Dare To Lead is a book created for people who chose courage over comfort.  It explores how leaders hold themselves accountable and are able to recognise the potential in people and their ideas in order to develop.

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