Managing people is no simple task; managers have to wear many hats and juggle many responsibilities.
They often have to report to their own boss as well as numerous clients, in addition to leading the individuals in their departments.
Due to the excessive responsibilities, managers often get burnt out and lose track of their goals for the organisation. Or, they simply don’t have the skills necessary for a leadership position, struggling to keep up with the daily tasks.
A great solution for this dilemma is to pick a book that can provide inspiration for excellent management. We will provide some options in this article.
Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t – This highly-reviewed book by Simon Sinek has helped many supervisors since it was released in 2014. It’s based on observations by the author of Marines; he wrote about how the most senior Marines allow the most junior ones to eat first. According to a conversation Sinek had with a Marine Corps general, this same mentality applies on the battlefield, as the most senior Marines place the comfort of their subordinates before their own. The author uses this and other examples to explain how great teams are formed by a Circle of Safety that creates a sense of security for those inside the team. This is a great inspirational read for how managers need to act at the office to create effective teams.
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change – Stephen R. Covey’s book is so popular in the business world that it has sold over 10 million copies in the last 25 years. The best part about this read is that it offers useful advice to improve life both at home and in the office. It has been read by CEO’s presidents, as well as everyday people who have found the seven proposed habits transformative, yet easy to implement. Covey touches on paramount challenges that most managers face, such as time management, productivity, proactivity, etc.
First, Break All the Rules: What the World’s Greatest Managers Do Differently – Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman published this gem in 1999, but it is still as influential today as it was fifteen years ago. This read is targeted to modern managers that want to break the traditional mold and use their creativity to inspire their employees. It encourages leaders to strive for innovation in the workplace. The authors present actual findings from large-scale research studies about great managers worldwide, and provide useful tools to leaders about how to attract and keep the most talented employees. They state that often promotions or great pay aren’t enough, so other approaches must be taken.
Even if you consider yourself to be the best possible leader, you can still learn something from these inspirational reads. Challenge yourself by picking up a copy and see how you can improve your managerial skills.
Senior Trainer & Consultant
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