Summer Reading Series: Great Management Books You May Not Have Heard Of

Summer is the perfect time to finally read all those books that you know will improve your management skills and boost your leadership quotient that you just can’t get to during the rest of the year. Here are great management books you may not have heard of.

6 Top Management Books

1. The Effective Executive: The Definitive Guide to Getting the Right Things Done

Instead of taking it for granted that most of his readers can define management on their own, Peter F. Drucker lays out the concept. He prioritizes systematic hard work and accomplishing things instead of building a personality cult around themselves or trying to gain publicity. Without hard work, brilliance is ineffective because nothing ever gets done.

2. The One-Minute Manager

 Kenneth Blanchard and Spencer Johnson make their book easy to read because they use stories and parables and actionable advice to make sense of some complex yet valuable concepts. They stress that you have to blend two types of manager—the autocratic one interested in results and the democratic one who’s kind and is concerned with pleasing and developing his employees. The manager who neglects one or the other is only half a manager.

3.Dilbert and the Way of the Weasel: A Guide to Outwitting Your Boss, Your Coworkers, and the Other Pants-Wearing Ferrets in Your Life

Once again, Scott Adams uses his sense of humor to detail the absurdity and inconsistency of the business world. This time he explores management and decision making and the Weasel Zone, which is the grey area between good moral behavior and outright felonious activities.

4. The Age of Unreason

Published in 1991, The Age of Unreason is still relevant almost 30 years later. Charles Handy notes that the world is constantly changing and in order to deal with it, we need to change, too—we need to change our thinking, new types of schools, new ideas, and new approaches to work.

5. Don’t Bring It to Work: Breaking the Family Patterns that Limit Success

Sylvia Lafair explores how patterns and personalities originally designed to deal with family conflicts have been repeated in the workplace. She outlines the 13 most common characters in an office, how destructive they can become, and how we can overcome them. With real-life anecdotes, workbook-style anecdotes, and practical advice, Lefair guides her readers out of dangerous behaviors and empowers them to make a difference at work.

6. The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership

Okay, this one you’ve probably heard of…because it’s just that good. But John C. Maxwell has returned to his original work from 1993 to update his necessary wisdom: how to use integrity, self-discipline, and a commitment to positive change to develop your vision and leadership ability.

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