Managing employees is hard work. It’s important to engage and inspire each person, but the correct approach isn’t always clear. Being an effective manager isn’t about achieving perfection, but it does require a commitment to constant learning and growth. Thankfully, many fantastic managers have written books offering tips to help effectively reach your staffers.

Premium Staffing, Inc. — one of the leading job agencies in Chicago — recommends these four New York Times Best-Sellers as must-reads for every manager.

“Thinking Fast and Slow,” by Daniel Kahneman

Written by psychologist and Nobel Prize winner, Daniel Kahneman, this book explains the two systems that control the way we think. While System One is fast, intuitive and emotional, System Two is slower, more deliberate and more logical. Based on this premise, Kahneman explains the benefit of slow thinking and not always trusting your intuitions. Learn how to get past mental glitches getting you in trouble to tap into the right parts of your mind to make better managerial decisions.

“Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike,” by Phil Knight

He founded a brand with annual sales that exceed $30 billion, so Phil Knight definitely knows a thing or two about great management. This memoir offers key insights into Nike’s early days, and details its ascent into one of the most popular brands on the globe. Learn about the key relationships that laid the groundwork for the company’s success — including those with his first employees — and his rises and falls on the way to the top.

“The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business,” by Charles Duhigg

Written by Pulitzer Prize-winner Charles Duhigg, this book details why habits exist and tips to change them. Reach your management potential by discovering how your habits work and learning ways to improve them. More than just a way to change your management style, these tips can also be applied to every aspect of your life.

“Spark: How To Lead Yourself and Others to Great Success,” by Angie Morgan, Courtney Lynch and Sean Lynch

Based on the premise that leaders can be found at any level of an organization, this book explains how ‘Sparks’ — doers, thinkers, innovators and key influencers — are defined by their actions, not their job title. Authors Angie Morgan, Courtney Lynch and Sean Lynch highlight the way anyone can become a great leader by exhibiting seven key behaviors.

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