Leading a team is incredibly rewarding, but it’s also hard work. Being the boss doesn’t come with an instruction manual, but thankfully, there are plenty of books to help you learn and grow.
No doubt, you’re busy hiring within Chicago to prepare for the new year. However, it’s important to carve out a little time to focus on you. Here’s four books to read before 2020 that can help you become a better manager.
“The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference,” by Malcolm Gladwell
It was written in 2002, but “The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference,” is still relevant to modern managers. In this book, Gladwell highlights the tipping point phenomenon, which he describes as the time when “an idea, trend or social behavior” really catches on with people. This book can help change the way you think and inspire your team.
“Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us,” by Daniel Pink
As a manager, you need to know how to effectively motivate your team. In “Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us,” Pink explains that rewards like money aren’t as inspiring as generally believed. Instead, he believes high performance and an overall satisfaction with one’s life — both personally and professionally — are the secret to success.
“The First 90 Days: Proven Strategies for Getting Up to Speed Faster and Smarter, Updated and Expanded,” by Michael D. Watkins
Your career is filled with changes, so you need to learn how to handle them with ease. “The First 90 Days: Proven Strategies for Getting Up to Speed Faster and Smarter, Updated and Expanded,” is an updated version of Watkins’ book “The First 90 Days.” Learn proven strategies to help overcome the challenges associated with transitions at any point in your career.
Especially helpful for new managers, Watkins identifies common challenges faced by new leaders and offers tools and strategies to overcome them. Every chapter is complete with checklists, practical tools and self-assessment to help you apply the advice to your life.
“Emotional Intelligence 2.0,” by Travis Bradberry and Jean Graves
As a manager, you need to be in control of your emotions and have the ability to empathize with others. “Emotional Intelligence 2.0,” offers tips to help increase your emotional intelligence, so you can achieve your full potential. Bradberry and Graves cover four core emotional intelligence skills — self-awareness, self-management, social awareness and relationship management — to help you effectively manage your emotions.
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