In our previous article, we presented you five books that can be of great help if you are aspiring to become a leader in IT or when you want to sharpen your IT Leadership skills.
We’re following up with the second part of the list in which we describe five more books from very talented and influential authors. They share their thoughts, experiences, and leadership essentials, everyone, benefits from.
Let’s dive right in!
6. The Five Dysfunctions Of A Team – by Patrick Lencioni
Most managers (should) know that whether your team works effectively and efficiently makes all the difference in the outcome and delivery of projects. Patrick Lencioni did a fantastic job in encapsulating many leadership concepts in a very readable and enjoyable digest.
He describes in great detail how trust as one of the fundamental basis of teamwork will lead to constructive conflict among team members. It shows how committed the people within a given team are and to what extent they should feel accountable for the work and results that derive from it.
Lencioni has included a nifty quiz at the end of the book you can use to assess the impact the five dysfunctions have on the team that is under your supervision.
A fantastic and actionable read indeed!
7. Smarter Faster Better – by Charles Duhigg
Famous for his book “The Power of Habit”, Duhigg is a master in explaining how employees, managers, and teams can become “better” in doing their job. Duhigg is one of our personal favourites as he is one of the few authors that combines rigorous research with cutting-edge and on-point productivity theories in an incredibly engaging story.
Smarter Faster Better is no exception. The readers look fondly back at the time they devoured the book page by page feeling enriched and educated after each paragraph.
If you’re looking for a book that will help you to embrace modern-day leadership essentials and best practices, Smarter Faster Better is a safe and reliable choice.
8. The Next Generation of Women Leaders – by Selena Rezvani
The gender gap n the labour market has caused vast differences in the percentages of women and men in the type of occupations and relative incomes. Even though the gap has been eroding in the last few decades, there is still a significant distinguishment between the number of women who are in a leadership position as opposed to men.
In “The Next Generation of Women Leaders” you will find various excerpts from interview Razvani conducted with women executives from all industries. It intends to help women navigate through the corporate rat race and offers rich resources of valuable information and tools that support this.
Despite women being the target audience for this book, many of the stories, tips, tricks, and advice will resonate with male leaders as well.
9. Mastering Leadership – by Robert. J. Anderson and William A. Adams
Many leaders today are in over their heads and don’t always realise it. This is causing the complexity of a given task, project, or issue to outpace their personal development until they are beyond the point of being able to cope with them. In other words, this impedes them to master leadership and help the organisation thrive.
This where Master Leadership proves to be an excellent aid in helping leaders to develop themselves to the extent that leadership becomes a competitive advantage. The provides a very comprehensive roadmap that contains the essential information for effective leadership:
Rigorous research studies that show apparent correlations between effective leadership and organisational performance.
Free self-assessment tools that help you identify bottlenecks in your leadership endeavours and how to improve.
The stages of leadership evolution: Egocentric, Reactive, Creative, Integral, and Unitive. Every step is broken down in bite-sized, graspable, and actionable advice.
Leadership practices that aid you in accelerating the development of your capabilities
Several case studies are showing you a practical overview of the Leadership Development System.
If you are in need of a systematic approach to develop and improve the leadership system in your organisation and your own skills, this book is indeed worth a read.
10. The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People – by Stephen R. Covey
We finish our list by describing an internationally respected book on leadership – The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. With over 25 million copies sold, this book has been the epitome of professional and personal development for several decades.
Stephen Covey tells his reader how to effectively attain your goals by aligning oneself to the so-called “true north”. A universal and timeless concept that helps people to obtain the desired results and nurture what produces those results. It’s broken down into seven very readable and enjoyable chapters:
1. Be proactive
2. Begin with the end in mind
3. Put first things first
4. Think win-win
5. Seek first to understand, then to be understood
7. Sharpen the saw
His book is considered one of the best influential business management books that ever hit the bookshelves.