Management is one of those tasks that require a lot of skills including organizational and leadership skills. A manager administers and coordinates with the employee, and works as a leader to help accomplish the desired goals of an organization. It is the manager who looks after the welfare of the employees and solves their problems.
From planning, decision-making, organizing, motivating, leading and controlling, a manager has these important roles to play in order to run an organization efficiently. Management not only is a prestigious work option, but also holds a vital position in a business or organization, and lots of important factors depend on the roles of Managers. A manager needs to have a good personality and excellent leadership skills to influence people at work, and lead them. If you too are seeking a future in the management area, and want to acquire these aforementioned skills before beginning with your career, then we have provided the list of best management books that can change your perspectives, mould your personality and help you with acquiring the required skills.
1. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Stephen R. Covey
A powerful book on management and leadership by Stephen R. Covey is a self-improvement book that provides readers with the best guide to success and introduces them to good habits that led powerful people to flourish. Covey takes seven good habits that have proven to be useful to successful people and explain them with his own perspective.
Covey brings old traditional beliefs of personality and success, and compares them with the modern approach of these seven good habits, and how they are much more effective than traditional methods. A book that will deeply influence readers to become powerful leaders with powerful personalities, Covey’s book will change your perception of seeing the world, and the definition of your success.
2. How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie
Dale Carnegie’s How to Win your Friends and Influence People is one of the best books ever written for people wanting to become powerful managers and leaders. A book that paves a path to success, this classic read includes core ideas and principles to have a better understanding of people, improve relationships, win over conversations, andinfluence behaviour through leadership skills.
With some fundamental techniques, do’s and don’ts, Dale develops a content that is extremely informative and useful for aspiring managers and leaders. This book covers essential topics such as Six ways to make people like you, Simple techniques to memorize names, and many other principles and values advices with valid explanations that will enhance the personality of readers. Because to become a good manager, one needs to have a good personality to influence people and lead them.
3. On Becoming a Leader by Warren Bennis
Warren Bennis was a pioneer of leadership studies, his book On Becoming a Leader has changed the lives of millions of readers worldwide. Truly the only book you will need to acquire leadership skills, Bennis in his book takes readers on a wonderful learning experience that is established on a firm belief, “leaders are not born but made”. It is through the best advice from a scholar like Bennis that can change the perspectives of people around the world and mould them into successful leaders.
This book features lifetime lessons, timeless insights for generations, essential qualities that define a leader, strategies to win over people and many other valuable information. It is certainly a book that will help readers climb the ladder to success.
4. Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
A famous book of success, Napoleon Hill in his book Think and Grow Rich has provided the readers with the best success advice by featuring the lives of powerful and successful leaders. Hill features the success stories of Andrew Carnegie, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, and other millionaires of his generation, to depict readers how it is to rise from nothing to have everything.
Hill presents the readers with the “Law of success”, his ideas and advices has even influenced modern powerful leaders of the world including Bill Gates, Mary Kay Ash, Dave Thomas, and Sir John Templeton. Napoleon’s book has changed the perspectives of many business owners and made them more successful. This book will help develop powerful insights and a rich personality with the real-life examples of best leaders of all time.
5. The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene
A classic by Robert Greene that teaches readers to acquire power in real life be it in business or in personal life, The 48 Laws of Power is all you need to become an influencer and leader. This book serves its purpose by bringing back the historical examples of practicing these laws, and how they have proven to be successful.
The laws are grounded in the reality of human nature, and hence it is important to understand them completely to improvise perceptions and thoughts. These 48 Laws are well explained by Greene so that readers understand the lesson behind it and try to apply it in their lives, this book might be a long read, but it is undoubtedly worthy of praise. Spend your valuable time reading a book that can change the principles of your lives.
6. Never Split the Difference Negotiating as if Your Life Depended on It by Chris Voss
Chris Voss a former international FBI hostage negotiator reveals his battle-tested strategies to readers in his book Never Split the Difference Negotiating. With five big ideas and chapters that focus on single important topics thatare comprehensive and easy-to-understand, Voss creates an unique reading experience that is rich throughout with valuable advices.
Learn the powerful negotiation strategies and techniques from the expert himself, and discover the secrets of becoming a successful negotiator.
7. Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert B. Cialdini
Another powerful and influential book on our list by Robert B. Cialdini, Influence the Psychology of Persuasion is your ultimate guide to delve inside the psyche or persuading people skillfully. This classic written by the expert himself, takes readers to an understanding why people say yes and how this “yes” can be a constant with the right set of principles and ethics that can be applied in everyday business.
Be it a manager, a team leader or a salesman, everyone needs to master the art of persuasion, and for that one needs to have a better understanding of human psychology and strategies that usually persuade people. Your words can change everything, a no can be turned into a yes with the right tactics. In this book, Cialdini introduces readers to the six universal principles that can help influence and persuade anyone. With a focus on these six principles, Cialdini provides the reader with a comprehensive guide that amplifies their abilities to change behaviours and most influence.
8. Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win by Jocko Willink
Learn leadership and managerial skills right from the highly ranked and powerful Navy Seal Officers obtain their ranks and lead dangerous operations especially in the unit of the Iraq War. Jocko Willink and Leif Babin are former US Navy Seal Officers, who reveal the powerful leadership principles that can be applied in any business or any field. The author themselves have acquired their skills from life-threatening experiences on operations and passes on these skills to the readers.
With the help of 15 real-life experiences that are turned into stories intertwined with important lessons, this book is not only one of the best leadership book ever written, but also provides an unique learning experience for readers through its life tested strategies. What’s more interesting that these influencers have not acquired their skills by reading books of greatest advisers rather, they have learnedfrom their experiences, and what can be a better lesson to readers than real-life experiences?
9. The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership: Follow Them and People Will Follow You by John Maxwell
An American bestselling author and anidentified leader in business by the American Management Association, John Maxwell brings for readers The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership that will transform then into influential leaders.This book by Maxwell is more like a foundational instruction manual, that depicts 21 practical laws that can be applied on any field in any discipline. These laws will provide readers with a better understanding of how to influence people and evidently become a successful leader. This book provides an opportunity to learn the secret strategies and principles from the expert himself, and has proven to be useful to many aspiring leaders and managers worldwide.
10. The Art of War by Sun Tzu
The last book on our list is indeed a powerful book on leadership, Sun Tzu the Chinese strategist and writer reveal remarkable military strategies in his book The Art of War that has influenced generations after generations. This quick-witted book of strategies is a masterwork and has helped people across the world to acquire leadership skills. Though it is unknown who Sun Tzu actually was, but his everlasting tactic and strategies have remained as an excellent leadership guide. Though this book majorly focuses on military strategies, there lies a lifetime lesson of leadership in every piece of advice. Learn from the strategy expert who holds an important position in Chinese History, and whose influential strategies have made this book “the most influential book of strategies in the world”.