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Top 7 Management Books You Need To Read

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I put this list together for reading during a summer break away from the office, but it's a good list for any time of the year. Here are seven key business management books you need to read to improve your management skill and people management abilities.

1. Now Discover Your Strenghts

Another great book by Marcus Buckingham (and Donald Clifton). Use the insights of this book to help you understand your own strengths (and weaknesses) better. Then stretch and use it to help you understand your people better.
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2. First, Break All the Rules

Gallup's Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman summarize in this book the results of their in-depth study of great managers. The managers who ultimately became the focus of the research excelled at developing each employee's specific talents and growing them into top performers. These managers, as the title says, do not hesitate to break any rule that conventional wisdom says must be followed.
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3. New Yorker Book of Business Cartoons

I enjoy New Yorker cartoons because they make me both laugh and think. This collection of cartoons about business is an enjoyable read, especially away from the office.
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4. Communicate with Confidence!

Each year, Dianna Booher teaches thousands of people how to communicate more effectively, at work, at home, in any situation. This book distills her tips into a single source that you can use to increase your ability to think on your feet and verbally communicate with confidence.
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5. Executive Thinking

The full title of the book is "Executive Thinking: The Dream, The Vision, The Mission Achieved". However, based on my interview with its author, Leslie Kossoff, I usually refer to it as "Dare to Dream", because most of us are afraid to do just that. Read my interview with her and then see if you don't buy the book.

6. Good To Great

Collins calls Good To Great a "prequel" to his hugely successful Built To Last, which set a target for all of us. However, that book left out critical information for those of us struggling to move our companies from Good To Great as opposed to those trying to hold on to greatness. The missing piece is clearly identified in Collins' Good To Great.

7. The 16 Personality Types, Descriptions for Self-Discovery

This book is an interesting twist on the 16 personality types of Myers Briggs. It got me thinking about the differences between management styles and communications styles - is there really any difference? Isn't the KEY management skill the ability to communicate effectively?
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