There are several business and management books that successful leaders refer to time and time again. In fact, you may already be familiar with some of these titles because they are all well known within the management industry. Each of these books focuses on a specific set of skills and traits that can benefit any manager or person in a leadership position.
5. Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity
The final on the list is the 2002 release of David Allen’s book. Since its publication it has sold over 1.5 million copies and is hailed as a premier time management guide. It outlines steps to reduce anxiety and wasted actions in order to maximize productivity. The author is known for his “do it, delegate it, defer it, drop it” method to deal with email. By thinking in advance, and becoming ok with what we are not doing, we are able to overcome mental blocks and experience true stress-free productivity.
4. First, Break All the Rules: What the World’s Greatest Managers Do Differently
First published in 1999, Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman have had a profound impact on today’s managers. With over a million copies sold by 2003 the findings from the author’s intensive Gallup poll of great managers remains solid. The crux is that all these successful managers broke every conventional management rule and instead of failing, succeeded wildly. Some even broke the golden rule and played favorites, but they all managed to turn their employee’s abilities into success, giving credence to the saying “rules were meant to be broken.”
3. How to Win Friends and Influence People
Many business and management professionals are familiar with Dale Carnegie’s most popular writing. With over 15 million copies sold, this book has found a home with both the self-help faction and the leadership/management faction. Though originally printed in 1936, the book has remained a mainstay through its techniques on handling people and 6 ways to make people like you in addition to tips on becoming an effective leader. Also included in the original, but omitted from recent editions, are tips for a happy home life.
2. 7 Habits of Highly Successful People
Written in 1990 by Stephen Covey, this book has sold over 25 million copies. The skills outlined in this book remain as valid now as they were when it was written. Topics focus on both the individual in the work place and in their personal life. Methods such as being proactive and thinking win-win are described to encourage a “paradigm shift” in the reader in order to open their mind to improving themselves in ways that will improve their personal happiness in addition to their professional life.
1. Think and Grow Rich
Napoleon Hill’s iconic piece remains at the top of the list with over 70 million copies sold since it’s printing in 1937. Hill is often seen as a pioneer in the self-help movement. The book is premised on his accumulation of 20 years of data from observing some of the world’s most successful and wealthiest men. Their traits were dissected and distilled into the 16 “laws” of success. These laws can be applied by anyone to their situation in order to manifest success in both their personal and professional lives.
- License: Creative Commons image source
Ted Bilson is a business manager and guest author at Top Management Degrees, where he has contributed several helpful guides to online management degree programs.