2018 was an outstanding year for books on leadership and management. These books provide insight from leaders who set high standards for achievement, making their advice and experiences accessible to managers everywhere.
With cooler autumn weather rolling in and the holidays just around the corner, treat yourself to some time with these must-reads before the new year:
Here are three books every good leader should read in 2018:
1. The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups, by Daniel Coyle
Daniel Coyle is the New York Times bestselling author of The Talent Code. In his most recent book, Coyle demonstrates how highly successful teams and groups reach their achievements. He breaks down their methods and walks managers through them step by step, providing a toolkit for building a cohesive and innovative group culture.
For The Culture Code, Coyle spent time with some of the U.S.’s most high-achieving groups, from the Navy’s SEAL Team Six to the San Antonio Spurs. He found there are three key skills groups used to create cohesion and cooperation – and he teaches managers how to use them.
2. Crushing It!: How Great Entrepreneurs Build Their Business and Influence – and How You Can, Too, by Gary Vaynerchuk
Gary Vaynerchuk has landed on the NYT bestseller list four times, most recently with Crushing It!. In this book, he explores lessons and inspiration gathered from influencers, entrepreneurs and others who chose to follow their own path to a thriving personal brand instead of simply punching the clock.
Often, motivating a team has much to do with discovering individual team members’ personal contributions and strengths, and then melding those into a cohesive whole. Crushing It! shows how managers can help team members find their personal voice and channel it for extraordinary results.
3. Powerful: Building a Culture of Freedom and Responsibility, by Patty McCord
What if everything you knew about recruiting, motivating, and sustaining great teams was wrong? According to Patty McCord, former chief talent officer at Netflix, many companies and managers find themselves in exactly this predicament.
In Powerful, McCord discusses how she participated in building Netflix’s one-of-a-kind high-performance culture. The key: “radical honesty,” a willingness to let go of workers who don’t meet the standard, and motivation based on challenging work rather than external factors like rewards or promotions. Perhaps this is why the Washington Post called Powerful one of the “11 Leadership Books to Read in 2018.”
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