Saturday, September 7, 2013

Four of the Best Books for Business Managers to Learn Important Skills

Guest post by John McAdams

Business managers have a rough time figuring out how to effectively motivate and lead their staff members at all levels of an organization. Leadership and management skills are especially important if you are planning on opening up and running your own business, and they are just as valuable in a corporate environment if you want to work your way up the ladder.

If you have found that you struggle with managing and motivating others effectively, there are several books out there that can help you. Read through them to get valuable advice from experts who can help you hone your skills and become the manager you have always wanted to be. Below are five such books that you can look into today to get started.

“First, Break All the Rules: What the World's Greatest Managers Do Differently”

This book, written by Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman, provides the results of a huge study that looked at the various ways that managers across diverse situations ran their businesses and dealt with their employees. From managers that ran small start-ups to those running Fortune 500 companies, the results are all found in this book, which always goes back to the one thing that all of these different managers had in common: they were not afraid to manage by their own set of rules. Read up on how these managers did things differently yet were able to become extremely successful at their jobs.

“In Search of Excellence“

Written by Tom Peters and Robert H. Waterman Jr., this book is one of the most well-known of all the books out there related to business, and it is widely used by business managers in the field as well as business professors teaching courses in college. The best-selling book was published in 2004 and has become a household name among business leaders. It analyzes 43 of the country’s best companies in order to provide information on the eight basic principles of management, which include how to motivate staff and generate more profits.

“How to Win Friends and Influence People”

This immensely popular book was published in 1936, yet its advice is time-tested and is still sought after by the best businesspeople in today’s business world. Dale Carnegie put together all of the information that any manager would need in an easy to read and easy to understand format. The book discusses methods that you can use to get people to think the way you think, and provides advice on how to properly handle people around you. It also details how you can make people like you, and how you can go about changing people without making them resent you for it.

“The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership”

In this book, John C. Maxwell provides advice based upon the insight into the world of business that he gained over the thirty-plus years that he was working in leadership positions. Because he has had his fair share of successes and failures, he is able to tell you how to effectively manage and lead others.

John McAdams is a freelance writer who holds a degree in business administration. He knows how hard it is to lead others effectively, so he has taken advice from others in the field who have been successful. If you are interested in educating yourself further on organizational leadership, have a peek here.

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