Leadership books to help you grow your management skills

This listing of four of the top leadership books will give any professional or student a leg up on becoming the best manager they can be.

Working in hospitality, or as a manager in any industry requires a number of skills. One of the most important is leadership. After all, a good leader can inspire his or her staff to accomplish more than anyone may think is possible.

Plus, Glassdoor.com reports that 84% of organizations anticipate a shortfall of leaders in the next five years, so developing these skills can put you in a good position to grow in your career.

Reading these and referring to them on a regular basis, could be an excellent way to help you become the leader your company needs.

First, Break All the Rules by Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman

This title is focused on breaking the old management “rules” that are regularly referenced by the old guard. You will find a number of tips on how to become a great manager by challenging these norms. The authors surveyed or reviewed over 80,000 managers to gain knowledge for this title, so you can trust that this is info to which you’ll be able to relate.

Start with Why by Simon Sinek

Start with Why is an inspirational book on how you can get your staff to take action by providing reasons for WHY you want people to do what you need them to do. The goal of this title is to help you become the manager you’ve always wanted it have.

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The Art of War by Sun Tzu

While this book was written centuries ago about political and war strategy, it has information that can benefit nearly anyone who leads. Nearly every manager they can find something in this book that will help them defeat their enemies--who may not be on the battlefield, but instead are in the organization.

The One Minute Manager by Kenneth Blanchard and Spencer Johnson

A well-known classic in the management field, this title explains the basics on how to manage people in a simple way. Tasks are broken down into “one minute chunks” -- essentially, it follows the old adage about “how do you eat an elephant?” “one bite at a time.”

While each of these books is different, they are all dedicated to helping you hone your management skills. As such, they all provide examples (both good and bad) on how to be the leader your company needs. Combine these skills with your education to help you become the very best you can be. Remember, every great manager needs knowledge in his or her field as well as leadership skills.

As Sun Tzu (author of the Art of War) once said:
Opportunities multiply as they are seized.


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