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The Eight Most Essential Books on Mastering Management

The Eight Most Essential Books on Mastering Management

Strong leadership and managerial skills are essential for success in any business. The right books can get you the right start as a manager and business leader. Any experienced leader or aspiring professional can learn from these eight excellent books to improve their leadership skills. If you want to master management successfully, you must read them all.

1. Jim Collins’ “Good to Great: Why Some Businesses Make the Leap...and Others Don’t”

“Good to Great” by Jim Collins is a must-read because it is a one-way ticket to mastering management. Collins explores all the essentials and thoughtful principles allowing businesses to perform at a higher level. He conducted a five-year investigation on successful businesses and understood their journey from good to great, hence the title. You can do the same, but you would have to read the books and master the secrets to become an excellent leader and manager.

2. Steven Covey’s “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People”

There is no better book than this 1989 business classic “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” because it provides a blueprint for personal and professional growth. There are tons of practical advice laden within the seven habits that will transform you into an effective leader and manager.

3. Patrick Lencioni’s “The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fairytale”

Patrick Lencioni brings us an interesting journey of a dysfunctional executive team in “The Five Dysfunctions of a Team.” The idea is to explain five key issues that prevent teams from functioning effectively. This exciting book offers insight and guidance for all executives wanting to develop high-performing teams. The emphasis is on the importance of accountability, trust, and a shared vision.

4. Eric Ries’s “The Lean Startup: How Modern Entrepreneurs Employ Constant Innovation to Build Radically Profitable Companies”

Not all businesses succeed when they start, but the ones that are lean can. This is where “The Lean Startup” by Eric Ries comes in because it exposes the secrets of the success of a “lean startup.” The ways to achieve this is by focusing on continuous improvement and customer-centric strategies.

5. John C. Maxwell’s “The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership: Obey Them and Others Will Follow You”

“The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership” by John C. Maxwell is an interesting treatise on putting some incredible business leadership principles into practice. The idea is to establish a personal leadership style. It then explains how to succeed by harnessing the traits of impactful leaders via real-life examples and actionable knowledge.

6. Simon Sinek’s book, “Start with Why: How Exceptional Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action”

Simon Sinek’s book “Start with Why: How Exceptional Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action” is an excellent read that asks the question of why but also before how and what. Essentially, the important part is to identify and share the business’s essential purpose, empowering leadership and management to cultivate an inspiring culture to be successful in the long term.

7. Kim Scott’s book “Radical Candor: Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity”

Kim Scott’s book “Radical Candor: Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity” is an excellent read for leaders and managers looking to nurture an environment of open communication. Development, and honesty. The magic word here is radical candor, and he feels that it is essential in “balancing between caring personally and directly challenging.” It is a useful paradigm for successful communication and feedback to nurture solid bonds and produce outstanding results.

8. Spencer Johnson and Kenneth Blanchard’s “The New One Minute Manager”

The legendary book “The One Minute Manager” by Kenneth Blanchard and Spencer Johnson is a recipe for success in management and leadership. It is simple and easy to understand and insights on effective management and leadership. The focus is on management and getting the best results. Management is no easy feat, but with the help of this book, you can master it effectively.

All of these eight books offer practical and valuable advice for all business professionals looking to succeed in their workplace or managing businesses. There is a lot one can learn, and all the tools and strategies are in these eight books. Read them all and see the difference they make in your professional lives.



Michael Stickler is a best-selling author and internationally sought-after speaker. His highly acclaimed work includes Cliven Bundy: American Terrorist Patriot, Journey to Generosity, and Life Without Reservation. His 19th book, Ghost Patriot is his first book in the political fiction genre, and it is quickly approaching best-seller status. When not traveling the world as an author/speaker, you might find Michael in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, or on a beach near Playa Del Carmen, Mexico, writing his next book. You can find out more about Michael at

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