Leadership and Business Management Book:
Top Ten List
Many people think of business management and not so much about business leadership. Management skills and techniques are important, but leadership separates the mediocre from the massively successful. These are some of the best books ever written on the topics of leadership, time management, and business management.
#1) Lincoln on Leadership
by Donald T. Phillips
The author purports this project as a business management book. While taking a management seminar and reading a history of Lincoln during the war years – the author had an epiphany realizing the connection. The sections are divided into people, character, endeavor, and communication. The communications sections are unusually good.
#2) Martin Luther King, Jr on Leadership
by Donald T. Phillips
As a military fighter pilot, I'm a student and instructor of leadership skills. There are few better examples of leadership than Martin Luther King Jr. An easy to read and fascinating book. The famed Harvard psychologist Lawrence Kohlberg, who studied moral development, named King as one of the greatest moral thinkers in history. A great business management book.
#3) How to Get Control of Your Time and Your Life
by Alan Lakein
In line with the title of this business management book – it is one of the most “efficient” books I’ve ever read. Small cost – short read – and a rich reward. How hard is it to write short? To think smart? Lakein manages both and goes beyond simple productivity tips (though great ones abound). I review this book on a monthly basis.
#4) The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader
by John C. Maxwell
Of all the titles available, this is a great leadership and business management book. With less than 150 pages, it says more than most do in 500. The easy-flowing writing style creates an enjoyable reading experience which does not take an extensive amount of thought or time to comprehend. The end result is an accomplished, basic book served in a professional style.
#5) First, Break All the Rules: What the World's Greatest Managers Do Differently
by Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman
A great business management book – applying best practices over academic theory. After extensive research, Buckingham and Coffman summarize the twelve key factors in developing an awesome organization.
#6) Now, Discover Your Strengths
by Marcus Buckingham and Donald O. Clifton
Many people incorrectly believe the key to leadership and management success is through developing their weaknesses. This book aligns with our philosophy – work from your strengths and mitigate your weaknesses. Knowing your weaknesses is important, but work on developing your strengths. This book presents an interesting description of 34 personality traits and types of strengths. It then provides a great approach and accompanying on-line survey to help you identify yours.
#7) The Founding Fathers on Leadership
by Donald T. Phillips
Phillips shows how Washington, Franklin, Madison, and the other founding fathers conducted the Revolution-against all odds. How they set their goals, turned cowardice into courage, and forged a team that withstood British onslaughts, freezing weather, and a host of other obstacles. If you want to become a leader in business, community, or church – read this book! If you want to fall in love with your country and re-learn what it means to be an American – buy this book!
#8) Principle Centered Leadership
by Stephen R. Covey
From the best-selling author of The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. He applies the same framework to leadership in organizations. Similar in material, you’ll find a different angle and approach that is more rewarding the re-reading the first. Although border-line preachy – still a great business management book. Covey's approach helps you find the stable, guiding core amidst the mad tumble of the business world.
#9) Squirrel Inc: A Fable of Leadership through Storytelling
by Stephen Denning
It was refreshing to see someone remind us of the purpose and power of storytelling. A good story not only makes the point but also creates understanding and memory. The author creates and delivers a story in a clever way to help the reader understand storytelling, and for those not interested in squirrels - he provides helpful sidebars that summarize the text. This is an excellent guide for the right story at the right time and another great business management book.
#10) Swim with the Sharks Without Being Eaten Alive: Outsell, Outmanage, Outmotivate, and Outnegotiate Your Competition
by Harvey Mackay
A classic business management book and one of my personal favorites. Each lesson is less than two pages, so you won't need a shark's appetite to digest it. Includes practical strategies on motivation, dealing with people, managing a business, communication, and selling.
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