Books every manager should read

There are a lot of books about leadership and team management. To help you choose the best we collect them in one place.

We think whoever manages the team should read them. Your can find here those more and less popular. Many of them should be read by everyone. We will add more items to the list.

A leader

  1. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Covey R. Stephen
  2. What Got You Here Won't Get You There: How successful people become even more successful – Marshall Goldsmith, Mark Reiter
  3. How to Win Friends and Influence People – Dale Carnegie
  4. The SPEED of Trust: The One Thing That Changes Everything – Stephen M. R. Covey
  5. Fat, 40 & Fired: The Year I Lost My Job and Got a Life – Nigel Marsh
  6. Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life’s Most Important Skill – Matthieu Ricard
  7. Man’s Search for Meaning – Viktor Frankl
  8. Screw It, Lets Do It! – Richard Branson


  1. The 8th HabitCovey R. Stephen
  2. Primal Leadership: Learning to Lead With Emotional Intelligence – Daniel Goleman, Richard Boyatzis, Annie McKee
  3. The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership: Follow Them and People Will Follow You – John C. Maxwell
  4. Jack Welch & The G.E. Way: Management Insights and Leadership Secrets of the Legendary CEO – Robert Slater
  5. Outliers – Malcolm Gladwell
  6. Start With Why – Simon Sinek
  7. Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us – Daniel Pink
  8. The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers – Ben Horowitz

Communication and feedback

  1. Non-violent Communication: A Language of Life: Life-Changing Tools for Healthy Relationships – Marshall B. Rosenberg, Deepak Chopra
  2. Radical Candor: Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity – Kim Scott
  3. Emotional IntelligenceDaniel Goleman
  4. Change Your Questions, Change Your Life: 7 Powerful Tools for Life and Work – Marilee Adams

Organizational culture and team

  1. The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable – Patrick M. Lencioni
  2. Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World – Gen. Stanley McChrystal, Tantum Collins, David Silverman, Chris Fussell
  3. The Customer Comes Second: Put Your People First and Watch 'em Kick Butt – Hal Rosenbluth, Diane McFerrin Peters
  4. Managing by Values: How to Put Your Values Into Action for Extraordinary Results – Ken Blanchard
  5. Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win – Jocko Willink, Leif Babin
  6. First, Break All The Rules: What The Worlds Greatest Managers Do Differently – Marcus Buckingham, Curt Coffman
  7. Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose – Tony Hsieh

Effetiveness and efficiency

  1. The Checklist Manifesto – Atul Gawande
  2. The Effective Executive: The Definitive Guide to Getting the Right Things Done – Peter F. Drucker
  3. Death by Meeting: A Leadership Fable...About Solving the Most Painful Problem in Business – Patrick Lencioni
  4. Making Ideas Happen: Overcoming the Obstacles Between Vision and Reality – Scott Belsky

Systems and strategy

  1. Let My People Go Surfing – Chouinard Yvon
  2. Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don't – Jim Collins
  3. Good Strategy/Bad Strategy: The Difference and Why it Matters – Richard P. Rumelt
  4. Leading Change – John P. Kotter


Feel free to share your conclusions from these books in the comments.

What books would you add to the list?

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