Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Books Every Manager Should Read - Part One

I've been asked to provide a list of books that I'd recommend for managers. As this rolls out in 10-book increments, you'll find an eclectic assortment that blends management books with histories, biographies, a play and some novels.
  1. The Effective Executive by Peter Drucker
  2. Leaders by Warren Bennis and Burt Nanus
  3. Thinking About Management by Theodore Levitt
  4. Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl
  5. Wooden On Leadership by John Wooden and Steve Jameson
  6. Management of the Absurd by Richard Farson
  7. Parkinson's Law by C. Northcote Parkinson
  8. Instant MBA by Nicholas Bate
  9. Commander in Chief by Eric Larrabee
  10. In Search of Excellence by Tom Peters and Robert Waterman


Dan in Philly said...

I'll que these up on my nook as you post.

Richard (Rick) Georges said...

The most important book about management, or about business and success in general, that I ever read was "How to Win Friends and Influence People", by Dale Carnegie. Not a day goes by that I don't think about that book in my interactions with clients, colleagues or complete strangers. Something as simple as talking to another person about what THEY are interested in does wonders.

Michael Wade said...


Thanks for getting this rolling!


That book will be on one of my subsequent posts. You're right. It is very helpful.


Gregory Engel said...

The folks behind ChangeThis and The 100 Best Business Books of All Time have a new companion resource: 5-4-3. I've read perhaps 25% of those 100 best books. But then I don't necessarily agree with the list. Such lists depend on personal interests and professional context.

Michael Wade said...


Thanks for the links. I apologize for the delayed response.


Slavistix Translation Services said...

I only read Bate, but I am going to add some others to my E-Reader. Was searching for this kind of literature.