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Leadership and management skills are needed in organisations in order to accomplish their goals. Management is often described as the process that keeps organisations running, while leadership is the task of inspiring and motivating employees. Key dimensions in successful leaders include the ability to create a vision, thinking strategically, building influential internal and external networks, the courage to make tough decisions, and others.  

Learn more on how to be one by reading some of the best leadership books as recommended below.

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The authors of this book “Beyond Great” after distilling the study of hundreds of companies and interviews with dozens of business leaders came out with nine core strategies for  winning in the 21st century in with these book chapters:

Chapter 1: Do Good, Grow Beyond.
Chapter 2: Stream it, Don’t Ship it.
Chapter 3: Refine your global game
Chapter 4: Engineer an Ecosystem 
Chapter 5: Flex how you make it.
Chapter 6: Let the Data Run Through It
Chapter 7: Get Focused, Fast and Flat
Chapter 8: Thrive with Talent Chapter 9: Embrace Always-on Transformation.

This insightful and useful book provides leaders with a new set of strategies and rules about what it takes to bring their organization global and go beyond great.

The Fearless Organization offers practical guidance for teams and organizations who are serious about success. While it’s is great to have and retain quality talent – what good does this talent do if no one is able to speak their mind?

  • Explore the link between psychological safety and high performance
  • Create a culture where it’s “safe” to express ideas, ask questions, and admit mistakes
  • Follow a step-by-step framework for establishing psychological safety in your team or organization.

The Fearless Organization helps you bring about this important and  most critical transformation.

The Leadership Odyssey: From Darkness to Light is a useful book on becoming an effective leader. It shares insights on toxic and virtuous leaders. Case studies, coupled with interviews with senior business leaders will greatly help enhance your understanding of what leadership is and how it is practised. 

The book strongly brings out that it is possible to become a virtuous leader, only by integrating the physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual aspects, which constitute the core elements of leadership.

Overall, a good book to read on becoming a virtuous leader.

The authors in this handbook distill proven ideas and frameworks about leadership from Harvard Business Review, interviews with senior executives, and their own experience in the field–all to help rising leaders stand out and have a big impact.
In the HBR Leader’s Handbook you’ll find:

  • Concise explanations of proven leadership frameworks
  • In-depth case studies of senior leaders
  • Step-by-step guidance to help you understand and start implementing six core leadership practices: building a unifying vision, developing a strategy, getting great people on board, focusing on results, innovating for the future, and leading yourself.

In Leading Matters, Chairman of Alphabet, John L. Hennessy shares the core elements of leadership that helped him become a successful tech entrepreneur, esteemed academic, and venerated administrator.
Each chapter in Leading Matters looks at valuable elements that have shaped Hennessy’s career in practice and philosophy. Chapter topics include Humility, Authenticity and Trust, Leadership as Service, Empathy, Courage, Collaboration, Innovation, Intellectual Curiosity, Storytelling, and Legacy.
This book is essential reading for those tasked with leading any complex enterprise in the academic, not-for-profit, or for-profit sector.

Charles A. O’Reilly III and Michael L. Tushman  explain how shrewd organizations have used an ambidextrous approach to solve their own innovator’s dilemma.
Drawing on a vast research program and over a decade of helping companies to innovate, the authors present a set of practices to guide firms as they adopt ambidexterity. Top-down and bottom-up leaders are key to this process. Readers will come away with a new understanding of how to improve their existing businesses through efficiency, control, and incremental change, while also seizing new markets where flexibility, autonomy, and experimentation rule the day.
This is a important book for leaders who wish to disrupt and bring success for their organizations.

Legendary Silicon Valley visionary and one of the world’s greatest business leaders, John Chambers shares the playbook and philosophy that transformed Cisco into a global tech titan and now inspire a new generation of leaders.

He’s outlasted and outmaneuvered practically every rival that ever tried to take Cisco on-Nortel, Lucent, Alcatel, IBM, Dell, and Hewlett-Packard, to name a few-and turned more than 10,000 employees into millionaires, more than any company in history. In collaboration with award-winning journalist Diane Brady, Chambers shares the stories and strategies that helped his company win again and again through multiple market shifts. 

Are you a future-ready leader?  This book on the future of leadership shares exclusive insights from the world’s top CEOs on this topic.  After reading it, you will: 

  • Learn the greatest trends impacting the future of leadership and their implications
  • Understand the top skills and mindsets that leaders of the future will need to possess and how to learn them
  • Change your perception of who a leader is and what leadership means
  • Tackle the greatest challenges that leaders of the future will face
  • Become a future-ready leader

This is the book that you, your team, and your organization must to read in order to lead in the future of work.

We are faced with challenges everyday. Instead of looking at problems author Dr. Rick Goodman book “The Solutions Oriented Leader” will be a great read for transforming your leadership approach. The book will lead you through the everyday challenges of the modern workplace while providing you with easy-to-implement solutions to achieve world-class results!

The Solutions Oriented Leader shows you how to:

  • Implement transformational leadership tools to help you achieve balance in business and your life
  • Utilize communication systems that increase employee engagement and workflow
  • Develop a positive attitude that motivates your team and increases retention
  • Handle conflict and manage workplace burnout

Coaching and mentoring has gain much attention in Asia-Pacific region over the recent years. “Coaching and Mentoring in the Asia Pacific” is the first book to put coaching and mentoring into an Asia Pacific context – exploring the challenges, benefits, approaches and practices. 

The authors has provided content that highlights how organizations in the Asia Pacific Region can make effective use coaching and mentoring in cost-effective, culturally relevant ways. Overall a useful book for leaders, coaches and any practitioners planning to work on coaching and mentoring in the Asia Pacific.

Every leader can and must develop this most important of all management skills – how to handle people issues. 
The Power of People Skills by Trevor Throness will teach you that there’s one primary difference between a great culture and a poor one: a great culture insists on having star players in every key seat, and a poor culture tolerates under performers. In this powerful book, you will learn how to:

  • Make the people decisions that can double your results, relieve your stress, and cause team morale to soar.
  • Attract and retain the very best talent.
  • Deal with difficult people problems in an objective and kind way.
  • Overcome the reluctance we all share to confront under performers.

Author Michael C Bush and the Great Place to Work Research Team has distilled the what makes “A Great Place to Work for All”.
Today’s business climate is defined by speed, social technologies, and people’s expectations of “values” besides value. As a result, leaders have to create an outstanding culture for all, no matter who they are or what they do for the organization. Through inspiring stories and compelling research, the authors demonstrate that great places to work for all benefit the individuals working there and contribute to a better global society. Read about their six elements of a ‘Great Place to Work For All’ model – leadership effectiveness, values, trust, maximising human potential, innovation and growth.


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