C-Level Management Looking to Improve Their Performance
Being a great leader is a challenge for most managers. After all, who has time to lead when they are too busy putting out fires. What makes it even worse is that there are thousands of books for C=Level. Which claim to hold the secrets for C-Level leaders who are seeking to improve their performance.
As such, the quest to gain new knowledge is often too daunting to even begin. However, you shouldn’t despair as you don’t need to read every book. No Need to read on leadership, management, and business – just read the best books. This article will outline six of the best.
Jeff Boss – Managing the Mental Game
What sets this book apart is that the author, Jeff Boss, took many of the tools and techniques. That he learned while serving as a Navy SEAL and adjusted them for success in business. This will give you a toolkit you need to adjust to the ever-changing situations we run across in the business world.
The book is more than just a guideline for executive coaching as it includes several exercises on how to remain clear headed while you are surrounded by chaos. In doing so, you learn the tricks needed to focus on the job at hand without succumbing to external pressures.
Simon Sinek – Start with Why
While this book has been around for a while, many people still don’t get it. The premise is simple, buyers are more focused why you do something rather than what or how you do it.
What Simon Sinek is talking about is the process to craft a story around you brand which connects with customers while separating you from the competition. The book is easy to read and approachable. One of the central questions of the book is why are some organizations more innovative than their competitors. In finding out the answer you will gain several insights on how you can inspire action within your organization.
Bob Burg and John David Mann – The Go-Giver Leader
Leaders are made, not born. In fact, the best leaders don’t act like leaders at all. Instead, they inspire a belief amongst their teams which makes the whole better than the sum of its parts.
This is the central premise of the Go-Giver Leader as Burg and Mann provide insight into how a young executive helped a company in trouble by helping to support the entire team. The lessons learned will not only help you to inspire your team but will also make you more satisfied as well.
Jack and Suzy Welch – Winning
While this book was first published in 2005, the lessons contained within are just as relevant today as they were 12-years-ago. This book may well be the quintessential guide to strategy consulting – which is somewhat ironic as Welch notes in the book that he sees little value in using consultants.
The book includes invaluable lessons on leadership, hiring, crisis management, growth, and even how to manage your career. Even if you have read Winning before, you should continue to revisit it from time-to-time.
Mark McCormack – What They Don’t Teach You at Harvard Business School
Now if you are a member of the Harvard fraternity, then you might find this book to be sacrilegious. However, McCormack proves that you don’t need to spend $100,000 or more on a Harvard MBA to become a great leader.
One of the key takeaways from this book is the concept of ‘applied people sense’. This is the ability to read people and get a sense for what makes them tick. Such advice will help anyone who is involved in sales, negotiation, or time management – which is just about every executive.
Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner – Freakonomics
Some will argue that this is the book which brought behavioral economics to the forefront. Freakonomics is a journey which helps to shatter many previously conceived notions on how markets operate.
Through it, you will gain a deeper insight on what to look for when seeking to understand your customers and your competitors. The book takes on such off the wall topics as crack gangs, the truth about real estate agents, and even taboo topics such as looking at how supremacist groups attract members.
At its core, Freakonomics is about the incentives which drive people and markets and it is an invaluable read for any leader who is not willing to take the world at face value.