There is an old saying that “management is easy, except for the people.” While that statement may be amusing, it definitely contains an element of truth because there is an art to effective management. But sadly, many individuals don't understand how to be good managers, and more often than not, companies don't spend the time to train people to become good managers.
Just think, how often have you been asked or even spent the time to consider:
• How long have you been the manager of a team or department?
• How would you describe your management style?
• How many employees are you directly responsible for?
• What is most important for you to see in the employees that work for you?
• How do you measure the success of your employees?
• Do you mentor your employees?
A quote from “Becoming a Successful Manager” by Jack H. Grossman says it all, “Now you’ve earned your reward: a staff to manage. [But] from now on, your success no longer depends on just your technical abilities and specialized knowledge. You will only prosper if other people do their jobs well.”
Here are some great management books to assist you as you build your management skills and become an effective and inspiring manager!
First, Break All the Rules: What the World’s Greatest Managers Do Differently
By Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman
Now, Discover Your Strengths
By Marcus Buckingham and Donald O. Clifton
The First-Time Manager
By Loren B. Belker and Gary S. Topchik
What to Do When You Become the Boss: How New Managers Become Successful Managers
By Bob Selden
Becoming a Successful Manager: How to Make a Smooth Transition from Managing Yourself to Managing Others
By Jack H. Grossman and J. Robert Parkinson
The New Manager’s Handbook: 24 Lessons for Mastering Your New Role
By Morey Stettner
101 Biggest Mistakes Managers Make and How to Avoid Them
By Mary Albright and Clay Carr
By Henry Mintzberg
The No Complaining Rule: Positive Ways to Deal with Negativity at Work
By Jon Gordon
The Disney Way: Harnessing the Management Secrets of Disney in Your Company
By Bill Capodagli and Lynn Jackson
Lastly, if you would like to avoid new manager mistakes, check out this list of the top 10 common mistakes: http://bit.ly/df05Kk.
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