2017 Update: We still stand by this advice on how to become a better manager (and links have been updated below), but you may also want to check out our latest discussion on online women’s management training.
In the past, we’ve discussed various management books for women before, but readers recently discussed their favorites, so we thought we’d round them up, as well as some additional online resources for honing your skills. (We’ve also discussed dressing like a manager, imposter syndrome, delegating work, and whether you should be friends with staffers.)
|Becoming the Boss: New Rules for the Next Generation of Leaders by Lindsey Pollak (2014) — Written specifically for millennials, Pollak’s book “helps you identify your next professional move and shows you how to succeed once you get there.” Lois P. Frankel, author of Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office — a Corporette favorite — gave it a positive review.|
|Growing Great Employees: Turning Ordinary People into Extraordinary Performers by Erika Andersen (2006) — Andersen’s book emphasizes the importance of investing in people and taking care to manage them in the way they’d prefer to be managed, according to their personality types. A blurb claims that the guide will “help you create a dynamic workplace, where the efforts you make today will blossom into success for years to come.”|
|Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go: Career Conversations Employees Want by Beverly Kaye and Julie Winkle Giulioni (2012) — Kaye and Giulioni focus their advice on career development and having frequent conversations with your staff — “integrated seamlessly into the normal course of business” — to improve their performance and refine their goals.|
|Managing to Change the World: The Nonprofit Manager’s Guide to Getting Results by Alison Green (of Ask a Manager) and Jerry Hauser (2012) — Although the book was written for nonprofit managers, Green says “there’s little in here that I wouldn’t recommend to any manager in any sector.” Green and Hauser review goal-setting and accountability, effective delegation of tasks, staff hiring and retention, and more.|
|Winning: The Ultimate Business How-To Book by Jack Welch with Suzy Welch (2009) — This book, meant to be a kind of business bible, garnered positive blurbs by the likes of Warren Buffett and Bill Gates, and positive reviews as well; its starred review in Publishers Weekly stated, “It’s difficult to think of anyone in business who wouldn’t benefit from reading this savvy, engaging cubicle-to-boardroom guide to success.”|
|Work Happy: What Great Bosses Know by Jill Geisler (2012) — Geisler’s book promises to improve your leadership skills whether you’re an experienced manager or someone just starting to supervise others. The book aims to be “a workshop-in-a-book, designed to produce positive, immediate and lasting results.”|
Websites and Newsletters
- Harvard Business Review — the recently revamped website offers free and paid subscriptions
- Business Insider’s “Instant MBA” newsletter — free daily e-newsletter; the whole website is great for business advice
- Inc. magazine — probably about 1/3 of the content involves leadership; several free e-newsletters
- Fast Company — some content available online; may be easiest to sign up for a subscription; several free e-newsletters
- Little PINK Book — online magazine for professional women; free weekly e-newsletter
- The Glass Hammer — online community for women execs in financial services, law, and business; free weekly e-newsletter
- Lynda — leadership and management courses (offers four membership plans with tiered pricing)
- MIT OpenCourseWare — free access to course materials (lecture notes, etc.) for a number of MIT management courses
- The Open University (UK) — free courses on leadership and management
- Udemy — courses on leadership and other career topics, in a range of prices (some, but not many, are free)
- Women’s Leadership Coaching — Emerging Women Leaders Webinar Series ($188 for six new webinars a year with access to 40 previous ones); free monthly e-newsletter
What kinds of resources have helped YOU become a better manager?
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