The Best Leadership Books for New Managers

The 4 best books for new managers

Radical Candor by Kim Scott: This book focuses on a leadership philosophy of caring personally while challenging directly. It walks you through a variety of leadership scenarios and is packed with examples from Scott's career. Scott led teams at Google and Apple, then became CEO and co-founder of her own startup.

The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz: One of my all-time favorites. Instead of providing management tips, Horowitz explains everything that went wrong at his company and how he addressed it. It's honest, to the point, and shows leaders how to act when everything is on fire. Horowitz is an entrepreneur, investor, and co-founder of his own VC firm, Andreessen Horowitz.

Joy Inc by Richard Sheridan: Sheridan discusses climbing the corporate ladder and ending up burnt out and unhappy. He then pivots to starting his own company with an unconventional approach to roles, processes, and company culture. His team has gotten so well known for their process that they now host other companies and teach workshops on how to implement this process. This is particularly interesting if you want to learn how, why, and when to drive process change in your organization.

The One Minute Manager by Ken Blanchard and Spencer Johnson: Quick read and geared towards new managers. It's so short that you can easily get through the audio book in a day. The authors discuss 3 keys to meet and exceed goals, have more time, and empower your team to be more effective and fulfilled. This book has stood the test of time for 30+ years and has recently been updated to reflect today's world.