04 Jul LEADERS ARE NOT BORN, BUT THEY ARE MADE… READING
Being the Head of a company or of a working team is always a challenge: it implicates responsibilities and advantages; for experienced managers it is not a problem, but the new ones have certainly many doubts. People who love their job know that being a leader does not only mean coordinating other’s work, but also inspiring their colleagues, inciting employees to do always the best and, above all, growing up with them.
The books we recommend you have exactly the purpose to give you good inputs for your personal growth and for the growth of people who work with you, to create a close team and a peaceful and stimulating working environment.
The perfect books for a young leader
- Creativity, Inc. by Ed Catmull (Sperling & Kupfer, 2014): it is the world – famous book of one of the co – founders of Pixar, together with the more popular Steve Jobs and John Lasseter. The story is interesting – it contains a lot of anecdotes and behind – the – scene stories about the film production company – but it is also “educational”, because reading of mistakes, brilliant deductions and obsessive search for quality, we will learn where to direct our activity.
- Working with emotional intelligence by Daniel Goleman (Rizzoli, 2000): one of the most read books about leadership. It teaches to use emotional intelligence not only in interpersonal relationships, but also in the working sphere: establishing productive relationships, letting the intuition go, being optimists, are all factors that we do not consider very often, but which implicate the healthiness of the workplace.
- How to win friends and influence people by Dale Carnegie, an American author of the early 1900s. In this book (Bompiani, 2013), which is a sort of handbook, Carnegie has recapped the basic techniques to relate profitably to other people. At this point, you may have guessed that creating good relationships is the first step to work at best. This book is ideal to analyze these things.
- Start with Why by Simon Sinek (FrancoAngeli, 2014): this name certainly rings a bell, everyone has watched his conference at TED 2010 – otherwise run to do it! The video is here. Sinek is an esteemed public speaker on the topic of leadership: reading his book you will discover a new way of doing business that will definitely inspire you.
- The biography of your role model: are you marketers? You must read Confessions of an advertising man by David Ogilvy (Lupetti, 1998). Are you launching a start up? You can’t not read Elon Musk’s biography (Tesla, SpaceX and the quest for a fantastic future by Ashlee Vance, Hoepli, 2017). As they say, to each their own: to acquire new perspectives nothing is better than being inspired by the giants of the sector in which we are moving the first steps.