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6 Project Management Books to Improve Your Leadership Style

Companies do not invest a lot in project management training. Majority of the project managers out there have gained their expertise through experience, observation, intuition, and bare courage. In this article at PM Times, Toland Lawrence talks about 6 project management books to improve your leadership style.

The Project Management Must-Reads

Formal training and courses benefit you with a good pay package and the knowledge of some case studies and processes. The onus is on you to understand where those are best applicable. The books are written by veterans that have gone through the phases. Following are the project management books you should read to avoid making their mistakes:

  1. Andy Crowe’s “Alpha Project Manager”: After surveying 860 project managers that were best in their game, Crowe has some unusual tips to share. One of them is that the best project managers sent fewer emails and conducted meetings lesser. 4,398 clients, team members, and higher management authorities vouched for these manager’s management skills.
  2. Patrick Lencioni’s “The Five Dysfunctions of a Team”: Neither the strategies nor the expensive software, helps in the domain. It is people that you must focus on, says Lencioni. He points out the five common pitfalls a team faces by weaving a tale around a company in Silicon Valley. There are some powerful insights that you can use right away.
  3. The Project Management Institute’s “A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge”: A bible for Project Management Professional (PMP) aspirants, Project Management Institute upgrades this book with current standards of project management.
  4. David Allen’s “Getting Things Done”: Allen advises to turn your thoughts into tasks and break them in an organized manner to get work done faster. His Getting Things Done (GTD) approach frees up your mind from the tasks that are clogging your creativity. This activity also helps to improve your decision-making abilities.
  5. Terry Schmidt’s “Strategic Project Management Made Simple: Practical Tools for Leaders and Teams”: If you have troubles turning ideas and visions into actionable items, this book is perfect for you. Your project plan must answer four major aspects—goals and their purpose, success metrics, conditions, and required activities.
  6. Jim Collins’ “Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Other Don’t”: Collins and his team surveyed 28 companies before compiling this business book. Though not specific to project management, you can use the insights to improve your team performance from an organizational perspective.

Apart from the above-mentioned books, Lawrence lists some more at the end of the article. They are listed as below:

  • Todd Williams’ “Rescue the Problem Project: A Complete Guide to Identifying, Preventing, and Recovering from Project Failure”
  • Kory Kogan’s “Project Management for the Unofficial Project Manager”
  • Daniel K Pink’s “When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing”
  • Charles Duhigg’s “The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business”

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Indrani Roy

Indrani Roy is currently working as a Content Specialist for CAI Info India. She has knowledge in writing blogs, product descriptions, brand information, and coming up with new marketing concepts. Indrani has also transcribed, subtitled, edited, and proofread various Hollywood movies, TV series, documentaries, etc., and performed audio fidelity checks. She started her career by articulating a knowledge base for an IT client, and, eventually, went on to create user manuals and generate content for a software dashboard. Writing being one of her passions, reading books is naturally her favorite pastime. When not lost in the world of letters, she is a foodie, movie buff, and a theater critic.

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