What are the books every manager should read?
Every year we announce 10 more classic titles to create the ultimate management library, books which have stood the test of time and remain powerfully relevant today.
‘The classic management books are the ones that have had and continue to have a long-term impact on the way people think about and practice management,’ explains Thinkers50 co-founder Stuart Crainer. ‘They are the coping stones for modern management and remain essential reading for managers everywhere.’
As part of the selection process, Thinkers50 canvasses opinions from within the Thinkers50 community, garnering nominations from many of today’s most eminent business thinkers. Nominations are invited for books that influenced the way we think about and practice management, and which have left a lasting legacy that is still relevant today. The only rule was that participants are not allowed to nominate their own books.
‘The Best New Management Books are the ones that have the potential to change the way people think about and practice management,’ explains Thinkers50 co-founder Stuart Crainer. ‘They offer a fresh perspective on how organizations are managed.’
As part of the selection process, Thinkers50 seeks opinions from within the Thinkers50 community, gathering nominations from eminent business thinkers and practising managers.
Nominations are invited for books that excel in the 3Rs:
is it accessible, insightful, and inspiring?
The only rules for the 2023 Best New Management Booklist is that books have to have been published after January 2022 and participants are not allowed to nominate their own books.
The Management Classics Booklist is our curated collection of books which have stood the test of time and remain powerfully relevant today.
´Good to Great is the business book of business books. It is the magic recipe for any leader looking to 10x. It is filled with more timeless wisdom than any book on the market today. As Jim’s Chief of Staff, I had the opportunity to see first hand the power of these theories come to life with the world’s greatest leaders and most prolific companies. It is a masterpiece.´
´Written 2,500 years ago, The Art of War has inspired strategists in the military and in business — and continues to do so. It combines hard-headed competitive wisdom with inspiring advice; stealth and cunning plus timeless humanity. It isn’t the origin of strategy, but is one of its earliest and most practical manifestations.´
´The basic propositions that Edith Penrose put forth in her book The Theory of the Growth of the Firm were provocative and path breaking. That path has become crowded with scholars of firm behavior, some of whom have only the dimmest awareness that the ideas they are working with were first put forward by Penrose. Her insights, her arguments, still read fresh and right, and finally will get the attention they warrant.´