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.´
The Best New Management Booklist is a curated collection of notable and promising new releases — books that have the potential to change the way people think about and practice management.
´What a powerful read! By presenting Active Allyship in the context of theory, 7 behaviours with practical actions and thought-provoking personal stories, Dr. Poornima manages to demystify this important topic. It may not be comfortable but active allyship is a highly necessary journey to achieve an inclusive working environment that we all deserve to be part of.´
Wendy Smith and Marianne Lewis
´I can’t exaggerate the importance and the originality of this book. And that is NOT hyperbole. Both/And provides us with a novel and unspeakably powerful and instantly usable way to reframe almost any problem. The argument is flawless. The case studies are engaging and powerful. And every significant point is backed up by unassailable research.´
´Sweeping and intelligent, this book is an extraordinary contribution, deeply researched and penetratingly insightful. Céline Schillinger puts broad societal trends into historical perspective to explain the present moment. She explains what’s at stake for the world and why it’s urgent that we act now.´
– Amy Edmondson, Professor, Harvard Business School and best-selling author of The Fearless Organization and Teaming
´Diving deeply into what moves real people, not personas and archetypes, Collins gives us a look into cultural nuances we can use to make meaningful connections and drive action. This book is insightful, enlightening, and sure to challenge any preconceived notions about communicating with the world. Talk the talk, walk the walk, and always do it for the culture.´
´Head & Heart is the indispensable companion for every leader seeking to lead effectively in this era. In it, Kirstin shared with us her wisdom as well as very practical approaches and tools to help us master the key attributes of modern wholesome leadership.´
– Hubert Joly, Former CEO of Best Buy and author of The Heart of Business
– Dorie Clark, Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The Long Game
Rob Cross and Karen Dillon
´Cross and Dillon provide fresh insight into one of the most important topics of our time – why so many high performers are at risk of burnout in both their careers and their lives. Based on solid academic research, The Microstress Effect offers not only hope but also practical guidance for fending off microstress and living a rich, fulfilling life.´
– Susan David, #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author of Emotional Agility
´In The Tao of Alibaba, Wong gives us a management philosophy rooted in true purpose and meaning, qualities urgently needed today. The book shows leaders how they can steer their organization toward maximizing performance while at the same time having a real impact on the world around them.´
– Arianna Huffington, Founder and CEO, Thrive Global