5 books every first-time manager should read to be awesome

Karthik / 08 Dec 2018

If you are a first-time manager, these are the books you must read to be good at your job. Curated from recommendations from first-timers managers.

Being a first-time manager can be hard on your mental health. There’s so many things to learn and do, but very little time. And worst of all, people are watching you. They are looking up to you to lead them the right way.

At UnderstandBetter, we help first-time managers go from being a good manager to being a great manager with the help of data. But that might not be enough. You need to pour in some knowledge with these books too.

These are the books that helps great managers handle their ‘first-time anxiety’.

HBR’s 10 must reads for new managers

HBR’s books are to the point and they jump right into the content without any fluff. This book is a perfect start for anyone handling people and would like to be great at it.

How to Win Friends and Influence People, by Dale Carnegie

This is one book that you cannot avoid. This is one of Warren Buffet’s favorite books and there’s no denying to it. Teaches you how to improve your interactions with other people, and keep them motivated without being a forceful leader.

Good to Great, by Jim Collins

This books is a part of HBR, and talks about how managers can go from being good to great with research backed data from companies that went from good to great.

Drive, by Daniel H. Pink

This book talks about creating a sense of autonomy, mastery and purpose in order to create a strong culture in the company, which is the responsibility of a great manager.

The best part comes in when the author brings in references from real-world scenarios from managers who went through this phase.

Act Like a Leader, Think Like a Leader, by Herminia Ibarra

If you want the actual reality and skip away all the advice that you get from managers around you, this is the book I recommend. Comes with a ton of unconventional ways to manage people and be a great leader in your organization.

We created UnderstandBetter to help managers go from good to great. Give it a try.