For those in positions of leadership, it pays to have the right skills, strategies and knowledge at your disposal. Not only will such attributes help you overcome new objectives and challenges, there’s often a knock-on effect with those on your team – with methods and approaches being passed down as a result.
If this is an area you’ve struggled with lately, especially in these locked-down times, then luckily there are all manner of books that are filled to the margins with tech-dedicated information that allows leaders to flourish both personally and professionally.
If you’re looking for some fresh insights and advice to take your leadership to the next level, then we’ve collected some selected works that touch on industry trends and challenges, opinions from thought leaders, and the lives of some of the most revered figures in the world of IT and tech leaders.
The Innovator’s Dilemma by Clayton Christensen
Even when it appears businesses are doing everything right, they can still lose out on valuable gains when it comes to market leadership. Often, this is due to established businesses being pushed aside by the innovations and disruptions of newer, more creative competitors.
In The Innovator’s Dilemma, Clayton Christensen details how this can occur to even the most well-managed companies, despite their best efforts. Through identifying the six steps key to the emergence of disruptive technologies and how much of a threat they can be, Christensen shows how incumbent businesses can ensure they won’t get left in the dust when up against innovative tech.
Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni
If your team has failed to see eye to eye on a number of occasions, then it might be worth cracking open Patrick Lencioni’s Five Dysfunctions of a Team. We all know how damaging it can be when a team can’t accept responsibility; the dips in morale, loss of trust and fear of conflict can wreak havoc throughout your workforce, no matter how big or small such teams are.
Providing aid to ailing organisational squads, Lencioni’s book shows how leaders can deal with and overcome these dysfunctions, enabling them to lead by example and inspire others on their team. If you’ve noticed unrest and negativity settling in amongst even your best employees, then it’s well worth giving this book a read.
The CTO/CIO Bible: The Mission Objectives, Strategies and Tactics Needed To Be a Super Successful CTO by Rorie Devine
With a resume that includes holding twenty interim and permanent CTO/CIO positions, overseeing three successful start-ups, and featuring on his share of industry magazine covers; Rorie Devine certainly knows a thing or two about leadership. In The CTO/CIO Bible, Devine puts his experience into words, detailing everything you need to know about becoming a successful CIO or CTO, with over 100 topics that can be applied to your work.
Written in an approachable, refreshing tone, it’s both informative and entertaining, breaking down some of the tougher topics into an easily digestible read. Tailored for the busy exec and lauded for its concise wisdom, if you’re looking for some Devine inspiration make this your next read.
Zero to One by Peter Thiel
Looking to build a business of your own? Let Peter Thiel’s Zero to One tell you how it’s done. The co-founder of PayPal and Panatir Technologies, as well as an investor in Facebook, Thiel is certainly someone who has success in spades, and this book is page after page of valuable information and lessons for those wanting to go solo.
Written for the innovators, Zero to One is a testament to the power of thinking for yourself, a book tailored to those willing to step out of their comfort zone in order to achieve greatness.
Instead of competing in an existing marketplace, Thiel argues that those looking to truly succeed should be able to do so free of competition. Why? Because their product or service is so new, innovative and unique there won’t be anyone else like them. One for those who love to dream big.
Women in Tech: Take Your Career to the Next Level with Practical Advice and Inspiring Stories by Tarah Wheeler
A stirring collection of accounts from some truly impressive women, Tarah Wheeler’s book gathers together words from CEOs, cybersecurity experts and professional hackers alike to show how the face of the tech world is changing as we know it. There’s some true game-changers included in the pages of Women in Tech, from cybersecurity expert Keren Elazari and Women 2.0 founder Angie Chang, whose words, insights and advice provide those looking to take the next step in their careers how to deal with the obstacles facing women in the industry and how they can unlock their potential.
Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek
Subtitled Why some teams pull together and others don’t, Sinek’s takes a look at the popular idea that organisations believe people to be their most valuable asset and whether this filters down towards those in positions of management. Is such a belief merely a theory, or do those leaders actually put it into practice?
Leaders Eat Last underpins the importance of working towards a common goal in a supportive team, and how such an approach is often far more successful than those taking the reins themselves for their own ends. A book for anyone looking to truly lead their team to greatness.
Disrupted: Ludicrous Misadventures in the Tech Start-Up Bubble by Dan Lyons
As humorous as it is shocking, Dan Lyons’ book takes a strange and savage look at what it’s like to live in the tech bubble. A former magazine writer toppled by redundancy, Lyons gave up reporting on the Silicon Valley to dive head first into the region himself.
The results? A powerful but damning look into the world of start-ups, a place where insane ideas often see huge investments, dysfunction abounds and many involved are just trying to make as much money as possible. Lyons’ book shows you how not to do it.
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