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Good Reads List


One of the ways to learn and grow is through reading, and this reading list aims to highlight relevant and interesting content to enrich personal professional development. If you've read an article that you find interesting and think would be a good addition, please email a review to us, and we may post it on the site! 

Buckingham, Marcus. "What Great Managers Do." Harvard Business Review Mar. 2005: 70-79. Print.

According to consultant and speaker on leadership and management practices Marcus Buckingham, average managers and great managers are differentiated by their ability to identify and utilize each employee’s unique strengths and skill sets. Where average managers might believe all employees have the same motivators and shape them to fit their assigned roles, great managers understand that there is diversity in contribution, needs, and learning styles, and adjust roles accordingly to maximize employee growth.

“Great managers know and value the unique abilities and even the eccentricities of their employees, and they learn how best to integrate them into a coordinated plan of attack,” Buckingham says.

What Great Managers Do” talks about finding an employee’s strengths, using triggers for said strengths, and tailoring managerial coaching to an employee’s learning style to encourage higher performance.

Harvard Business Review is a magazine that covers a wide range of topics related to general management in various industries, with a focus on areas such as leadership, organizational change, negotiation, strategy, operations, marketing, finance, and management. A copy of the magazine can be found in the Iwasaki Library

The Center for Creative Leadership's "Leading Effectively" E-Newsletter summarizes and delivers articles on leadership and management to practicing managers who face the daily challenges of leading. Monthly issues explore the best of CCL's ongoing research and training experiences with leaders from across the country and around the world. Each e-mail provides leadership articles that present a balanced view and cover the following topics: 

  • Tried and true "basics" of leadership; 

  • Leading-edge research and ideas; 

  • How real organizations apply leadership theories to improve performance; and

  • Perspectives from thought leaders both inside and outside CCL. 


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