7 New Leadership Books for January and February 2011

Looking for new business books on leadership? Here are the latest new leadership business book releases for January and February 2011.

Below are the latest book releases on Amazon with their respective product descriptions. These titles are timely for individuals, who are managing their career, becoming a new boss, or transforming their company’s culture.

1. Being the Boss

You never dreamed being the boss would be so hard. You’re caught in a web of conflicting expectations from subordinates, your supervisor, peers, and customers.

You’re not alone. As Linda Hill and Kent Lineback reveal in Being the Boss, becoming an effective manager is a painful, difficult journey. It’s trial and error, endless effort, and slowly acquired personal insight. Many managers never complete the journey. At best, they just learn to get by. At worst, they become terrible bosses. This new book explains how to avoid that fate, by mastering three imperatives:

  • Manage yourself: Learn that management isn’t about getting things done yourself. It’s about accomplishing things through others.
  • Manage a network: Understand how power and influence work in your organization and build a network of mutually beneficial relationships to navigate your company’s complex political environment.
  • Manage a team: Forge a high-performing “we” out of all the “I”s who report to you.

2. 6 Habits of Highly Successful Managers

6 Habits of Highly Successful Managers gives business owners and managers what they so desperately need: a clear, focused, laser-sharp tactical manual of what they need to know right now to make their organization a success.

The authors’ presentation of their six commonsense habits creates a systematic framework useful to managers, entrepreneurs, and executives, providing them with:

  • Clear hard-hitting content that is easy to understand
  • Numerous real-company anecdotes that bring the concepts to life
  • The building blocks, neither faddish nor outdated, of a successful business
  • A means of creating a company culture of achievement and accountability
  • Detailed guidance on how to execute the key concepts, with a focus on goals

3. Driving Excellence: Transform Your Organization’s Culture – And Achieve Revolutionary Results

Driving Excellence tells the inspiring story of one man who, with no formal business training, turned an entire industry on its head. Mark Aesch proves that we really can run government like a business, and provide value to taxpayers and shareholders alike.

When Aesch took over the Rochester Genesee Regional Transportation Authority in 2004, it was operating with a 27.7-million-dollar deficit, and was poised to raise fares, lay off employees, and slash service. Under Aesch’ s leadership, those deficits have been eradicated and replaced with multimillion-dollar surpluses; reliance on taxpayer subsidies has been reduced; demand for service has increased at rates three times the national average; and in an unprecedented move, the fare at the Authority’ s two largest subsidiaries were actually reduced.

In Driving Excellence, Aesch shows readers how to create a culture built around selflessness rather than ego, and get employees invested in saving the company. In describing the transition from an ailing business to one that enjoys stunning success— lower fares, multi-million surpluses, and the highest ridership and customer satisfaction levels in twenty years— Aesch offers powerful principles that any organization can implement to achieve exceptional results.

4. From Bud to Boss: Secrets to a Successful Transition to Remarkable Leadership

Practical advice for making the shift to your first leadership position.  The number of people who will become first-time supervisors will likely grow in the next 10 years, as Baby Boomers retire. Perhaps the most challenging leadership experience anyone will face isn’t one at the top, but their first promotion to leadership. They must deal with the change and uncertainty that comes with a new job, requiring new skills, and they’ve been promoted from peer to leader.

While the From Bud to Boss addresses the needs of any manager, supervisor, or leader, it pulls from the best leadership and management thinking, and puts the focus on the difficulties that new leaders experience.

  • Includes practical information for new managers who must supervise friends and former peers
  • Authors are expert consultants who work with leaders at all levels
  • Shows how to adopt the mindset of a leader, including: communicating change, giving feedback, coaching employees, leading productive teams, and achieving goals

This much-needed book can help new leaders get beyond the stress and fear to focus on becoming the most effective leader they can be-starting right now.

5. Managing the Unexpected: Resilient Performance in an Age of Uncertainty

Since the first edition of Managing the Unexpected was published in 2001, the unexpected has become a growing part of our everyday lives. The unexpected is often dramatic, as with hurricanes or terrorist attacks. But the unexpected can also come in more subtle forms, such as a small organizational lapse that leads to a major blunder, or an unexamined assumption that costs lives in a crisis. Why are some organizations better able than others to maintain function and structure in the face of unanticipated change?

Managing the Unexpected answer this question by pointing to high reliability organizations (HROs), such as emergency rooms in hospitals, flight operations of aircraft carriers, and firefighting units, as models to follow. These organizations have developed ways of acting and styles of learning that enable them to manage the unexpected better than other organizations. Thoroughly revised and updated, the second edition of the groundbreaking book Managing the Unexpected uses HROs as a template for any institution that wants to better organize for high reliability.

6. Unusually Excellent: The Necessary Nine Skills Required for the Practice of Great Leadership

Often, when leaders experience trouble, they look to blame an outside source or expect a small tweak to right their ship. But many times they’ve actually lost their grip on the very basic foundation of leadership. The business environment may change, but no management trend can displace the core laws, proven over centuries, of excellent leadership. Unusually Excellent is an essential resource for leaders that brings these fundamentals together in a new and comprehensive way. This book will help leaders at any level keep their focus on the bedrock principles that will make them extraordinary.

  • Thoroughly practical, day-to-day primer for achieving and maintaining their highest level of leadership, for today and for a lifetime
  • The author’s Harvard Business Review articles are among the most highly read in the magazine’s history
  • Written for all leaders who need to develop and renew their leadership skills

Using a sports analogy, the author breaks the work of leaders into three parts: pregame: a matter of character; game day: a matter of competence; and postgame: a matter of consequence.

7. Winning at Leadership: How to Become an Effective Leader

With heart, candor and wisdom, Sal Monastero here delivers invaluable guidance that parents, teachers, coaches, leaders, and managers at every level in all walks of life can apply to their own betterment and to the well-being and affirmation of their colleagues and teammates.” — David M. Darst, CFA Managing Director and Chief Investment Strategist Morgan Stanley Smith Barney

“Sal creates a compelling path to leadership excellence. His 37 years of field leadership experience provides readers with real-life stories of what to and what not to do as a leader. Sal’s personal experiences allow readers to significantly accelerate their own leadership journey.'” — Gerald Herbison, MSM, ChFC®, CASL®, CFP®, CLF® Director, CLF® Program Assistant Professor, Management Studies The American College

Many of us are not born natural leaders but most of us can develop leadership traits that allow us to successfully handle complex issues on a daily basis. In Winning at Leadership, a former Wall Street executive teaches both experienced and novice managers the communications skills, personal values, and problem-solving abilities he learned and implemented during the nearly four decades he effectively led an organization in a competitive and challenging marketplace.