Or at least instantly get the ideas to help you improve them
People skills, like any other skill, need constant updating, evolving and upgrading. Books are a great way to up-level your people management and leadership skills, easily and effectively.
You can read a traditional paperback on your commute, listen to an audio book, or even read on your smartphone or laptop. I know it’s hard to fit in one more thing but reading great books can not only leave you feeling hopeful and inspired, it can be key to growing your arsenal of skills.
Here are my 3 top picks for books to improve and enhance your leadership skills:
1. Your Brain at Work by David Rock I had heard positive reviews, but it took some time for me to jump on the bandwagon and read David Rock’s hugely popular book on how to use
“Across 248 reviews from 28 companies, managers, whether male or female, gave female employees more negative feedback than they gave male employees. Second, 76 percent of the negative feedback given to women included some kind of personality criticism, such as comments that the woman was “abrasive,” “judgmental” or “strident.” Only 2 percent of men’s critical reviews included negative personality comments.”
-Except from Tara Mohr’s Article in the NYTimes
A recent article in the Sunday Review of the NYTimes quoted these startling statistics. The author’s take-away was that in light of this information, women need to learn how to absorb criticism without getting derailed.
That is true, however I can’t help but think that what’s really being called for in this situation, is awareness by both men and women that this inequality is happening. If personality is so crucial to success, why is everyone not held to
There is a theory called the “peter principle” that states that people get promoted to the job where they are the worst. And then they stay put. Which of course means many people have bosses who they believe are awful at their job. . .
This can be particularly noticeable when people are moving from individual contributor up the leadership ranks in their organization. People skills or “soft skills” are key to a leader’s growth and success. You may have all the technical know-how and academic understanding that your role demands but if you don’t have the capabilities of making people feel comfortable, motivated, inspired, you may need to roll up your sleeves and get to work.
Here are 5 signs that your people skills need sharpening up:
1. Your colleagues and coworkers are distinctly uncomfortable in your presence (or you’re not even sure how they feel
The road to hell is paved with good intentions — right???
Have you noticed that there hasn’t been a blog post for over a month? Hmm. . . me neither apparently.
I honestly believe we have a pact you and I, I produce a thoughtful, hopefully entertaining blog posts every 3 weeks and you read it when you have time. So when I realized I broke my end of the deal, I felt a bit ashamed.
I bet it’s happened to you too. You have all the best intentions to live up to every promise you make, but then push comes to shove — your dog needs emergency surgery, your kid gets the stomach flu, or an urgent project at work suddenly becomes your responsibility and everything else falls to the side. We’ve all been there. . . .
So why do we feel so guilty when it happens to