Most Recommended Books to Make You a Better Engineering Manager (updated 2022)

I asked over 125 leaders to recommend one book and why. The following books on leadership and management in engineering are the most highly recommended. Read these books if you wish to advance as an engineering manager. Check out the links to the interviews to learn more about the motivations behind each leader’s book recommendation.

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The Manager’s Path: A Guide for Tech Leaders Navigating Growth and Change by Camille Fournier

The Manager’s Path is a guide for tech leaders navigating growth and change. The book covers a range of topics, including how to manage teams and projects, foster a culture of innovation, and deal with difficult conversations.

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable by Patrick Lencioni

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable by Patrick Lencioni is about a team of executives struggling to function properly. The team is dysfunctional for five main reasons: lack of trust, fear of conflict, lack of commitment, lack of accountability, and inattention to results. The team must learn to trust each other, deal with conflict constructively, commit to decisions, hold each other accountable, and focus on results to be successful.

Radical Candor: Fully Revised & Updated Edition: Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity by Kim Scott

Radical Candor is a book about how to give feedback effectively.

High Output Management by Andy Grove

High Output Management is a management book by Andy Grove that was first published in 1983. The book is based on Grove’s experience as the CEO of Intel and discusses various topics related to management and leadership.

Turn the Ship Around!: A True Story of Turning Followers by L. David Marquet

Turn the Ship Around! is a book about leadership and how to create a more effective and engaged workforce. Marquet argues that the traditional hierarchical leadership model is outdated and that a more collaborative approach is needed to achieve success. He provides readers with practical tools and advice for making this shift in their own organizations.

This book is also featured in Leadership Lessons from the United States Navy Applicable to Engineering Leadership

🧑‍💼 See also, 10 Career Related Books for Software Engineering Individual Contributors

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