Several books on people management have hit the market in recent years.  This movement was driven by increased interest in the topic and the importance of this knowledge for companies, managers and employees. The problem is that not all books for managers offer quality or relevant and truthful information to improve the productivity of teams .

For this reason, in this article we will introduce you to the best management and leadership books, as well as other ways to learn about this subject.

What is People Management?

People management is the area responsible for organizing and creating strategies that can align the goals of employees and the company’s goals. In practice, the management sector uses a set of techniques to increase the engagement and productivity of the organization’s employees.  After all, it is impossible to expand the business without counting on the support and collaboration of a team in tune with the business purposes. For this, professionals working in this sector need to adopt strategic management methods.

 In this way, they are able to assess the deficiencies and potential of each employee to create plans that encourage the professional development of these employees.  Thus, they can deliver more results for the company and still improve their skills and, consequently, optimize their career plan. A good people manager also needs to have a humanistic view of the work team.

 That is, this professional needs to understand that the profession performed by the employee is not the only important aspect in his life. On the contrary, he has to deal with other aspects and limitations (social, psychological, educational, among others) during his day to day.  For this reason, they also need space and encouragement to invest in their own personal development and private life.

All these factors impact the productivity of the professional and must be taken into account for an efficient management of a work team. The problem is that balancing all these factors during the management process is a challenge. After all, the human being is a complex individual, which integrates a rational part and another, even stronger, emotional part. And it was in this scenario, which creates the need to search for information about human beings and their relationship with work, that books on people management became so popular.

 Why read books on people management?

Because books are excellent tools for accessing organized, detailed and practical content on people management.  In general, the authors of this type of book are experts in the field, who have accumulated a lot of knowledge and experience while managing teams and projects over the years. Now you may be wondering: Wouldn’t it be easier to take a course instead of reading a book?

 In that case, it wouldn’t be that easy.

First, it is important to remember that most authors of this type of book are not Brazilian.  Therefore, it would be very difficult to have access to a practical course, a mentorship or a master class with these professionals – unless you are willing to invest a lot of money in it.  There is still the problem that some of these authors have already passed away. Despite this, his works, work style and strategic way of dealing with people have repercussions to this day.

For this reason, it is still worth discovering and taking advantage of the advice of these experts. In this scenario, the easiest way to learn from subject matter experts is through reading.

What are the best books on people management?

If you have ever entered a bookstore or accessed an e-commerce to look for people management books, then you already know that there are many options available on the market. The problem is that this variety can lead you to waste time and money on books for people management that deliver little content or that are written by people who don’t have much experience in the area. With that in mind, we’ve prepared a list of the 9 best people management books.  That way, it will be much easier to invest in the right securities and learn from the top experts in this field. Many managers still believe that they only need to give feedback to the employee if a problem or error has been identified.

However, according to the author Eliana Pita , this thought is a mistake.

Therefore, in this book she shows how positive or negative feedback can be used by managers to encourage their team and encourage the development of their employees.

Nonviolent Communication – Techniques to Improve Personal and Professional Relationships — Marshall Rosenberg

Having the ability to maintain efficient communication with the people around you is essential for anyone looking to develop. For this, it is important to know how to maintain healthy and assertive dialogues and relationships. Many people find it difficult to communicate efficiently and assertively. However, not knowing how to use words to your advantage, especially in a world full of prejudices and conflicts of all kinds, is a big problem.

This is why the book “Nonviolent Communication” has become so popular. In this book, clinical psychologist Marshall Rosenberg teaches the reader how to create healthier interpersonal relationships based on mutual respect, compassion, and cooperation. In practice, he shares important knowledge to improve relationships inside and outside the company.

 Leadership Pipeline: Developing Leaders as a Competitive Differentiator — Ram Charan

Renowned finance consultant Ram Charan developed a methodology called the Leadership Pipeline .

This method consists of a personal and professional development program focused on developing leaders .

For the author, no one is born a leader, but everyone can develop the necessary skills to assume this role.

Based on this thought, Charan wrote this book in which he teaches the 6 fundamental steps to teach the path of leadership.

How to Win Friends and Influence People —Dale Carnegie

This book is considered a must-read classic for anyone who wants to improve their relationships and deal with difficult situations without offending people. First published in 1936, Dale Carnegie used his leadership experience and the knowledge he learned from living with illustrious figures of his time to teach the art of relationships.

 For this, the author presents techniques, instructions and tips to lead, convince, attract and deal with people.


How Google Works — Eric Shmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg

In this work, authors Eric and Jonathan collected stories about Google and studied what happens in the headquarters of this communication giant. Based on this information, they published this book that teaches how strategy, corporate culture, assertive decisions, hiring the right professionals, and the ability to adapt and innovate transformed Google into the company it is today.

Therefore, the book can inspire you to adopt similar practices as a manager and improve your team’s productivity and creativity.

 A new way of working — Laszlo Bock

Google was also used as the basis for writing this book. The author of this work, Laszlo Bock, was vice president of Team Operations at Google. Based on his experience, the author reveals details about the company’s recruitment and selection processes and about the tools for managing and evaluating employees. In addition, he explains how adopting the right work philosophy can retain talent and improve employee performance and satisfaction.