Outside the video games, comic books and other geek-related stuff, I enjoy reading a good book every now and then. Surprisingly, most of the books I read are about professional development & growth. Here are five books that I have read that in the last few years that have provided excellent information that I have been able apply in my new position as IT Supervisor over the past few months.
- Radical Careering : 100 Truths to Jumpstart Your Job, Your Career, and Your Life by Sally Hogshead
- The Mentor Leader: Secrets to Building People and Teams That Win Consistently by Tony Dungy
- Being the Boss: The 3 Imperatives for Becoming a Great Leader by Linda A. Hill & Kent L. Lineback
- Weirdos in the Workplace: The New Normal--Thriving in the Age of the Individual by John Putzier
- The Geek Gap: Why Business And Technology Professionals Don't Understand Each Other And Why They Need Each Other to Survive by Bill Pfleging & Minda Zetlin
While these choices might not be the viewed as the "de facto standard" leadership books to read by many CEOs, CIOs, etc., I found them full of real world, practical information and strategies for making IT supervision/management/leadership a more successful and less stress-inducing process especially for someone new to the role.
I'm curious to what books other IT professionals have read that have helped them.