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Top 5 Books on... Leading a Team

This December, we're sharing a top business book recommendation for each of the skills in Edfolio's Leadership Skills Matrix. This is the framework of skills which underpins our leadership and management training.

Our third theme is Leading a Team. This theme is broken down in to five key skills: Communication, Empowering Others, Managing Meetings, Decision Making and Project Management.

We recommend a business book for each one below.


Leadership is Language by L. David Marquet

Former US Navy captain L. David Marquet offers a framework for communicating that focuses on the right balance between deliberation and action. Well worth reading if you want to understand how to communicate in a way that maximises your team's potential and their contribution to the challenges you face.

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Empowering Others

Building the Best by John Eades

Eades focuses on the principles that help leaders contribute to peoples' long-term success and personal well-being. Building the Best provides 8 leadership principles and 16 key competencies you can apply to improve your leadership performance in a way that helps others succeed.

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Managing Meetings

The Surprising Science of Meetings by Steven Rogelberg

We all spend a lot of time in meetings, but how valuable are they to the work of the team? In this short but insightful book, Rogelberg draws on his experiences to share the proven practices and techniques that help managers and employees enhance the quality of their meetings.

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Decision Making

Decisive by Chip & Dan Heath

How rational is your decision-making at work? In Decisive, Chip and Dan Heath draw on decades of research to explain why we are frequently tripped up by powerful biases and wishful thinking when it comes to making decisions. This book serves as an invaluable guide to making better decisions.

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Project Management

HBR Guide to Project Management

Whether you're managing your first project or just want to feel more confident when in charge of a project, this guide from the team at Harvard Business Review will give you the tools and confidence you need to define smart goals, meet them, and capture lessons learned so future projects go even more smoothly.

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