3 Books to improve your leadership skills

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In the beginning of this year, I started to study about Leadership and Personalities Types. Actually, I felt completely in love with this theme when I started to have Project Leadership and Building High-Performing Teams classes at UC Berkeley. This subject always interested me a lot, and I believe that makes total sense for Project Managers dig into it. Since them, I read some good books about this theme, I want to recommend some of them if you’re crazy about it interested too.

# Strengths Finder 2.0

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The first book I read this year was StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath. My husband recommended this book to me, later on, the teacher of the leadership class I was having recommended it too. It’s totally worth it. If you’re planning to change your career path or just know more about your strengths I recommend it. Tom Rath says something really truthful that we often forget, sometimes we’re too focused working on our weakness that we forget to think about our strengths or even increase what we’re naturally good at it.

How this book works?

The book will give you a code, you’ll need to answer some questions online using this code (you can only use it once, so two people can not use the same code), and then you’ll have your result with your top 5 strengths. The book will guide you through this strengths and you’ll be able to learn more about it. The book also proposes some exercises to keep your strengths in mind. It’s a great exercise!

# The Five Dysfunctions of a Team

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The second book I read was The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable by Patrick Lencioni. The fable is about Kathryn Petersen, Decision Tech’s CEO, and the leadership crisis she’s facing on. The book’s around this five dysfunctions her team is suffering, and she helps them to identify and overcome it. Reading it I saw myself and others in similar situations and I understood how dangerous they’re and even the best ones often struggle with it. I was obsessed with this book. I finished it in a couple of days. I really wanted to know more about the history, learn how to fix the problems and see what’ll happen in the end.

What did I learn from this book?

I learned some actionable steps that I can use to identify and overcome these common hurdles to building a healthy, collaborative and effective teams. Another important lesson: absence of conflict can be a dangerous team problem, sometimes we need conflict (of course I mean healthy conflict) to fix problems and improve the process.

# Please Understand Me II: Temperament, Character, Intelligence

The third book I read this year about this theme was Please Understand Me II: Temperament, Character, Intelligence by Dr. David West Keirsey. Last year I did mypersonality test here based on Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and I also did the personality test based on Keirsey test here. This was a new world for me, I never heard about this kind of tests in the past and I really felt surprised by the results (it’s not like a horoscope, I swear). Keirsey believes that we have four different temperaments types who defines the facets of character that distinguish one from another and he studied about it during 20 years. This book has a questionnaire that identifies one’s basic temperament and then ranks one’s second, third, and fourth choices.

What Keirsey says?

“Members of families and institutions are OK, even though they are fundamentally different from each other, and that they would all do well to appreciate their differences and give up trying to change others into copies of themselves”.

These were my first recommendations if you really want to dig into it. I hope you liked it.

My name is Thaisa, I’m a Project/ Product Manager from Brazil and I’m based in San Francisco, US.

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