The Best Books for Business Owners

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Good Boss, Bad Boss by Robert I. Sutton

There's a reason Stanford professor Robert Sutton uses the word "boss" instead of "manager" in his book's title. Sutton is fascinated by personal dynamics. He understands that managers don't just manage. They manage people. Consequently their effectiveness depends on how those people perceive and react to them. Good Boss: Bad Boss draws on a wealth of anecdotal experience and academic research to lay out what leaders and managers should be doing every day. But Sutton, author of The No Asshole Rule, is also a connoisseur of misbehavior. You'll enjoy all the stories of bullies and badgerers: the scuffmarks as opposed to the benchmarks, if you will. Read about what they do. Then do the opposite.
—Recommended by Leigh Buchanan