Tech Leadership books library

If you want to be a good technology leader you have to be constantly learning. One of the best ways to learn is through reading good books.
Here is a list with some of the best books technology leaders can learn from. We have focused on books that teach management, leadership, and people skills.

The Art of Leadership: Small Things, Done Well by Michael LoppThis practical book reveals, what's most important for leadership is principled consistency. Time and again, small things done well build trust and respect within a team.

Managing Humans by Michael LoppRead hilarious stories with serious lessons that Michael Lopp extracts from his varied and sometimes bizarre experiences as a manager at Apple, Pinterest, Palantir, Netscape, Symantec, Slack, and Borland.

The Manager's Path: A Guide for Tech Leaders Navigating Growth and Change by Camille FournierThis book takes you through the stages of technical management, from mentoring interns to working with senior staff. You'll get actionable advice for approaching various management obstacles.

The Making of a Manager: What to Do When Everyone Looks to You by Julie ZhuoThe Making of a Manager is a modern field guide packed everyday examples and transformative insights such as - how to tell a great manager from an average manager, and many more.

High Output Management by Andy GroveThis book covers techniques for creating highly productive teams, demonstrating methods of motivation that lead to peak performance.

An Elegant Puzzle: Systems of Engineering Management by Will LarsonThe book shares lessons around the particular challenges of engineering management - from sizing teams to technical debt to succession planning and provides a path to the good solutions.

Resilient Management by Lara HoganThe book shares a recipe for supporting and leading a tech team. From developing your mentoring and coaching skills, to getting comfortable with having difficult conversations, to boosting trust among teammates while staying grounded.

Talking with Tech Leads by Pat KuaA book for Tech Leads, from Tech Leads. Discover how more than 35 Tech Leads find the delicate balance between the technical and non-technical worlds. Discover the challenges a Tech Lead faces and how to overcome them.

Becoming a Technical Leader: An Organic Problem-Solving Approach by Gerald M. WeinbergThis book is a personalized guide to developing the qualities that make a successful problem-solving leader. It emphasizes that we all contain the ingredients for leadership.

Building Great Software Engineering Teams: Recruiting, Hiring, and Managing Your Team from Startup to Success by Josh TylerThis book provides leaders industry-proven guidance and techniques for recruiting, and managing engineers in a fast-paced, competitive environment.

Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter by Liz WisemanMultipliers are leaders who use their intelligence to amplify the smarts and capabilities of the people around them. When they walk into a room, ideas flow, and problems get solved.

Radical Candor: Be a Kickass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity by Kim ScottThis book shows managers how to be successful while retaining their humanity, finding meaning in their job, and creating an environment where people both love their work and their colleagues.

Leading Snowflakes by Oren EllenbogenLeading Snowflakes offers you proven tools and practices for improving your management skills that you can implement – starting today.

Managing the Unmanageable: Rules, Tools, and Insights for Managing Software People and Teams by Mantle and LichtyA guide that will help you hire, motivate, and mentor a software development team that functions at the highest level.

Powerful: Building a Culture of Freedom and Responsibility by Patty McCordMcCord helped create the unique and high-performing culture at Netflix, where she was chief talent officer. In this book she shares what she learned there and elsewhere in Silicon Valley.

The Nature of Software Development by Ron JeffriesThis book leads you from the desire for value down to the specific activities that help good Agile projects deliver better software sooner, and at a lower cost.

Accelerate: Building and Scaling High-Performing Technology Organizations by Nicole Forsgren, Jez Humble and Gene KimReaders will discover how to measure the performance of their teams, and what capabilities they should invest in to drive higher performance.

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