New manager here. Looking for suggestions on any books anyone may have read on being an effective/good leader.

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I think the most valuable books (while not directly leadership related) would be ones on self management and stress reduction (how to stop worrying and start living, eat that frog, the 4 hour workweek, how to win friends and influence people, nice girls don’t get the corner office [even if you’re male it’s a great one]).

Reason I say this is because if you can manage your stress (and thus not take it out on your staff), get better at project management (which translates to not making teams scramble at the last minute, always having clear expectations set for team members, etc) and take a genuine interest in your teams while being approachable, that makes for the best leaders. People will look up to you as a leader if you demonstrate these traits - if it seems like you have it all figured out and are actually happy, while treating your teams with respect, that’s someone that is a leader in my eyes

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This makes a lot of sense. I appreciate your input

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