5 New Books for Forward-Thinking Leaders

August 27, 2019

5 New Books for Forward-Thinking Leaders

Today’s leaders must be masters of learning to stay on top of the changing business climate, new technology, shifting trends, and more. Learning helps facilitate new ways of connecting, collaborating, and being efficient. 

In this spirit of learning, here are five new and forthcoming books that will help you see the future of work, adapt your leadership practices, and build a better workplace. 

Architects of Intelligence: The Truth about AI from the People Building It
By Martin Ford

Using a series of interviews with the brightest minds in artificial intelligence (AI), Ford dives into AI and its effect on business, ethics, analytics, marketing, and the future of work. If you want a better understanding of AI within companies, the economy, and society, this book is for you. 

Investing in People: Financial Impact of Human Resource Initiatives
by Wayne Cascio, John Boudreau, and Alexis Fink

Organizational accountability has been realized in areas such as finance and technology, yet investments in people need the same evidence-based systems of evaluation. Learn how to link human capital and critical outcomes across the organization, including principles such as risk, return, and economies of scale. 

The Connector Manager: Why Some Leaders Build Exceptional Talent and Others Don’t
By Jaime Roca and Sari Wilde

Classifying leadership styles is a powerful way to understand and adjust leadership behavior. The authors suggest that the four types of leaders (teacher, cheerleader, always-on, and connector) are linked to employee and team performance. Based on research, data, interview, and case studies, Roca and Wilde show how you can be a more effective leader. 

Humanity Works: Merging Technologies and People for the Workforce of the Future
By Alexandra Levit

How do you harness soft skills in creativity, problem solving, and interpersonal sensitivity to create competitive advantage? Levit not only explains trends in the future of work but offers guidance on harnessing the human edge to create the agility and innovation needed to succeed right now. 

Brave New Work: Are Your Ready to Reinvent Your Organization?
By Aaron Dignan

Companies often face similar issues with siloed teams, decision-making bottlenecks, and lack of trust. Perhaps that’s because companies aren’t machines to be fixed, but complex human systems full of potential. Dignan shows how building trust, autonomy, and transparency will revolutionize your company’s operating system. 

The Authors: 

Deborah Stadtler is Managing Editor at HR People + Strategy.