• Mariane Bekker

3 Essential Reads for Engineering Managers

Updated: Apr 27

Here are three books that will guide you on how to become an influential leader in your organization. You will learn how to best motivate your direct reports, work cross-functionally with other teams, manage-up and resolve conflicts.

The Manager's Path: A Guide for Tech Leaders Navigating Growth and Change

by Camille Fournier

Managing people is difficult no matter where you work. But in the tech industry, where management is also a technical discipline, the learning curve can be brutal—especially when there are few tools, texts, and frameworks to help you. In this practical guide, author Camille Fournier (tech lead turned CTO) takes you through each stage in the journey from engineer to technical manager.

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable by Patrick M. Lencioni

This is a leadership fable that is captivating and instructive. Through storytelling, you will be thrown into the fascinating and complex world of team building.

This book reveals the five dysfunctions which go to the very heart of why teams even the best ones-often struggle. You will learn actionable steps that can be used to overcome common hurdles and build a cohesive, effective team. The book is written as a compelling fable with a powerful yet deceptively simple message for all those who strive to be exceptional team leaders.

How To Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

How effective you are as a manager and leader will depend on your ability to influence others in ways that make them more productive, both individually and as a group.

This book will teach you how to influence people as a leader and has carried countless people up the ladder of success in their business and personal lives. You'll learn:

  • Six ways to make people like you

  • Twelve ways to win people to your way of thinking

  • Nine ways to change people without arousing resentment

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