Press release:


Saturday 16 February 2019

The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) has announced the four finalists for the 2019 Management Book of the Year.

The four books were judged by a panel of business leaders and academics and beat over 160 other entries to win their respective categories: Practical Manager, Aspiring Manager, Management Futures and Innovation. Each will now compete for the overall Management Book of the Year award, which will be announced at Kensington Palace on 15 May 2019.

The four winning category books and finalists for Management Book of the Year are:

  • The CEO Next Door - by Elena Botelho, Kim Powell & Tahl Raz, published by Penguin Random House
  • Myths of Leadership - by Jo Owen, published by Kogan Page
  • Factfulness - by Hans Rosling, Ola Rosling & Anna Rosling Rӧnnlund, published by Hodder & Stoughton
  • Make Elephants Fly - by Steven Hoffman, published by Little Brown Book Group

Launched in 2010, the CMI Management Book of the Year awards signposts managers and leaders to books that are breathing new life into management and leadership thinking. The competition is run in association with The British Library and is sponsored by Henley Business School.

Phil Spence, Chief Operating Officer at the British Library, Companion of CMI and one of the judges of the award said:

The British Library holds a world-class collection of business and management studies resources, which we make available to thousands of researchers every year, so we’re very aware of the importance of keeping track of the latest thinking. We’re delighted to continue our long association with the CMI with the shared aim of advancing knowledge of all aspects of business, management and leadership.

Phil Spence, Chief Operating Officer at the British Library

CMI’s CEO Ann Francke said:

Many congratulations to the four category winners, all of which provide valuable advice on how to manage and lead in changing times. At a time when trust and confidence in business and political leaders is in short supply, we need books like these to help drive up the quality of management and leadership.

 Ann Franke, CEO of the Chartered Management Institute


The category winners and finalists for management book of the year 2019:


The CEO Next Door, by Elena Botelho, Kim Powell & Tahl Raz, published by Penguin Random House

This thoroughly readable book is drawn from an exhaustive study of around 2,600 leaders and provides an in-depth assessment of the practical skill that future CEOs will require.

Judge: Paul Taylor CMgr FCMI, Independent Consultant



Myths of Leadership, by Jo Owen, published by Kogan Page

Amongst the hundreds of excellent books about leadership this one is particularly suited to early career leaders. Better to know and avoid the bad habits before they become habits!

 Judge: Dr. Stephen Ellis CMgr MCMI, Associate Dean, Faculty of Business and Management, Regent's University London



Factfulness, by Hans Rosling, Ola Rosling & Anna Rosling Rӧnnlund, published by Hodder & Stoughton

This is a hugely important topic and there cannot be enough attention drawn to our cognitive biases.

 Judge: Prof Karin S. Moser, PhD, SFHEA, FCMI, Professor of Organisational Behaviour, Director London Centre for Business and Entrepreneurship Research, Lead Digital Economy Research Group, Director of Research; Business School Executive Team, London South Bank University



Make Elephants Fly, by Steven Hoffman, published by Little Brown Book Group

This is a comprehensive, very readable book that examines both “tiny changes” as well as radical innovations – hence the intriguing title. It is full of practical ideas, tools, guidance, advice and insight, offering something to every manager and leader. I will definitely make use of this winning book.

 Judge: Philip Crisp CMgr FCMI CMC FIC, Founding Director, Development Professionals Ltd

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Henley Business School

Henley Business School is a triple-accredited business school and part of the University of Reading. With campuses, offices and partnerships around the world, over 7,000 students from more than 100 countries and over 75,000 alumni from 150 countries, we are a truly international institution. Our courses are enriched by up to date knowledge, research and commercial experience, and aimed at students and professionals at every stage of their career – from undergraduate through to postgraduate, PhD, MBA, DBA and executive education.

British Library

The British Library is the national library of the United Kingdom and one of the world’s greatest research libraries. The Library holds extensive collections relating to business and management studies. See our Business and Management portal for more.

The British Library Business & IP Centre, based at St Pancras in London, opened in March 2006 with the help of London Development Agency funding. Since then, it has welcomed over 750,000 people through the doors and helped create an average of 550 businesses and 1,200 jobs every year. The Business & IP Centre also provides entrepreneurs and SMEs across the UK with free access to databases, market research, journals, directories and reports worth hundreds of thousands of pounds through 14 National Network Centres.

About CMI

The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) is the only chartered professional body for management and leaderships, dedicated to improving managers' skills and growing the number of qualified managers.

Our professional management qualifications span GCSE to PhD equivalents, including the unique Chartered Manager award, which increases earning potential and improves workplace performance. We have been registered as an apprentice assessment organisation by the Skills Funding Agency.

CMI has led the way in developing a suite of trailblazing management apprenticeships with a 40-strong group of employers. These start from Level 3 (team leader) and Level 5 (operations manager) through to Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship. The Senior Leader Master's Degree Apprenticeship gives employers the option to upskill up to executive and C-suite level. CMI is a Skills Funding Agency-registered apprentice assessment organisation.

We provide employers and individual managers with access to the latest management thinking and with practical online support that helps them to embrace change, create high-performing teams and keep ahead of the curve.

With a member community of more than 157,000 managers and leaders, we promote high standards of ethical practice through our Professional Code of Conduct, and help managers to build their expertise through online networks, regional events and mentoring opportunities.