2021 Winners Management Book of the Year

Explore our bookshelf must-haves with our 2021 shortlisted books. Get stuck into some of the best new management and leadership literature, guaranteed to inform and inspire you.

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Congratulations to the 2021 winner!

The Future Leader

Jacob Morgan - Wiley

Jacob is an author of four best-selling books , speaker, futurist and founder of FutureofWorkUniversity.com

We are thrilled to announce Jacob and The Future Leader as CMI’s Management Book of the Year Winner 2021.

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2021 Shortlisted Books

We are delighted to unveil the 2021 Management Book of the Year Shortlist; recognising the very best in new management and leadership literature.

The Future Leader

Jacob Morgan


Guy Lubitsh & Tami Lubitsh-White


Margaret Heffernan

Business Recoded

Peter Fisk

2021 Longlist of Books

Looking for inspiration? Discover our 2021 longlist of management books and add them to your bookshelf today.


Leading Without Authority

Keith Ferrazzi - Penguin Random House

The world of work is changing at an unprecedented rate leaving many organisations struggling to cope. At a time when constant innovation, agility, and speed often mean the difference between success and failure, we can no longer afford to waste time navigating the complex bureaucracy present in most companies. Drawing on a decade of research and over thirty years helping CEOs and senior leaders drive innovation and build high-performing teams Ferrazzi reveals how we can all transform our business and our relationships with the people around us.

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Frances Frei, Anne Morriss - Harvard Business Review Press

Leadership, at its core, is not about you. Real leadership is about how effective you are at making other people better—even when you are not there. Unleashed shows how the boldest, most effective leaders use a special combination of trust, love, and inclusion to create a space in which other people can excel, and provides practical, battle-tested tools to make these ideas come alive.

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The 3D Leader

Terrence Mauri - Pearson

The 3D Leader will provide you with a practical set of actions to lead faster, smarter and better in a VUCA (Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity) world, whatever the size or type of organisation. Use the Bold, Brave and Beyond mindsets in three easy and practical steps to help you lead faster, smarter and better by a factor of 10, not 10 per cent.

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The Future Leader

Jacob Morgan - Wiley

What are the top trends shaping the future of leadership? What are the greatest challenges that leaders must be prepared to overcome? What skills and mindsets must leaders of the future possess to be successful? Jacob Morgan interviewed over 140 CEOs from companies including Unilever, Mastercard, Oracle, Verizon, KPMG and Dominos. Morgan also partnered with Linkedin to survey almost 14,000 of its members around the globe to see how CEO insights align with employee perspectives.

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Katy Granville-Chapman and Emmie Bidston - Crown House Publishing

What exactly is it that good leaders do to enable their teams to succeed? How do they think? What do findings from neuroscience teach us about effective leadership?

Leader explores and answers these crucial questions.

In this wide-ranging book, Katy and Emmie eloquently combine up-to-date research in psychology and neuroscience with inspiring examples of success to show that leadership can be learned and that it is all about looking after your people.

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Sue Unerman, Kathryn Jacob, Mark Edwards - Bloomsbury Publishing

There's never been more discussion around diversity and inclusion in the workplace. From gender pay gaps and the #MeToo movement to Black Lives Matter, it seems that every organization has finally recognised that lasting change needs to happen.

Various studies show that the most successful and productive senior management teams are those which are truly diverse and eclectic. Yet there remains only 8 female CEOs of FTSE 100 boards, and only 10 BAME people working in leadership roles across companies in the FTSE 100.

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The Art of Being Indispensable at Work

Bruce Tulgan - Harvard Business Review Press

With working from home, flatter organizations, and far-flung virtual teams, getting things done is more complex than ever. But even amid the chaos there is always someone who seems indispensable, who is able to stay focused and get the right things done: Bruce Tulgan reveals the secrets of the go-to person.

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Guy Lubitsh and Tami Lubitsh-White - Pearson

Connection and the ability to connect with each other will help you take your communication skills to the next level.

Connect will help you understand what Connection is, what type of Connector you are, and give you a simple model to Connect better with others in an honest and meaningful way.

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Mental Health and Wellbeing in the Workplace

Gill Hasson and Donna Butler - Wiley

Mental health is one of the most important issues facing business today. So how can you improve wellbeing and strengthen mental health at work? In this comprehensive yet accessible book, authors Gill Hasson and Donna Butler provide expert guidance for embedding supportive, mentally-healthy practices within organisations.

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The 4 Greatest Coaching Conversations

Jerry Connor & Karim Hirani - John Murray Press

Based on data and insights from over 100k virtual and in-person coaching conversations conducted by the talented coaches of global coaching company, BTS Coach, comes the first book to take BTS Coach's evidence-based coaching process to a mass audience.

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Management and Leadership in 4th Industrial Revolution

Stephen Wyatt - Kogan Page

Management and Leadership in the 4th Industrial Revolution presents a framework for managing and winning in the new accelerated world of business, focusing on the key capabilities organizations now need to achieve competitively superior performance. Building on the 'dynamic capabilities' approach Stephen Wyatt shows how executives can assess the dynamic capacity of their organization - a leading indicator of future performance in comparison to their industry peers.

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Gary Hamel, Michele Zanini - Harvard Business Review Press

The unfortunate by-product of bureaucracy is the gap between sluggish organizations and the adaptable, creative, and passionate people within them. World-renowned business thinker Gary Hamel and expert Michele Zanini lay out a detailed blueprint for creating organizations that are fully human. Calculating the hidden costs of “bureausclerosis,” the authors share how companies can rid themselves of toxic bureaucratic beliefs.

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Fit to Compete

Michael Beer - Harvard Business Review Press

Is silence killing your strategy? In thirty years of working in corporations, Michael Beer has witnessed how organizational silence derails strategic objectives. In Fit to Compete, he presents an innovative and highly effective process for holding honest conversations to help leaders hear the truth about the sources of misalignment between their strategy and their organization.

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Business Recoded

Peter Fisk - Wiley

Business Recoded is for business leaders who seek to progress in today’s rapidly changing world, and to create the organisations that will thrive in tomorrow's world. It explores how to lead a better future, to reimagine your business, to reinvent markets, to energise your people. It describes how to combine profit with more purpose, intelligent technologies with creative people, radical innovation with sustainable impact.

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Grow the Pie

Alex Edmans - Cambridge University Press

What is a responsible business? Common wisdom is that it's one that sacrifices profit for social outcomes. But while it's crucial for companies to serve society, they also have a duty to generate profit for investors - savers, retirees, and pension funds. Based on the highest-quality evidence and real-life examples spanning industries and countries, Alex Edmans shows that it's not an either-or choice - companies can create both profit and social value.

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Where is My Office?

Chris Kane - Bloomsbury Publishing

In the modern age of remote working and flexible work hours, why have most office spaces remained relatively unchanged for decades? In Where is My Office?, Chris Kane draws upon his extensive knowledge and experience in commercial property to investigate the new-found significance of innovative corporate real estate thinking in the modern workplace.

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Alex Soojung-Kim Pang - Penguin Random House

In Shorter, bestselling author Alex Pang studies these trailblazing businesses where managers are reporting their teams to be:

- More creative in their problem solving
- Happier and with lower stress and anxiety and cases of burn out
- More productive

Pang will reveal step by step, how they have gone about making these changes, the challenges and solutions and, most importantly, how you can do the same

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Lead for the Planet

Rae André - University of Toronto Press

With melting ice caps in the Arctic causing catastrophic environmental issues, it’s hard to believe that we’ve had to spend so much time convincing each other that climate change is real. Lead for the Planet shifts the focus to how we, the members of Team Humanity, are going to organize to solve the twin issues of climate change and energy evolution. The book channels a broad range of social science perspectives, from anthropology to psychology to economics, to help decision-makers explore how Team Humanity can get this thing done.

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Fearless Innovation

Alex Goryachev - Wiley

Everyone agrees that successful innovation is critical to our survival, growth, and prosperity. It's the thing that every leader demands, yet many don't understand why they need it, or even what it is. So what is innovation, exactly, and how can leaders stop giving mere lip service to this crucial concept and start putting it into practice to achieve tangible results? Fearless Innovation lays out the principles and practices that will separate those who will perish from those who will thrive.

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Margaret Heffernan - Simon & Schuster UK

In her bold and invigorating new book, distinguished businesswoman and author Margaret Heffernan explores the people and organizations who aren’t daunted by uncertainty.

In complex environments, efficiency is a hazard not a help; being robust is the better, safer option. Drawing on a wide array of people and places, Margaret Heffernan looks at long-term projects developed over generations that could never have been planned the way that they have been run.

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