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The 68 Best Books for Human Resources Professionals

“What kind of books would you recommend for HR people?”

One of the largest HR groups in LinkedIn has responded to that question over the last two months with the following list of 68 books. It has become an impressive collection of HR textbooks (e.g. Armstrong, Dessler, Salaman), HR Gurus (e.g. Buckingham, Charan, Collins, Ulrich) but also new and novel approaches (e.g. Gafni, Hoffman, Schmidt) – enjoy the list and feel free to add your favorites!

Thanks to Dana Umblija who gave us the opportunity to generate  this remarkable collection.


A • B • C • D

  • Leadership and Self-Deception (Arbinger Institute)
  • Handbook of HR Management (Armstrong)
  • Career Distinction (Arruda)
  • Field Manual for Effective Leadership (Aslan)
  • The Consultant’s Calling (Bellman)
  • The Year Without Pants (Berkun)
  • The Empowered Manager (Block)
  • First Break All the Rules (Buckingham)
  • Now, Discover Your Strengths (Buckingham)
  • Instant Motivation (Burns)
  • How to Win Friends and Influence People (Carnegie)
  • Leadership Pipeline (Charan)
  • Execution (Bossidy / Charan)
  • What the CEO Wants You to Know (Charan)
  • When Things Fall Apart (Chodron)
  • The Customer Rules (Cockerell)
  • Good to Great (Collins)
  • Great by Choice (Collins)
  • The Coming Jobs War (Clifton)
  • Fundamentals of HR Management (Dessler)
E • F • G • H

  • The Performance Appraisal Tool Kit (Falcone)
  • The Entrepreneurz (Gafni)
  • Business at the Speed of Thought (Gates)
  • Emotional Intelligence (Goleman)
  • Give and Take (Grant)
  • The Shift (Gratton)
  • Masterful Coaching (Hargrove)
  • How Do You Motivate Employees (Herzberg)
  • Managing Talent in the Networked Age (Hoffman)
  • Commonsense Talent Management (Hunt)
  • Delivering Happiness (Hsieh)

I • J • K • L

  • Organizational Psychology (Jex / Britt)
  • Who Moved My Cheese (Johnson)
  • Love ‘Em or Lose ‘Em (Kaye / Jordan-Evans)
  • The Five Disfunctions of a Team (Lencioni)
  • Freakonomics (Levitt)

M • N • O • P

  • Orbiting the Giant Hairball (MacKenzie)
  • The Trusted Advisor (Maister)
  • The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership (Maxwell)
  • The Coaching Bible (McDermott)
  • Secrets to Winning at Office Politics (McIntyre)
  • Business Psychology (McKenna)
  • Brain Rules (Medina)
  • The Heart of Leadership (Miller)
  • Leader as Coach (Peterson / Hicks)
  • The Leadership Challenge (Posner)

Q • R • S • T

  • Quiet Leadership (Rock)
  • Strategic Human Resource Management (Salaman et al.)
  • How Google Works (Schmidt / Rosenberg)
  • Fierce Conversations (Scott)
  • Managing Employee Performance (Shields)
  • Clarity (Smart)
  • The HR Answer Book (Smith / Mazin)
  • The Art of War (Sun Tzu)
  • Work Psychology in Action (Sutton)
  • The No Asshole Rule (Sutton)
  • The High Quality Manager (Tack)

U • V • W • Z

  • HR Champions (Ulrich)
  • HR Competencies (Ulrich)
  • HR From the Outside In (Ulrich)
  • The HR Value Proposition (Ulrich)
  • People Analytics (Waber)
  • Reality-Based Leadership (Wakeman)
  • Reality-Based Rules of the Workplace (Wakeman)
  • Purpose Driven Life (Warren)
  • Winning (Welch)
  • The Chief HR Officer (Wright)
  • Evolved (Zimmermann)


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