This article was updated on October 28, 2015.
Despite a wealth of options out there, books – both paper and digital – are still one of the greatest resources for continuing your administrative professional education. Whether you want to be a better listener, better manage your time, or learn a new skill, reading about the subject can sharpen your knowledge of it and improve your skills.
However, with millions of titles out there, it’s difficult to know which ones are worth reading and which ones are better left on the shelf.
Time is a precious thing for any admin, even when it comes to continuing education. To help you make the most of yours, we’ve compiled a list of 30 books for admins – broken down by subject area – that are worthwhile reads.
Personal Growth & Development
- Crucial Conversations by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, & Al Switzler
- Your Belief Quotient by Dr. Lisa Van Allen
- Attitude Is Everything by Jeff Keller
- Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg
- The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
- The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness by Stephen R. Covey
Personality Type: Understanding Your Own & Others’
- Type Talk at Work by Otto Kroeger with Janet M. Thuesen & Hile Rutledge
- The Art of Speedreading People by Paul D. Tieger & Barbara Barron-Tieger
- The New Birth Order Book by Dr. Kevin Leman (If you’re a firstborn like I am, then I strongly recommend The Firstborn Advantage by Dr. Leman, too.)
- StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath (includes an assessment)
- StandOut by Marcus Buckingham (includes an assessment)
- Find Your Strongest Life by Marcus Buckingham
- The Innovative Admin by Julie Perrine
- Administrative Excellence by Erin O’Hara Meyer
- SuperCompetent by Laura Stack
- Become An Inner Circle Assistant by Joan Burge
- Be the Ultimate Assistant by Bonnie Low-Kramen
Personal Branding & Professional Appearance
- Make a Name For Yourself by Robin Fisher Roffer
- Career Distinction by William Arruda & Kirsten Dixson (includes an assessment)
- Oh No She Didn’t By Clinton Kelly
Productivity and Time Management
- Inbox Detox and the Habit of E-mail Excellence by Marsha Egan
- How to Be Organized In Spite of Yourself by Sunny Schlenger & Roberta Roesch
- The Exhaustion Cure by Laura Stack
- Leave the Office Earlier by Laura Stack
- Guerrilla Marketing for Job Hunters 3.0 by Jay Conrad Levinson & David Perry
- 1001 Ways to Take Initiative at Work by Bob Nelson
- Change Anything by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, David Maxfield, Ron McMillan, & Al Switzler
- The First 30 Days by Ariane de Bonvoisin
Reading is one of the best, fastest, easiest, and least expensive ways to grow professionally, improve your knowledge and skills, and become a better, more innovative admin. Take your pick of any of these titles, and curl up with a good book! It could just change your entire outlook, attitude, and career!
© 2015 Julie Perrine International, LLC
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