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The Everyday Leader's Summer Reading List

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Is your calendar this summer looking lighter than it has in months? Have you been unable to dedicate the time you would like to your professional development?  If so, now is the perfect time to invest in yourself and learn something new. To get you started, we've put together the following summer reading list of resources that can be read in 30 minutes or less. Enjoy!


The Case for Upskilling: How the Pandemic has Exposed Skill Gaps in the Workplace

Upskilling Summer Reading ListThe events of the last two years have accelerated existing trends, created new demands, and caused people and companies to reevaluate many aspects of work. These shifts have highlighted critical gaps in skills for both employees and leaders to deliver in this new environment. We take a deep dive into these changes and what lies ahead in this guide, written with Niagara Institute's content partner, Eagle's Flight.



Staff Meetings toolkit: Lead the meeting you've always wanted to attend

Staff Meetings Summer Reading ListJust because you have attended staff meetings that were unproductive, it doesn’t mean that’s the way it has to be. In fact, if you're in leadership, then you are in a unique position to host the kind of meetings that you always wanted to attend as an employee. To help you do exactly that, this toolkit contains an agenda template, ground rules examples, questions to ask, and a follow-up email template.



The Guide for First-Time Supervisors and managers

First Time Managers Summer Reading ListAre you a first-time manager or supervisor? On track for a promotion to management? You might even be the colleague or leader of someone who is at this stage in their career. If the answer is yes, then this guide is a must-read as it outlines the common mistakes first-time supervisors and managers make, the hard truths about leadership, and finally, the key leadership behaviors and skills that one needs to succeed.



The Step-by-Step Guide to Delegation

Delegation Summer Reading ListThere is never enough time in the day. If you’re a leader and have thought this before, rest assured that you are not alone. This begs the question: how can you be the best leader with a finite amount of time, energy, and resources? The answer is delegation. In this guide, you'll learn everything you need to know so you can delegate the right tasks to the right person at the right time.



Turning Around Demotivated Employees: A How-To Guide for Motivating Employees

Demotivated Summer Reading ListAre you struggling with motivating employees? Are you struggling to figure out what exactly you can do about it? If your answer is yes to these questions, then you need to dive into this guide on employee motivation. In its pages, you’ll find what the signs of demotivation are, the short and long-term effects, practical things you can do to turn around demotivated employees, and much more.



Constructive Feedback: A Manager’s Guide To Giving Feedback That People Actually Want

Constructive Feedback Summer Reading ListDespite the anxiety, stress, and unease those in leadership may feel about giving constructive feedback, employees today crave it. To help you navigate and overcome those feelings, check out this guide to learn how feedback contributes to the manager-employee relationship, how to avoid giving destructive feedback, and ways to navigate the reactions employees commonly have.




The Employee Experience in the Public Sector: 9 Practical Ways Team Leaders Can Have A Positive Impact

Public Sector Summer Reading ListThe employee experience is the entire journey an employee takes with your organization and the biggest influence on that experience is the employee’s direct supervisor. But how exactly can one shape a great employee experience while facing some of the public sector’s most pressing challenges? Find out in this guide, which provides practical takeaways and highly relevant tools to do just that.




With over 100 articles, infographics, templates, and guides, you can continue learning about all things leadership, communication, and business acumen long after the summer ends. Check out the Resources Hub to explore them all and be sure to subscribe while you're there if you want to stay up to date going forward.