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This article showcases our top picks for the Team Building Books For Employees. We reached out to industry leaders and experts who have contributed the suggestions within this article (they have been credited for their contributions below). We are keen to hear your feedback on all of our content and our comment section is a moderated space to express your thoughts and feelings related (or not) to this article This list is in no particular order.

The Collaborative Habit by Twyla Tharp

This product was recommended by Iryna from Simple

World-renowned American choreographer Twyla Tharp shares her experience of successful communication with people. Using a variety of examples from different fields, you will learn how to build relationships, work in different conditions and with different types of cooperation with partners, friends, organizations, avoid problems and benefit.A practical guide will be of interest to everyone who works in a team.

Mastering Collaboration by Gretchen Anderson

This product was recommended by Calvin Kim from Coverland

This book provide techniques and practical ideas for making efficient group decisions. It is suitable for both team members and team leaders.

The Catalyst Effect By Jerry Toomer

This product was recommended by Calvin Kim from Coverland

This book provide a practical guide on how team members can be creative and innovative. The whole idea of the book is how the best employees and leaders are the ones who makes everyone in the team feel better and do better.

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni

This product was recommended by Deepanshu Bedi from Exhalewell

I read this book a while back, and it has stuck with me ever since. It’s a story about a dysfunctional executive team that needs to change its ways if it wants to succeed. The CEO takes on this challenge and works through each stage of the Five Dysfunctions model to re-position her company for success. I thought this book was fascinating and relevant to today’s business environment. The book gives an inside look at what it’s like to lead a team in today’s world of work. It shows how difficult it can be to change the dynamics of work teams. We are a culture based on competition and individual success, which makes it challenging to change how people work together. However, if we want our companies to succeed in the long run, we need better teamwork and communication skills among employees at all levels within each organization.

High Output Management by Andrew S. Grove

This product was recommended by Kshitij Nigam from Cheefbotanicals

Highly productive teams require great team building skills. In this book by Andrew Grove, Silicon Valley legend, explains how to create highly motivated members of a team, and employees can find themselves in the book by finding and applying their own method of motivation while understanding what motivates others too.

The 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork by John C. Maxwell

This product was recommended by Mukesh Sharma from Byaj Book

This book is a collection of articles that are written by highly experienced leaders and managers, who have used their skills for years in order to build a successful team. The author will share with you the insights and experiences that he has gained over the years while working with teams. He will explain how you can use these laws to build better teams, and how you can apply them in your own team or organization.

You Are The Team by Michael G. Rogers

This product was recommended by Colin Palfrey from Crediful

The author of this book firmly believes that the basis of a great team is yourself, and to achieve the greatness that any team aspires to, you have to begin with yourself. In an incredibly easy-to-read way, he explains how to look inside yourself and find the elements that will drive your team on. Different chapters cover areas such as focusing on the team rather than the individual, accepting accountability, giving and receiving feedback, and bringing positive energy and empathy to the team. This is a relatively short book packed full of great tips and advice and it should be on every employee’s reading list.

We’re All in This Together by Mike Robbins

This product was recommended by Michael Bell from Manukora

If you want your team to succeed, I highly recommend your employees read “We’re All in This Together: Creating a Team Culture of High Performance, Trust, and Belonging” by Mike Robbins. He has over 20 years of experience working with top companies such as Google and Microsoft and has figured out that there are universal qualities that help teams thrive. Robbins believes in fostering an environment of psychological safety, inclusion, and belonging. He also believes it’s important to address conflict and learn how to navigate it. Lastly, he recommends maintaining a healthy balance of high expectations and empathy in order for your employees to thrive as a team.

The Best Team Wins by Adrian Gostick

This product was recommended by Sarah Beaumont from Indoor Home Garden

This book has been influential for my team because it explores how team-building activities can actually help identify and match those with similar working styles – which then makes the team more efficient overall! I also like how it emphasizes the importance of kindness and empathy when it comes to working well as a team. The more a team understands why others act the way they do, the more successful they will be at finding working solutions.

The Advantage by Patrick M. Lencioni

This product was recommended by Erin Zadoorian from Bubpop

In this book, the author compiles his extensive experience and many of the themes cultivated in his other best-selling books and delivers a first: a cohesive and comprehensive exploration of the unique advantage organizational health provides. In simple words, an organization is healthy when it is whole, consistent and complete, when its management, operations and culture are unified. It’s definitely a great read for anyone who wants to know what’s the real advantage of successful companies.

Team Building by W. Gibb Dyer Jr.

This product was recommended by Chris Kowalski from Autopadre

Because it’s an easy to digest, understand and implement set of essential team-building lessons that any, and every employee who is a part of the team needs to read and take to heart. It’ll teach you everything that you need to know about improving your personal and professional performance in the workplace and how you can exponentially increase your team’s chances of success.

Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell

This product was recommended by Radomir Novkovich from Saldo Apps

It’s very difficult to familiarize all the members of a large team before they start working with each other, so they are initually all strangers to each other. It’s a fertile ground for misunderstanding and potential conflicts in the long run. Give this book to your team members to help them out! It’s not that dull piece of corporate ethics lists. No. It’s an exciting story about relationships with lots of unexpectable historical examples. Your entire office will talk about it and learn a lot!

We’re All In This Together by M. Robbins

This product was recommended by Michael Chepurnyak from Ein-des-ein

Back in 2020, I was searching for good team building materials at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic when we had to adapt our communication processes to new reality. As a CEO of an app and web dev company with 50+ employees, I understood we might face some challenges but I am glad we managed to overcome them. “We’re All In This…” is the only book by M. Robbins I have read so far, but I can definitely recommend this one. It helped us to see opportunities for boosting our team’s performance, and improve decision-making while we were working remotely from home. Team leaders couldn’t create the optimal work environment and be responsible for it, some employees had kids at home so couldn’t be online all the time. We were able to avoid micromanagement in those cases, build trust and create a healthy environment in the work community, even the remote one. We have employees from around the world so there are relevant advice for building inclusive, multicultural teams too. I also found good advice on resolving conflict situations, but luckily we had only 2% of what was described here so we managed to quickly figure everything out 🙂

Build an A-Team by Whitney Johnson

This product was recommended by John Willis from Convertfree

This is an excellent book for employees looking to build their teams. Whitney Johnson crafted it very well by using her own examples allowing people to apply them to their everyday lives. This book describes how to build a great team and what you need to do to do so. There is also discussion in the book about what managers and team leaders can do to make their teams more effective. I hope this helps.

The Culture Code by Daniel Coyle

This product was recommended by David Bitton from DoorLoop

This book offers practical advice on how to develop one’s own character, that of their team, and that of their organization to create a positive workplace culture. Anyone looking to boost team cohesion should definitely consider reading it. The book stresses the need of prioritizing vulnerability because it is a crucial tool for fostering trust in all social interactions. It contends that vulnerability is necessary for people to act with integrity and honesty. By applying this approach, you can cultivate stronger relationships with your coworkers and improve team cohesion. You can establish stronger bonds with your team members by attempting to be vulnerable, especially after a mistake has been made.

Creating Effective Teams by Susan A. Wheelan

This product was recommended by Shaun Connell from Credit Building Tips

Creating Effective Teams: A Guide for Members and Leaders is a must read for anyone creating or who are already involved in a team. Whether at work, school or another organization that requires team building, this book can help to ensure both members and leaders know how to work effectively together. Forming, storming, norming, and performing are a big part of this book, as it helps team members to know their own responsibilities and how to make the best out of your situation. Team building is something that almost everyone has to go through at some point in their lives. This book will help you to better understand others and how to create strong relationships that make working together easier.

There is an I in Team by Michael McMillan

This product was recommended by Daniel Gray from Smarts Counter

This book remains a fantastic piece by Prof. Mark de Rond, which shows the power every individual has to make or break a team. The writer uses examples of athletic teams performing at high levels, motivating everyone to be their personal best. The main reason why I recommend this book is because it makes the crucial point that being a likable team player leads the team to victory than someone who is very competent but, at the same time, can’t fit in.

What Your Employees Need and Can’t Tell You by Melina Palmer

This product was recommended by Melina Palmer from The Brainy Business

This book is worthy of your list because it is the first book that really takes behavioral economics and makes it applicable to anyone so they can understand how their own brain works (and those on their teams) so people can become naturally better at change, stronger communicators, and more influential at work.

Stick Together by Jon Gordon

This product was recommended by David Walter from Electrician Mentor

This book ties together things like accountability, belief, hope, and consistency in terms of building a team. It entails the story of a high school basketball coach and you can certainly make comparisons to that situation and building a team. It’s a great read too.

Surrounded By Idiots by Thomas Erikson

This product was recommended by David Walter from Electrician Mentor

Although the title is a bit misleading this is a great read if you want to build a team. It talks about overcoming the obstacles surrounded by team building and how to overcome them. Plus it involves a lot of helpful self-reflection as well.

Teams That Work by Scott Tannenbaum

This product was recommended by Ben Earwicker from Virtual Mediation

In this book on cultivating effective teams, industrial/organizational psychologists Scott Tannenbaum and Eduardo Salas explore the seven critical factors that every team needs to succeed. From better communication and coordinating efforts to fostering individual strengths and expertise, Teams That Work offers a roadmap to success for any team. The concepts in this book seem basic and intuitive at first glance. But the authors base their seven drivers on groundbreaking psychological and social science research. The authors provide evidence-based pointers that will resonate with leaders and employees alike. That’s what makes this book invaluable: it offers practical, everyday advice that any team can implement immediately, but it also incorporates important behavioral and psychological research. Teams That Work seamlessly integrates current social science research into an approachable, user-friendly manual for teams.

Switch – How to Change Things When Change is Hard by Chip and Dan Heath

This product was recommended by Dan Belcher from Mortgage Relief

Change is inevitable and successful teams know how to prepare for these circumstances. Change is necessary for business growth. Every member should know how to manage expectations and reconcile emotions and rational thinking. The book is a great discussion piece and helps put a new perspective regarding teams changing.

Building Team Power by Thomas Kayser

This product was recommended by Ben Grindlow from ProXpn

This is a practical and application-oriented book. It gives step-by-step guides on the “how-to’s” in improving personal and collaborative team efforts that will result in an increase in productivity. The author also helps to ingrain synergy to every member of the team. This empowers each individual through collaborative work – thus making team building a breeze.

The Power of a Positive Team by Jon Gordon

This product was recommended by Lily Will from Ever Wallpaper

This book by Jon Gordon is one of my recommendations when shaping great teams and collaboration. Because in this book, Jon enumerates the behavior and attitudes that cause negativity within the team and also give suggestions and tips on what makes the team healthier and more productive.

The Ideal Team Player by Patric Lencioni

This product was recommended by Paul Bowley from Abbeycare Group

This book is a must-read for anyone looking to improve their team work skills, and to learn how to build an effective team. As well as looking at why a team works well, it also sheds light onto reasons why a team isn’t working well. This dual perspective really allows you to identify and apply the knowledge to your own situation.

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