There are three books that will help every project manager to become a better leader:
Crucial Conversations Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High (by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan and Al Switzler)
This book gives you the tools to: prepare for senior stakeholder conversation and make you more persuasive in many project situations. This book will help yourself and others stay in dialogue so you can get the results you want. It's about learning, finding the truth, and strengthening relationships.
Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us (by Daniel H. Pink)
Motivating a team is a critical communication skill of project managers and leaders. Most people believe that the best way to motivate is with rewards like money —the carrot-and-stick approach. The author examines the three elements of true motivation—autonomy, mastery, and purpose-and offers smart and surprising techniques for putting these into action in a unique book that will change how project managers interact with teams.
Coaching Questions: A Coach's Guide to Powerful Asking Skills (by Tony Stoltzfus)
Team coaching an important competency of project managers and team leaders. The single most important skill in coaching is asking powerful questions. The book covers dozens of valuable asking tools, models and exercises, then illustrates these coaching strategies with over 1,000 examples of penetrating questions.
Constant communication is important in managing your projects. It is always a challenge to convey critical issues and risks to stakeholders, management and team members in a timely manner. In today’s telecommuting environment, you can use emails and conference calls as tools of communication. By having the project stakeholders in a meeting on a recurring basis, it is one of the effective ways to keep each other updated with the projects and a way of keeping track with work progress. Thus, management and technical staff are constantly updated with the projects as it helps the groups reach a common decision for urgent and crucial matters that need to be discussed and brainstormed through personal interaction. Stakeholders are actively interacting and exchanging opinions.