Review: Modern Management and Leadership – Best Practice Essentials with CISO/CSO Applications

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Mark Tarallo‘s Modern Management and Leadership – Best Practice Essentials with CISO/CSO Applications is an indispensable guide for cybersecurity leaders. Throughout the book, readers learn the essential business management principles they need to succeed in today’s highly competitive environment, including employee retention, servant leadership, and effective communication strategies.

This book is brilliantly written and is an invaluable resource for security and cybersecurity leaders. With clear, straightforward language and decades of experience in journalism, Tarallo skillfully guides readers through best management practices that can help enhance employee job satisfaction.

This comprehensive guide offers readers invaluable insight into security management, making it a must-have for any CISO/CSO looking to stay ahead of the curve in today’s fast-paced industry. With it, you’ll have the essential information and advice to exceed expectations and build a successful security team.

Modern Management and Leadership – Best Practice Essentials with CISO/CSO Applications will help any security leader:

  • Learn how to manage and lead teams effectively
  • Get practical advice on how to deal with difficult employees
  • Understand different leadership styles and when to use them
  • Gain a strong understanding of common management principles and practices

In his chapter on servant leadership, Mark explains how servant leadership is an innovative approach to the traditional power structure found in most businesses. With this new approach, the leader is now at the bottom of the hierarchy and charged with serving the employees that are above them. This reversal of power turns a typical business model on its head, making the employees at the top and providing leadership to serve them and their goals.

This book maintains that instead of a leader solely focusing on driving profits and success for themselves, servant leaders strive to create an atmosphere that empowers their employees and puts them first. This inspiring leadership style focuses on helping people reach their highest potential by encouraging collaboration and creativity while eliminating fear and doubt. By creating a supportive environment where everyone works together towards one common goal, servant leaders can empower those they lead while building trust and loyalty among their team members.

Mark helps the reader understand how much a manager can influence a staffer’s decision to stay or leave their employer. He highlights the criticality of the onboarding process and offers real-world suggestions to make onboarding have a lasting impact on retention.

Cybersecurity is experiencing a significant skills gap, and organizations need to engage in better management practices. It is essential to provide a work environment that fosters loyalty and satisfaction.

Retaining quality employees is essential for any organization to succeed in today’s competitive business landscape. Employee retention is not only crucial for maintaining a successful team, but it also helps ensure the long-term success of an organization. Good employee retention policies help businesses attract top talent and increase productivity while reducing costs associated with recruiting and training new employees.

Additionally, retaining quality staff provides stability within an organization, which allows managers to focus on more strategic tasks rather than worrying about high turnover rates. By creating a positive work environment and offering incentives such as competitive salaries and benefits packages, organizations can create an atmosphere where employees feel valued and appreciated, thus increasing their loyalty and commitment to the company over time.

Modern Management and Leadership – Best Practice Essentials with CISO/CSO Applications was written during and shortly after the COVID-19 public health crisis and therefore has particular relevance in today’s world where leaders must address complex layers of economic, social, and political unrest.
Modern Management and Leadership: Best Practice Essentials with CISO/CSO Applications is available at Amazon Books

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