The Manager Pool
I simply like the premise:
"What if -- instead of a programmer pool -- there were a manager pool, from which self-selected software developers chose the leader for their project? Would you be chosen? Do you have what it takes to lead developers to produce more creatively and proficiently?"
As a manager, this simple idea is important to keep in mind.
One of the reviewers on Amazon has put together a list of the patterns in the book.