9 BEST LEADERSHIP BOOKS EVERY LEADER MUST READ
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1. The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership: Follow Them and People Will Follow You by John C. Maxwell
The book is a must for those who have areas of responsibility that impact others. If you are struggling to understand how to lead, how to develop others around you into better leaders, or just need a refresher on key concepts, this book is for you! It will prepare you to deal wisely with every situation that a leader may encounter.
This is the most comprehensive review of Emotional Intelligence for leaders. In this book, Dr. Stein gives the reader a whole picture of how the EQ Leader 4-pillar model has been developed. An excellent approach to the leadership theme by the emotional intelligence lens. This book is the first choice not only for all leaders, managers, HR professionals, coaches, psychologists but also for students, teachers and people interested in this thematic.
This book is a must read for those wanting to take their leadership skills to the next level. Combining the latest in neurological research, the wisdom of the Ancient Greeks, and a host of advice and stories from veterans, this title is not your everyday corporate self-help book. The author lays out 9 types of individuals, which compares favorably to an ancient classification system used by the Greeks. Everyone with an interest in understanding and appreciating exactly what constitutes “leadership” should read this book.
4. Tribe of Mentors: Short Life Advice from the Best in the World by Tim Ferriss
Consisting of about one hundred interviews of very successful people from all walks of life, Tribe of Mentors is not meant to be read cover to cover. This is an excellent assortment of advice from a vast variety of people. Tim Ferriss posed the same questions to each interviewee and recorded selected answers in each section. Each person’s responses range from 1-4 pages, which makes this book easy to read in short spans. The people included range from Ayaan Hirsi Ali to Ray Dalio to Kelly Slater to Ben Stiller. As well as various entrepreneurial / tech people and fitness minded coaches/athletes, all with their own advice and many interesting backstories that provide context.
5. Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don’t by Jim Collins
This is a must read that will change more than just how you run your business. It will change your life, because it will ask you a tough question: What can you be great at? Good to Great by Jim Collins is a compelling and informative book about how to be successful, and how to stay successful. The theme of success is shown through 11 companies who start out less or equal to share-market value, then sky rocket to a substantial increase becoming a “great” company, which in terms of Collins, at least three times the market over a consistent span of 15 years. This book is very well laid out, divided into easy to follow chapters that flow one right into the other. Collins establishes the framework of success through three stages known as: disciplined people, disciplined thought, and disciplined action.
6. Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action by Simon Sinek
This is an eye-opening and inspiring book. The kind of book everybody should read in their lives. We strongly recommend it. Simon does a great job on using his concepts to explain the success of great leaders and the companies they founded, like Apple, Harley-Davidson, Southwest and so on. If you’re a leader this book tells you what you’ve always known on an instinctive level. Simon’s book is a quick read and filled with timeless information and ideas. Thanks, Simon! Well done!
7. Tribal Leadership: Leveraging Natural Groups to Build a Thriving Organization by Dave Logan, John King, Halee Fischer-Wright
This book offers clear definitions for various stages and types of cultures and behavioral patterns that exists in companies or any group of people. Tribes or groups of people operate with certain unwritten rules that help or hinder them in becoming most effective as a group. It’s not the cafeteria, beer kegs, massages and other amenities that makes one company better than the other but it’s the rules of engagement and incentives that help drive the optimal behaviors that make one company better than the other. It places strong emphasis on the effectiveness of successful communication. A must read for those in leadership and those trying to be.
8. The 5 Levels of Leadership: Proven Steps to Maximize Your Potential by John C. Maxwell
John Maxell’s book, The Five Levels of Leadership, is an invaluable resource for organizations and individuals seeking growth and development. The book has a simple, though profound framework for understanding how humans build trust in leaders and practical steps that leaders need to take to earn that trust. John Maxwell is an excellent author and expert in the area of leadership. This book is for anyone in a position of leadership.
9. Give and Take by Adam Grant
Adam Grant’s “Give and Take” is very helpful for leaders in charge of creating or maintaining culture within their organization. It teaches a lot of valuable lessons that everyone could use, especially if you are trying to reach the top of the ladder of success. Grant describes three kinds of people: takers, matchers, and givers. This book is also a great resource for anyone who needs to build a leadership development program.