12 Best Books About Leadership that All Leaders Need to Read

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Reading is an important life skill. It’s how we maintain our history and share our stories. There are already numerous books filled from cover to cover with required and essential truths and facts. But there are also countless volumes that have invaluable insights regarding the human experience. Take this week to read this article and see which leadership books you should be reading next!

Entire generations have written their experiences, problems, and struggles, along with their emotions and confessions onto blank pages, which turn them into great resources. With this, it’s sad to report that global literacy rates are getting lower. Individuals of all ages across the globe are reading less—less absorbedly.

For author John Coleman, this lack or absence of literature creeps into the business world and up to the corporate ladder where people who read too little will find themselves at a disadvantage because they cannot keep pace with others who do more than just skim content for key points or figures; instead these readers absorb what is on each page- information both explicit as well as implicit.

If you’ve been convinced of the importance of reading, I am sure that you are wondering what to read. Perhaps your thinking, “I don’t have time enough in my day for this!” Well, actually there is always some spare time we can find, and if it’s just a few minutes here or there while on break at work then so be it.

The list of the top Leadership Books is a daunting task that we have taken on in order to help you out. The books are sorted into no particular order, but I recommend starting with these:

 

1. On Becoming a Leader

 

A strong personality is not the only quality that can make a person stand out as an exceptional leader. The book, On Becoming a Leader by Warren Bennis delves into what encompasses leadership qualities and explores how these skills are developed in people who have become great leaders over time. Focusing on various aspects of becoming an effective leader from charisma to integrity, this inspirational read will help anyone with their quest for success achieve more than they ever imagined possible.

 

2. Leaders Eat Last

 

Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek is a must-read for those seeking to become leaders. The book has many examples of leadership that are worth exploring carefully and can be applied in all walks of life so you don’t have to wait until your job title changes before showing the traits necessary for being an effective leader.

 

3. Wooden on Leadership

 

Written by John Wooden & Steve Jamison, this book focuses on the former UCLA Basketball coach’s famous book 12 Lessons in Leadership and his critically-acclaimed Pyramid of Success, this book offers a detailed insight into how you can apply these principles to your own life. From self-confidence and competitiveness through mental acuity, emotional control, or physical strength – no success is possible without mastering each aspect. This knowledge will teach you that if they are nurtured during all stages of development: starting with childhood onward; then it’s never too late for an organization to be at its best when needed most!

 

4. Principles

 

Ray Dalio’s Principles is a long, comprehensive book that he wrote for anyone looking to live better in their personal and professional lives. The principles are the foundation of his company Bridgewater Associates which has an overwhelming reputation as one of Wall Street’s most successful firms.

 

5. Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap … and Others Don’t

 

The author, Jim Collins, conducted a study on why some companies make the leap from “good” to “great,” and others don’t. The 11 elite corporations he studied used proven business ideas such as Level 5 Leaders (leaders who are humble, driven by purpose), The Hedgehog Concept (businesses that synthesize deep knowledge in one area with broad general competence), and A Culture of Discipline. If you’re looking for an edge in leadership or management theory this is the book for you!

 

6. Coaching Agile Teams

 

Lyssa Adkins and Shu-Ha-Ri are the secrets to transforming an ordinary team into a high-performing one. Lyssa explains how

Shu — “Follow the Rule”: learning how to play the game.

Ha — “Break the Rule”: make it better for your team, which can be done by rethinking or redesigning any part of what you do together as a group so that it’s more effective and enjoyable; not just doing things faster than before but also smarter with less waste in effort compounded over time. You may need help from someone who is skilled at design thinking (such as those trained in Design Thinking) if this isn’t something you have expertise in yourself.

 

7. Developing the Leader Within You 2.0 and Leadershift

 

John C. Maxwell has made a name for himself in the field of leadership by publishing two books this year; a new volume, Leadershift, and a largely remade“2.0” version of the well-known leadership book, “Developing the Leader Within You”. His new book is called Leadershift and deals with how leaders can do to prepare themselves in applying a process he calls “leadershifts,” which are described as “a change that will positively enhance educational growth.”

 

8. The 5 Dysfunctions of a Team

 

Written by Patrick Lencioni, this is the classic book on team building. It helps managers see that if they want to be successful, then they must provide their employees with an environment where trust and conflict can exist openly without fear of reprisal. Often companies will have only one aspect in common: people who are working together but not as part of a true team because there is no open dialogue about issues that need addressing such as lackadaisical work ethic, broken commitments, or simple apathy for achievement. This causes mediocre groups to live in artificial harmony until something breaks through like someone feeling unheard or unappreciated which sows more mistrust into what was once just disinterest from everyone else- even before

 

9. Primal Leadership: Unleashing the Power of Emotional Intelligence

 

Primal Leadership, by Daniel Goleman, Richard Boyatzis & Annie McKee, is a book that explores how we can become emotionally intelligent leaders. It discusses topics such as strategy, vision, and powerful ideas but also emphasizes the more “primal” aspects of leadership: emotions. This insightful read will help readers better understand themselves as well as those around them so they may be able to lead with an understanding of others’ feelings while still maintaining their own sense of self-worth in this complicated world today.

 

10. Humble Leadership: The Power of Relationships, Openness, and Trust

 

Edgar H. Schein has long been a foremost expert on company culture and in this new book, Humble Leadership with his son and consulting partner, Peter, he pairs up to explore what the senior Schein has termed as “the other side of the coin” – leadership. Based on that premise they counsel readers to “reframe the personal challenge of improving your leadership skills into a collective challenge for how groups perform” which is called Level 2-style leading according to them; they also see it as distinct from traditional models such as Task-Oriented Leaders or Relationship Driven leaders who have always seen themselves primarily focused on either task orientation or relationship building but are not thereby excluded from being effective at both levels.

 

11. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

 

Written by Stephen R. Covey, this business classic will teach you how to live a life full of purpose and meaning, no matter what obstacles stand in your way! This book is constantly relevant due to the changes that society has faced since its publication date over 30 years ago. The lessons found within are applicable for just about everyone- from professionals seeking success or personal growth, all the way down to individuals who want greater balance during their daily lives.

 

12. The Leadership Challenge

 

The Leadership Challenge is a book about the five practices of exemplary leadership. These techniques when done effectively enable leaders to bridge the gap between just simply completing tasks and actually achieving something in companies and organizations. Read it if you want to stay relevant, current, or effective in your modern workplace.

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