20 Books On Leadership That You Must Read
Posted on May 30, 2011
“Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.” – Harry S. Truman
How often do you read? If you were to ask me that question, then I’d freely and happily admit, a lot. Reading is something that I can do anywhere, anytime, no matter what mood I’m in.
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Take some time each day, even if its as little as 20 minutes during lunch, to read a book. A good leadership book, a book that will help you get through your ‘doom state’ and give you a clearer focus, provide hope, and offer tips to working through your troubles.
These 20 books that I’m about to share with you will help you move through difficult times. They’ve been written by people who are leaders, who are entrepreneurs, who are successful, and who have been in their own doom states and successfully moved through them. They have walked the path you wish to walk, and now they have left some advice for you. Time to check them out.
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By Seth Godin
A book on bringing together like-minded people, and starting something BIG.
By James C Collins
Collins discovers what makes 18 different companies great, and how they did it.
By Peter Drucker
How to improve your effectiveness at work, and get results.
By Stephen R. Covey
Seven ways to change the way you work, and the way you live.
By Warren Bennis
Discover how to become a self-made leader, and answer the call.
By Ken Blanchard and Spencer Johnson
Learn three short secrets that will make you a better manager, and leader.
By Spencer Johnson
How to handle change at work, and take advantage of it.
By Sun Tzu
Read the immortal teachings of Sun Tzu, to take control of the boardroom, your business, and everyday life.
By Michael E. Gerber
Gerber reveals why so many small businesses fail, and what you can do to avoid that.
By Patrick Lencioni
Improve your team with this great read, by diagnosing its ‘five dysfunctions’.
By Gary Vaynerchuk
How to brand yourself, gain popularity for being you, and cash in on your success.
By Guy Kawasaki
Kawasaki explains how to transform ideas into action, and be creative about it.
By Yvon Chouinard
An interesting mix of autobiography, philosophy, leadership, and common sense.
By Robin Sharma
Sharma teaches how to restore trust, commitment and belief in your business, and how to improve yourself.
By John C. Maxwell
Broken down into 21 laws, learn how Maxwell defines the essence of leadership.
By John Antonakis
Discover why leadership is for everyone, and how you can obtain it, no matter who you are.
By Robert K. Greenleaf
A collection of essays about serving others, and how you can lead by example.
by Bob Kaplan and Rob Kaiser
How to make the most of your strengths, and avoid burnout.
By Gus Lee
Lee advocates a ‘principled approach under pressure’, and shows how to achieve this.
By Daniel Goleman
How to be an emotionally intelligent leader, and how that will benefit you in today’s world.
Remember, these books all have the power to enrich your life. They all have the potential to transform your thinking and aid you from being an entrepreneur that struggled with ‘dealing with it all’, to an entrepreneur that lifted you to your higher game. Use them wisely.
Any other books you would add to this list?