Best Leadership Books
Looking for good leadership books to read? Below you’ll find a curated list of the best leadership books that will help you become a better leader.
Whether you’ve just taken on a management role, struggle to inspire others to execute your vision or get frustrated when others fail to meet expectations, you’ll enjoy this list of the best leadership books of all-time.
The 10 Best Leadership Books of All-Time
1. Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action by Simon Sinek
Synopsis: In studying the leaders who’ve had the greatest influence in the world, Simon Sinek discovered that they all think, act, and communicate in the exact same way—and it’s the complete opposite of what everyone else does. Sinek calls this powerful idea The Golden Circle, and it provides a framework upon which organizations can be built, movements can be lead, and people can be inspired. And it all starts with WHY.
2. The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable by Patrick Lencioni
Synopsis: Lencioni reveals the five dysfunctions which go to the very heart of why teams even the best ones-often struggle. He outlines a powerful model and actionable steps that can be used to overcome these common hurdles and build a cohesive, effective team.
3. The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership: Follow Them and People Will Follow You by John C. Maxwell
Synopsis: What would happen if a top expert with more than thirty years of leadership experience were willing to distill everything he had learned about leadership into a handful of life-changing principles just for you? It would change your life.
4. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Stephen R. Covey
Synopsis: This book was wonderful education for people, education in how to live life effectively and get closer to the ideal of being a ‘success’ in life.
5. Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek
Synopsis: Drawing on powerful and inspiring stories, Sinek shows how to sustain an organization’s WHY while continually adding people to the mix.
6. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
Synopsis: Learn the six ways to make people like you, the twelve ways to win people to your way of thinking, and the nine ways to change people without arousing resentment.
7. Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win by Jocko Willink
Synopsis: A compelling narrative with powerful instruction and direct application, Extreme Ownership revolutionizes business management and challenges leaders everywhere to fulfill their ultimate purpose: lead and win.
8. Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel H. Pink
Synopsis: Drawing on four decades of scientific research on human motivation, Pink exposes the mismatch between what science knows and what business does—and how that affects every aspect of life.
9. Leadership and Self-Deception: Getting Out of the Box by The Arbinger Institute
Synopsis: The “disease” of self-deception (acting in ways contrary to what one knows is right) underlies all leadership problems in today’s organizations, according to the premise of this work.
10. Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg
Synopsis: In Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg – Facebook COO and one of Fortune magazine’s Most Powerful Women in Business – draws on her own experience of working in some of the world’s most successful businesses and looks at what women can do to help themselves, and make the small changes in their life that can effect change on a more universal scale.
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