In today’s fast-moving business climate, your leadership development is critical. How do you stay on top of growing as a leader and setting yourself apart in your ever-changing field?
You may be insanely busy and think you don’t have enough time to invest in your own development, but honing your leadership skills can be as easy as updating your reading list. One of the best ways to make sure you grow as a leader and an individual is to read—a lot. Some of the most successful people are also devoted bookworms.
Reading really revs up your leadership development because it allows you to broaden your perspectives, challenge your viewpoints and absorb knowledge. We have 10 of the best books you should be reading now to help you on your leadership development journey.
Start stocking your shelves with these 10 books for leadership development and inspiration.
The Dip, Seth Godin
The Dip proves that winners do quit, and quitters do win. Seth Godin shows that winners quit quickly and often, until they commit to beating the right “dip.” Winners are those who know that the bigger the barrier, the bigger the reward for getting past it. If you can beat the dip, you’ll earn profits, glory and long-term security. What this book will do is help you determine if you’re in a dip that’s worthy of your time, effort and talents.
The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen R. Covey
Covey’s book represents the best in self-help. His advice — about prioritization, empathy, self-renewal, and other topics — is both insightful and practical. Seven Habits can be useful to the personal and professional development of anyone charting a career in business.
How do mediocre—or even good—companies become great? Jim Collins identifies distinguishing business characteristics and leadership skills needed to bring long-term success.
Giants of Enterprise chronicles the lives of some of the business people — Carnegie, Ford, Eastman, Walton — who shaped the world we live in today. It’s a brief introduction to the figures and companies who built modern business for the young business leader seeking to shape the future.
True North: Discover Your Authentic Leadership, Bill George
A hallmark of next-generation business leaders is a focus on authenticity. Bill George has pioneered an approach to authentic leadership development articulated well in his second book, True North. George conducted more than 100 interviews with senior leaders in crafting the book, and offers advice for young leaders on knowing themselves and translating that knowledge into a personal set of principles for leadership.
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Getting Things Done, David Allen
Since Getting Things Done was first published 15 years ago, “GTD” has become shorthand for an entire method of approaching professional and personal tasks. This updated version includes new material that adds fresh perspectives to David Allen’s classic text on how to attain maximum efficiency.
Allen offers important tools and strategies on how to focus our energy and manage workflows, including how to get through work tasks quickly, delegate when appropriate and defer when necessary.
How to Win Friends and Influence People, Dale Carnegie
Since its release in 1936, How to Win Friends and Influence People has sold more than 15 million copies. Dale Carnegie’s first book is a timeless bestseller, packed with rock-solid advice that has carried thousands of now famous people up the ladder of success in their business and personal lives. Buy How to Win Friends and Influence People and add it to your reading list this year!
Managing the Mental Game: How To Think More Effectively, Navigate Uncertainty & Build Mental Fortitude, Jeff Boss
Using a blend of mental-training methodologies, former Navy SEAL Jeff Boss shows readers how to build self-confidence and fortitude, enabling them to reach new levels of success. This amazing book contains useful exercises on learning how to manage chaos and pressure in order to stay clearheaded and calm in uncertain and difficult situations. Boss’s advice helps you understand that stress is a mental game that can be overcome, often by avoiding mental pitfalls and learning to replace negative thoughts with positive ones.
Serial Winner: 5 Actions to Create Your Cycle of Success, Larry Weidel
The basic principles of success are: 1) Move forward when you feel stuck. 2) Crush early doubts and give yourself the best shot of succeeding. 3) Overcome obstacles to win anyway. 4) Maintain your mental toughness until you cross the finish line. 5) Avoid the winner’s trap and use the momentum of each win to achieve the next.
Best quote: “Serial winners don’t let little, limiting things like doubt and uncertainty stand in their way. Lack of advantage doesn’t matter. The people who say, “you can’t” don’t matter. They focus more on what they want than on why they can’t have it, and then they decide to do what it takes to get it. Then they dive in. They see something they want–a promotion or two or three, a new career, their own business–and they make the decision to go for it. Then they make smaller decisions everyday that keep them moving toward that goal, and the next one, and the next one.”
Flow, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
“Flow,” according to positive psychologist Csikszentmihalyi, is the state of getting so absorbed in your work that it flows effortlessly and you don’t pay attention to things like time passing or hunger. You might call it being “in the zone”. Your success depends largely on your ability to achieve this state, the author argues. “It is the full involvement of flow, rather than happiness, that makes for excellence in life,” he wrote on Psychology Today.
A well-stocked bookshelf can keep you focused on important leadership development principles—some of which you might already have learned but need reminding of, and others that can spur challenges and give you opportunities to grow.
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References: http://www.inc.com/jessica-stillman/25-books-to-fill-your-shelves-in-2017-suggested-by-legendary-leaders.html, https://hbr.org/2012/10/11-books-every-young-leader-mu, https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbescoachescouncil/2016/07/29/10-must-read-books-to-develop-your-leadership-skills/#5b4401235625, http://www.inc.com/geoffrey-james/top-10-leadership-books-of-2015.html, http://www.businessinsider.com/amazons-top-25-leadership-and-success-books-2016-2/#flow-by-mihaly-csikszentmihalyi-6