The best 100 Leadership books

Leadership is crucial for guiding teams towards success, fostering growth, and navigating challenges. Our meticulously selected book list on this topic offers valuable perspectives and strategies for honing leadership skills.

Delve into our collection to gain actionable insights, practical advice, and inspiring stories from top leaders. Ready to elevate your leadership capabilities and make a meaningful impact? Start exploring now!

The best 100 Leadership books
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Leadership Books: The No Asshole Rule by Robert I. Sutton

The No Asshole Rule

Robert I. Sutton
Building a Civilised Workplace and Surviving One That Isn't
4.1 (193 ratings)
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What's The No Asshole Rule about?

The No Asshole Rule delves into the problem of bullying or aggressive co-workers, who in many cases rise to management positions. Sutton provocatively labels them assholes.

The book lays out the effect these employees can have on a business, and gives advice on how to develop an asshole-free environment.

Who should read The No Asshole Rule?

  • Anyone who wants to learn how to identify and deal with assholes in the workplace
  • Every office worker, whether employee, manager, consultant or intern
  • Anyone who wants to avoid being seen as an asshole

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Leadership Books: Give and Take by Adam Grant

Give and Take

Adam Grant
A Revolutionary Approach to Success
4.4 (345 ratings)
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What's Give and Take about?

Give and Take offers a breath of fresh air to traditional theories of what it takes to be successful. Backed by ground-breaking research, Give and Take demonstrates how giving more to others, rather than competing against them, may be the secret to profound success and fulfillment.

Who should read Give and Take?

  • Anyone who wants to understand how those who give become so successful
  • Anyone who wants to learn how to influence others without being domineering
  • Anyone who suffers from burnout by giving too much to others

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Leadership Books: The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick M. Lencioni

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team

Patrick M. Lencioni
A Leadership Fable
4.6 (816 ratings)
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What's The Five Dysfunctions of a Team about?

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team (2002) presents the notion that teams are inherently dysfunctional, so deliberate steps must be taken to facilitate great teamwork. A knowledgeable team leader can do a great deal to make his or her team effective, and the book outlines practical tools for achieving this.

Who should read The Five Dysfunctions of a Team?

  • Anyone interested in the prerequisites of great teamwork
  • Anyone interested in the kind of leadership and management that facilitates great teamwork
  • Anyone interested in the interpersonal dynamics of the workplace

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Leadership Books: Focus by Daniel Goleman

Focus

Daniel Goleman
The Hidden Driver of Excellence
4.3 (669 ratings)
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What's Focus about?

Focus (2013) is a guidebook for nurturing today’s scarcest resource: attention. Using cutting-edge research, the book reveals that sharpening our focus in a world of endless distractions is the key to professional success and personal fulfillment. What makes Goleman’s contribution special is that the book expands the definition of “focus” beyond mere concentration and calls for a mindful life in which attention is paid to the self, to others and to the planet.

Who should read Focus?

  • Workers and students who wish to improve their focus and productivity
  • Anyone who wants to learn the secret of living a focused, mindful life
  • Leaders who want to channel their vision effectively and improve their relationships with employees

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Leadership Books: Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek

Leaders Eat Last

Simon Sinek
Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t
4.3 (751 ratings)
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What's Leaders Eat Last about?

Leaders Eat Last explores the influence that neurochemicals have on the way people feel and consequently act, and examines the discrepancies between how our bodies were designed to function and how they function today. Ultimately, we need true leaders to direct us back on the right path.

Who should read Leaders Eat Last?

  • Any leader, CEO or manager of a business or organization
  • Anyone interested in how biological evolution affects our behavior today
  • Anyone interested in leadership techniques

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Leadership Books: Creativity, Inc. by Ed Catmull with Amy Wallace

Creativity, Inc.

Ed Catmull with Amy Wallace
Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration
4.3 (228 ratings)
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What's Creativity, Inc. about?

Creativity, Inc. explores the peaks and troughs in the history of Pixar and Disney Animation Studios along with Ed Catmull’s personal journey towards becoming the successful manager he is today. In doing so, he explains the management beliefs he has acquired along the way, and offers actionable advice on how to turn your team members into creative superstars.

Who should read Creativity, Inc.?

  • Anyone interested in successful managerial habits and leadership styles
  • Anyone managing a staff whose work requires creativity
  • Anyone truly committed to building a sustainable creative culture

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Leadership Books: Six Thinking Hats by Edward de Bono

Six Thinking Hats

Edward de Bono
4.5 (247 ratings)
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What's Six Thinking Hats about?

Six Thinking Hats offers you valuable tools for group discussions and individual decision making. The book shows ways to compartmentalize different ways of thinking to help you and your group use your brains in a more detailed, cohesive and effective way.

Who should read Six Thinking Hats?

  • Anyone in a position of leadership
  • Anyone responsible for facilitating effective communication
  • Anyone who wants to make better decisions and improve their thinking

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Leadership Books: The One Minute Manager by Ken Blanchard and Spencer Johnson

The One Minute Manager

Ken Blanchard and Spencer Johnson
Increase Productivity, Profits and your own Prosperity
4.1 (292 ratings)
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What's The One Minute Manager about?

With global sales of over 13 million, The One Minute Manager is a classic that’s still changing the workplace. It explains how managers can get outstanding results from their employees while spending as little time actively managing them as possible. A one minute manager needs just three simple tools to boost productivity – and transform their company.

Who should read The One Minute Manager?

  • CEOs, managers and team leaders
  • Anyone who is or aspires to be in a leadership position
  • Anyone who wants to get more out of their working day

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Leadership Books: The Speed of Trust by Stephen M.R. Covey with Rebecca R. Merrill

The Speed of Trust

Stephen M.R. Covey with Rebecca R. Merrill
The One Thing That Changes Everything
4.1 (260 ratings)
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What's The Speed of Trust about?

The Speed of Trust (2006) is about the importance of trust and how it can improve all aspects of our lives, from personal relationships to productivity in the office. Trust improves communication, and in doing so, speeds up efficiency and lowers cost at the same time. Throughout this book, the authors offer us tips on exactly what to do to increase trust in our lives.

Who should read The Speed of Trust?

  • Anyone struggling to trust others
  • Leaders who need to influence their staff
  • People who want to make others trust them

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Leadership Books: Turn the Ship Around by L. David Marquet

Turn the Ship Around

L. David Marquet
A True Story of Turning Followers into Leaders
4.3 (230 ratings)
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What's Turn the Ship Around about?

Turn the Ship Around reveals the story of how one United States Navy captain managed to turn a dissatisfied submarine crew into a formidable and respected team. But how did he do it? By changing the way we think about leadership, this story will show you that inside, we all have the power to be leaders.

Who should read Turn the Ship Around?

  • Anyone interested in leadership issues in the military
  • Business leaders looking for ways to improve productivity
  • Anyone wondering how to break rigid hierarchy in their organization

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Leadership Books: 5 Levels of Leadership by John C. Maxwell

5 Levels of Leadership

John C. Maxwell
Proven Steps to Maximize your Potential
4.4 (245 ratings)
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What's 5 Levels of Leadership about?

5 Levels of Leadership is a step-by-step guide to becoming a true leader with a lasting influence. Using engaging real-life anecdotes and inspiring quotes from successful leaders, it describes key pitfalls that may be holding you back and explains how to overcome them.

Who should read 5 Levels of Leadership?

  • Anyone who’s working in a leadership position
  • Anyone who carries responsibility in an organizational context
  • Anyone who wants to influence others

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Leadership Books: Walmart by Natalie Berg and Bryan Roberts

Walmart

Natalie Berg and Bryan Roberts
Key Insights and Practical Lessons from the World's Largest Retailer
4.5 (38 ratings)
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What's Walmart about?

In Walmart (2012), authors Natalie Berg and Bryan Roberts share key insights and business principles from the company that reveal how it became the biggest retailer in the world. Examining the retailer’s unprecedented success, the authors also discuss Walmart’s future challenges.

Who should read Walmart?

  • Anyone interested in business innovation
  • Anyone who wants to learn about how to run a successful retailer
  • Anyone wondering how Walmart carved its path to success

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Leadership Books: The 8th Habit by Stephen R. Covey

The 8th Habit

Stephen R. Covey
From Effectiveness to Greatness
4.0 (534 ratings)
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What's The 8th Habit about?

The 8th Habit (2004) helps you find your inner voice and thereby lead a more fulfilled life. Covey explains why we struggle to feel motivated and passionate (particularly in our working life) and how we can go about changing that.

Who should read The 8th Habit?

  • Business leaders
  • Anyone feeling lost or unfulfilled
  • People striving to work efficiently and with joy

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Leadership Books: Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin

Extreme Ownership

Jocko Willink and Leif Babin
How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win
4.5 (670 ratings)
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What's Extreme Ownership about?

Extreme Ownership (2015) is about how Navy SEAL Team commanders lead. These blinks discuss the complex, life-and-death combat situations that Navy SEALs often have to deal with and how you can apply their skills in the world of business.

Who should read Extreme Ownership?

  • Young entrepreneurs, managers and business leaders
  • Readers interested in military leadership and tactics
  • Anyone interested in improving their leadership skills

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Leadership Books: Multipliers by Liz Wiseman

Multipliers

Liz Wiseman
How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter
4.6 (297 ratings)
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What's Multipliers about?

Multipliers (2010) examines the difference between good leaders, known as Multipliers, who can join any team and make it flourish, and bad leaders, known as Diminishers, who can drain any team of its energy and drive. Author Liz Wiseman explains how to recognize the different types of Multipliers and Diminishers, while comparing the skills you should strive to develop with the ones you should avoid at all cost.

Who should read Multipliers?

  • Leaders and managers looking to get the best from their team
  • Workers concerned about their managers’ leadership practices
  • Anyone looking to understand the dynamics of leadership

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Leadership Books: Boost! by Michael Bar-Eli

Boost!

Michael Bar-Eli
How the Psychology of Sports Can Enhance your Performance in Management and Work
4.0 (70 ratings)
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What's Boost! about?

In his book Boost! (2017), author Michael Bar-Eli uses decades of experience with world-class athletes, and the many hard-won lessons he’s learned along the way, to explain the dynamic power of sports psychology. The author not only shows how athletes can use psychology to their advantage, but how this element can be used to improve the performance of any team player, whether on the court or in the office.

Who should read Boost!?

  • Leaders and aspiring leaders
  • Readers interested in how psychology can improve performance
  • Athletes and former athletes

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Leadership Books: Find Your WHY by Simon Sinek, David Mead and Peter Docker

Find Your WHY

Simon Sinek, David Mead and Peter Docker
A Practical Guide for Discovering Purpose for You and Your Team
4.3 (610 ratings)
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What's Find Your WHY about?

Find Your WHY (2017) offers something that every person and business is looking for: a true purpose. The authors provide strategies and exercises that individuals and teams alike can use to discover their most powerful motivations, and their reasons for getting up in the morning and starting the workday. This is a useful guide if you’re searching for the right job, trying to hire the right employees or hoping to gain a better understanding of yourself and the people you live and work with.

 “I think understanding your own why – your raison d’être – and ensuring your actions are consistent with it is a big part of long-term happiness and fulfillment.” – Ben H, Head of Content at Blinkist

Who should read Find Your WHY?

  • Anyone searching for purpose and direction
  • Entrepreneurs in the early stages of launching their businesses
  • Team leaders who want to set ambitious goals

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Leadership Books: Adaptability by Max McKeown

Adaptability

Max McKeown
The Art of Winning in an Age of Uncertainty
4.3 (90 ratings)
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What's Adaptability about?

Adaptability (2012) examines a skill that’s becoming ever more important in today’s fast-paced and highly fickle business environment: the ability to adapt. It’s what makes the difference between successful innovators who go on to thrive and stick-in-the-muds who struggle to survive – or simply go under. Packed with illuminating portraits of both, these blinks analyze adaptability in action everywhere from the golf course to the battlefield and the boardroom.

Who should read Adaptability?

  • Entrepreneurs and self-starters
  • Managers and strategists
  • Marketplace Machiavellis

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Leadership Books: Dare to Lead (Old Version) by Brené Brown

Dare to Lead (Old Version)

Brené Brown
Brave work. Tough conversations. Whole hearts.
4.6 (1,645 ratings)
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What's Dare to Lead (Old Version) about?

Dare to Lead (2018) explores how you can find the inner courage to lead a great team. Drawing on Brown's person experiences as a leadership coach, as well as recent research, these blinks explore how you can harness your emotions, quash your fear of failure, and become a daring leader in an increasingly competitive world.

Who should read Dare to Lead (Old Version)?

  • Business psychology buffs seeking new insights
  • Leaders searching for a fresh perspective to connect with their team
  • Anyone trying to build their courage in the workplace

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Leadership Books: The Leader Habit by Martin Lanik

The Leader Habit

Martin Lanik
Master the Skills You Need to Lead in Just Minutes a Day
3.9 (132 ratings)
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What's The Leader Habit about?

The Leader Habit (2018) details an approach to leadership development that favors practice and habit learning over rote learning of knowledge. By looking at the ways habits are developed, and by breaking down the skills necessary for successful leadership into microbehaviors, these blinks offer a structure for becoming a better leader through short training exercises.

Who should read The Leader Habit?

  • Wallflowers looking to improve their leadership skills
  • Business school students and entrepreneurs
  • Strivers who’ve failed to keep a New Year’s resolution

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Leadership Books: The 5 AM Club by Robin Sharma

The 5 AM Club

Robin Sharma
Own Your Morning. Elevate Your Life.
4.5 (9,965 ratings)
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What's The 5 AM Club about?

The 5 AM Club (2018) shows how embracing a revolutionary morning routine can deliver epic results. Through the enchanting story of an entrepreneur, an artist, and their eccentric billionaire mentor, it explains how you can use the first hour of your day to drive personal growth and get the most out of life.

Who should read The 5 AM Club?

  • Those who feel they could try and get more out of the day
  • People who want to achieve great things in life
  • Anyone in need of an energizing and positive morning routine

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Leadership Books: No Bullsh*t Leadership by Christ Hirst

No Bullsh*t Leadership

Christ Hirst
Why the World Needs More Everyday Leaders and Why That Leader Is You
4.3 (225 ratings)
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What's No Bullsh*t Leadership about?

No Bullsh*t Leadership (2019) dispels the myths we often hear about what makes a great leader. Whether you’re managing a company, school or sports team, the principles behind effective leadership aren’t rocket science. Nor do they require impressive titles or expensive suits. In this timely volume, experienced leader Chris Hirst explains how any of us can learn the philosophy behind great leadership if we put our minds to it.

Who should read No Bullsh*t Leadership?

  • Aspiring leaders looking to up their game
  • Experienced managers in need of refreshing ideas
  • Anyone interested in the science – or lack thereof – behind leadership

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Leadership Books: The Infinite Game by Simon Sinek

The Infinite Game

Simon Sinek
4.6 (725 ratings)
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What's The Infinite Game about?

The Infinite Game (2019) is a guidebook to help today’s business leaders get back on the right track to building companies that will last for generations to come. It points out the many pitfalls that leaders fall into in the pursuit of short-term gains and shows how they can put the focus back on practices that lead to strength and stability, as well as more revenue.  

Who should read The Infinite Game?

  • Entrepreneurs and CEOs
  • Managers, supervisors and anyone looking for leadership tips
  • People curious about what makes a long-running business last

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Leadership Books: Surrounded by Idiots by Thomas Erikson

Surrounded by Idiots

Thomas Erikson
The Four Types of Human Behavior and How to Effectively Communicate with Each in Business (and in Life)
4.3 (1,039 ratings)
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What's Surrounded by Idiots about?

Surrounded by Idiots (2014) offers insight into the four main personality types and provides methods and tips for how to use this insight in order to be more effective in getting your message across to each of them. Different people require different considerations when you’re trying to work alongside them or sell them on an idea. The more you know about each person’s personality type, the more effectively you’ll be able to communicate in your work life and private life.

Who should read Surrounded by Idiots?

  • Executives, managers and human resource workers
  • Anyone with an annoying coworker
  • People who’d like to improve their relationships

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Leadership Books: Elevate by Joseph Deitch

Elevate

Joseph Deitch
An Essential Guide to Life
4.2 (381 ratings)
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What's Elevate about?

Elevate (2018) is an indispensable guide to upping your game and living your life to the fullest. Whether you’re looking for a career boost or want to bring more meaning and joy into your private affairs, these blinks contain an arsenal of tips and tricks to help you take things to the next level.

Who should read Elevate?

  • Anyone looking to learn important skills for entrepreneurship
  • Anyone who wants to feel more motivated
  • Anyone who wants to enjoy more success and fun in life

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Leadership Books: What Philosophy Can Teach You About Being a Better Leader by Alison Reynolds, Dominic Houlder, Jules Goddard and David Lewis

What Philosophy Can Teach You About Being a Better Leader

Alison Reynolds, Dominic Houlder, Jules Goddard and David Lewis
4.3 (144 ratings)
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What's What Philosophy Can Teach You About Being a Better Leader about?

What Philosophy Can Teach You About Being a Better Leader (2019) explains how we've lost sight of some of the most important aspects of leadership, and it presents helpful philosophical perspectives to get us back on track. Drawing from both ancient and modern philosophy, the authors outline simple yet powerful approaches to rethinking strategy, management, and communication. And what’s even better is that these philosophical “hacks” aren’t just for CEOs. By using these thought experiments and insights, we can all flourish at work and outside of it. 

Who should read What Philosophy Can Teach You About Being a Better Leader?

  • Business leaders wanting to take their leadership skills to the next level
  • Managers who have already tried all the psychology hacks and need something more
  • Anyone interested in philosophy

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Leadership Books: Leadership Strategy and Tactics by Jocko Willink

Leadership Strategy and Tactics

Jocko Willink
Field Manual
4.6 (432 ratings)
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What's Leadership Strategy and Tactics about?

Leadership Strategy and Tactics (2020) teaches you how to take the skills of a high-functioning Navy SEAL team and apply them to your workplace. You’ll learn about practices such as Extreme Ownership, and find out why humility is better than arrogance. These tips will help you to leave your ego at the door and to remember that your team’s success should always come before personal success.

Who should read Leadership Strategy and Tactics?

  • CEOs, managers, and team leaders who need some guidance
  • Employees hoping to get promoted to a supervisor position
  • People who work in human resources

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Leadership Books: Sun Tzu and the Art of Business by Mark R. McNeilly

Sun Tzu and the Art of Business

Mark R. McNeilly
Six Strategic Principles for Managers
4.5 (285 ratings)
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What's Sun Tzu and the Art of Business about?

Sun Tzu and the Art of Business (1996) explains how ancient Chinese general Sun Tzu’s classic text The Art of War applies to the hyper-competitive environment of modern business. These blinks explore how business leaders can integrate Sun Tzu’s battle strategies into their own plans for market domination.

Who should read Sun Tzu and the Art of Business?

  • Entrepreneurs hoping to disrupt their industry
  • Strategy consultants wanting a new angle
  • Business students looking for fresh insights

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Leadership Books: Leadership Is Language by David Marquet

Leadership Is Language

David Marquet
The Hidden Power of What You Say – and What You Don’t
4.6 (198 ratings)
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What's Leadership Is Language about?

Leadership is Language (2020) is a playbook for successful team management. Written by a former US Navy captain, it teaches leaders how they can change their language and mindsets in order to improve decision-making, empower workers, and achieve better results.

Who should read Leadership Is Language?

  • Team leaders, executives, and managers – current or aspiring
  • People interested in the way human language shapes human behavior

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Leadership Books: Mastering Leadership by Robert J. Anderson and William A. Adams

Mastering Leadership

Robert J. Anderson and William A. Adams
An Integrated Framework for Breakthrough Performance and Extraordinary Business Results
4.3 (100 ratings)
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What's Mastering Leadership about?

Mastering Leadership (2015) explores the link between personal development and great leadership. It reveals the mindset needed to lead effectively, and explores how insights from classical mythology can help managers find their inner heroic leader. 

Who should read Mastering Leadership?

  • Middle managers aspiring to join the C-suite
  • Leaders looking for fresh insights
  • Business owners seeking a new perspective

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Leadership Books: Dare to Lead by Brené Brown

Dare to Lead

Brené Brown
Brave work. Tough conversations. Whole hearts.
4.3 (722 ratings)
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What's Dare to Lead about?

Dare to Lead (2018) explores how to find the inner courage to lead a great team. Drawing on Brené Brown’s research and experience as a leadership coach, it shows how you can harness your emotions, quash your fear of failure, and become a daring leader in an increasingly competitive world. 

Who should read Dare to Lead?

  • Business psychology buffs seeking new insights
  • Leaders searching for fresh ways to connect with their team
  • Anyone trying to build their courage in the workplace

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Leadership Books: Start With Why by Simon Sinek

Start With Why

Simon Sinek
How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action
4.6 (1,164 ratings)
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What's Start With Why about?

Start With Why (2009) tackles a fundamental question: What makes some organizations and people more innovative, influential, and profitable than others? Based on best-selling author Simon Sinek’s hugely influential lecture of the same name, the third most-watched TED talk of all time, these blinks unpack the answer to that conundrum. As Sinek’s examples show, it’s all about asking why rather than what.

Who should read Start With Why?

  • Managers and team leaders 
  • Entrepreneurs building their brand 
  • Self-starters in need of a bit of inspiration

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Leadership Books: Radical Candor by Kim Scott

Radical Candor

Kim Scott
Be a Kickass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity
4.6 (587 ratings)
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What's Radical Candor about?

Radical Candor (2017) is a roadmap for leaders looking to establish the best possible relationship with their employees. Its insightful approach to management shows how to create a working environment where great ideas emerge, individuals reach their full potential, and employees are proud to follow their boss.

Who should read Radical Candor?

  • Managers and business leaders
  • Coaches and organizational psychologists
  • Entrepreneurs and self-employed people

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Leadership Books: Leadership by Henry Kissinger

Leadership

Henry Kissinger
Six Studies in World Strategy
4.3 (388 ratings)
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What's Leadership about?

Leadership (2022) is a detailed analysis of six monumental twentieth-century leaders. By examining both the circumstances that formed these leaders and the strategies they used to shepherd their respective nations through periods of turmoil, it presents invaluable lessons for anyone working to shape the world’s future. From Charles de Gaulle’s strategy of will to Anwar Sadat’s strategy of transcendence and beyond, it serves as a historical debriefing on some of the defining leadership strategies of the last century.

Who should read Leadership?

  • History and politics geeks
  • Aspiring politicians
  • Biography lovers

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Leadership Books: Mastering Communication at Work by Ethan F. Becker and Jon Wortmann

Mastering Communication at Work

Ethan F. Becker and Jon Wortmann
How to Lead, Manage, and Influence
4.4 (641 ratings)
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What's Mastering Communication at Work about?

Mastering Communication at Work (revised edition, 2021) is a classic guide on leading in the workplace through strong communication skills. It teaches you how to communicate effectively by understanding your listener’s tendencies and motivations.

Who should read Mastering Communication at Work?

  • Managers looking for new communication tactics
  • Employees aiming to make the next step up
  • Executives who want to improve relations with staff

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Leadership Books: The Art of War by Sun Tzu

The Art of War

Sun Tzu
4.1 (1,235 ratings)
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What's The Art of War about?

The Art of War (fifth century BCE) is a Chinese military treatise that many global figures, including Mao Zedong and Douglas MacArthur, have used to inform their leadership strategies. Along with military tactics that can be applied to culture, politics, business, and sports, it highlights the skills good leaders need to have. 

Who should read The Art of War?

  • Anyone interested in the foundations of good leadership
  • Those who want to gain a competitive advantage 
  • People who find themselves in confrontational situations

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Leadership Books: The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John C. Maxwell

The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership

John C. Maxwell
Follow Them and People Will Follow You
4.5 (558 ratings)
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What's The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership about?

The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership (1998) collects key rules, principles, and examples from a diverse collection of inspiring leaders throughout history. We often speak about “born leaders,” as if a person either has the special X factor of leadership or they don’t. In fact, leadership is learned –⁠ and by studying what enabled the world’s best leaders to attract followers and make an impact, we too can do the same. 

Who should read The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership?

  • Managers, founders, executives, and CEOs
  • Activists seeking to make an impact
  • Anyone who wants to improve their people skills

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Leadership Books: The First 90 Days by Michael D. Watkins

The First 90 Days

Michael D. Watkins
Proven Strategies for Getting Up to Speed Faster and Smarter
2.9 (430 ratings)
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What's The First 90 Days about?

The First 90 Days (2006) maps out the critical transition period for any business leader taking on a new role. It offers comprehensive and practical strategies for surviving – and thriving – past the first three months.

Who should read The First 90 Days?

  • Business leaders tackling a new role
  • Aspiring leaders preparing for their next move
  • Anyone looking to reduce their vulnerabilities as a leader

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Leadership Books: How to Grow Your Small Business by Donald Miller

How to Grow Your Small Business

Donald Miller
A 6-Part Strategy to Help Your Business Take Off
4.7 (159 ratings)
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What's How to Grow Your Small Business about?

How to Grow Your Small Business (2023) is your six-step flight plan to guide your business as it takes off. When Don Miller started to take his business to the next level, he realized no-one had written a reliable, step-by-step playbook for growth. Since then, his small home content business has expanded into a $20 million dollar company, so he wrote the book he wished he’d had. 

Who should read How to Grow Your Small Business?

  • Small Business Owners
  • Entrepreneurs 
  • Anyone who spends too much time putting out fires in their business

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Leadership Books: Buy Back Your Time by Dan Martell

Buy Back Your Time

Dan Martell
Get Unstuck, Reclaim Your Freedom, and Build Your Empire
4.6 (272 ratings)
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What's Buy Back Your Time about?

Buy Back Your Time (2023) teaches entrepreneurs how to hire the right people for the right tasks, so they can free up the time they need to build their empire. Practical advice and success stories guide those who feel stuck in their busy lives out of the tedium of small chores and into the limitless field of pure production.

Who should read Buy Back Your Time?

  • Entrepreneurs who are looking to scale their business
  • Anyone who feels stuck in the daily grind of work
  • Managers trying to find ways to inspire employees

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Leadership Books: Unreasonable Hospitality by Will Guidara

Unreasonable Hospitality

Will Guidara
The Remarkable Power of Giving People More Than They Expect
4.4 (378 ratings)
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What's Unreasonable Hospitality about?

Unreasonable Hospitality (2022) illustrates how surpassing expectations can take your service-based business to the next level. Through a collection of anecdotes and firsthand experiences, it imparts valuable insights into customer service, as well as employee management.

Who should read Unreasonable Hospitality?

  • Hospitality professionals
  • Anyone in the service industry
  • Business owners and leaders

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Leadership Books: The Goal by Eliyahu M. Goldratt and Jeff Cox

The Goal

Eliyahu M. Goldratt and Jeff Cox
A Process of Ongoing Improvement
3.6 (233 ratings)
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What's The Goal about?

The Goal (1984) is a trailblazing example of the “business novel” genre, seamlessly blending fictional storytelling with practical business advice in a revolutionary manner. Experience the corporate journey of Alex Rogo as he endeavors to rescue his struggling company from going bust. Through Alex’s perspective, uncover valuable insights into topics like streamlining manufacturing operations and enhancing team productivity.

Who should read The Goal?

  • The ‘newbie’ manager
  • The experienced pro seeking a new perspective
  • General learners curious about the manufacturing world

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Leadership Books: The 16 Undeniable Laws of Communication by John C. Maxwell

The 16 Undeniable Laws of Communication

John C. Maxwell
Apply Them and Make the Most of Your Message
4.5 (542 ratings)
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What's The 16 Undeniable Laws of Communication about?

The 16 Undeniable Laws of Communication (2023) addresses the fear of public speaking. It offers tried-and-true techniques that can transform any beginner or average speaker into a trusted and effective communicator.

Who should read The 16 Undeniable Laws of Communication?

  • Anyone trying to improve their communication skills
  • Speakers addressing anyone from small groups to stadium crowds
  • Leaders and organizers looking to inspire their teams

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Leadership Books: Good Leaders Ask Great Questions by John C. Maxwell

Good Leaders Ask Great Questions

John C. Maxwell
Your Foundation for Successful Leadership
3.8 (44 ratings)
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What's Good Leaders Ask Great Questions about?

Good Leaders Ask Great Questions (2014) focuses on how successful leadership isn't about having all the answers, but asking the right questions. The constant quest for improvement, innovation, and growth is what separates good leaders from great ones.

Who should read Good Leaders Ask Great Questions?

  • Aspiring leaders 
  • Current leaders seeking improvement 
  • Personal development enthusiasts

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Leadership Books: The Mind of the Leader by Rasmus Hougaard & Jacqueline Carter

The Mind of the Leader

Rasmus Hougaard & Jacqueline Carter
How to Lead Yourself, Your People, and Your Organization for Extraordinary Results
4.2 (191 ratings)
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What's The Mind of the Leader about?

The Mind of the Leader (2018) explores how leaders can cultivate critical inner capacities like mindfulness, selflessness, and compassion to become more effective guides. Supported by research conducted by The Potential Project, it draws on psychology, neuroscience, and case studies of global organizations to provide science-based tools for strengthening these core leadership skills. 

Who should read The Mind of the Leader?

  • Managers looking to improve their leadership skills
  • Emerging leaders 
  • Entrepreneurs and founders wanting to develop a purpose-based leadership approach

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Leadership Books: Playing to Win by A.G. Lafley & Roger L. Martin

Playing to Win

A.G. Lafley & Roger L. Martin
How Strategy Really Works
3.6 (331 ratings)
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What's Playing to Win about?

Playing to Win (2013) introduces a strategic framework that illustrates how companies can achieve success by making deliberate and well-considered choices. It delves into the "Five Choices Framework," detailing essential decisions that leaders must make to develop winning strategies. Using real-world examples, it emphasizes that a disciplined approach to strategy can create sustainable competitive advantage and turn companies into industry leaders.

Who should read Playing to Win?

  • Entrepreneurs looking to refine their business strategy for market dominance
  • Business students curious about practical strategic frameworks used by leading corporations
  • Start-up founders looking to position their ventures for success in competitive markets

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Leadership Books: $100M Leads by Alex Hormozi

$100M Leads

Alex Hormozi
How to Get Strangers to Want to Buy Your Stuff
4.3 (99 ratings)
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What's $100M Leads about?

$100M Leads (2023) is a proven playbook for attracting more leads than you’ll know what to do with. Through step-by-step frameworks and cutting-edge tactics, it shows you how to build self-sustaining marketing machines that convert at record rates.

Who should read $100M Leads?

  • Fledgling founders who want to make their dream business work
  • Experienced entrepreneurs who struggle with advertising and marketing
  • Seasoned salespeople who want to level up their strategies

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Leadership Books: Think Twice by Michael J. Mauboussin

Think Twice

Michael J. Mauboussin
Harnessing the Power of Counterintuition
3.8 (181 ratings)
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What's Think Twice about?

Think Twice (2012) examines the hidden cognitive biases and mental shortcuts that routinely impair our judgment. It also provides concrete steps to counteract ingrained thinking and adopt a clear-eyed approach to making choices.

Who should read Think Twice?

  • Investors looking to avoid costly cognitive biases
  • Professionals who want to improve their decision-making
  • Students of psychology, economics, and human behavior

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Leadership Books: The Art of Clear Thinking by Hasard Lee

The Art of Clear Thinking

Hasard Lee
A Stealth Fighter Pilot's Timeless Rules for Making Tough Decisions
3.8 (423 ratings)
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What's The Art of Clear Thinking about?

The Art of Clear Thinking (2023) is a practical guide to decision-making as seen through the lens of a US fighter pilot. It introduces readers to the ACE Helix framework employed by those engaged in air combat while prompting you to consider how the underlying principles could be of benefit in your own life. 

Who should read The Art of Clear Thinking?

  • Key decision-makers in any field
  • Individuals keen to improve their ability to think clearly and critically 
  • People interested in military operations

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Leadership Books: Everyone Communicates, Few Connect by John C. Maxwell

Everyone Communicates, Few Connect

John C. Maxwell
What the Most Effective People Do Differently
4.0 (199 ratings)
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What's Everyone Communicates, Few Connect about?

Everyone Communicates, Few Connect (2010) examines the common barriers that prevent authentic connection in communication. It provides practical strategies anyone can use to become better at connecting with others in both personal and professional relationships.

Who should read Everyone Communicates, Few Connect?

  • Leaders, managers, and business professionals looking for more effective communication strategies
  • Educators and parents seeking deeper connections at home and at school 
  • Anyone craving better communication for closer relationships, thriving teams, or energized communities

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Leadership Books: Competing in the Age of AI by Marco Iansiti & Karim R. Lakhani

Competing in the Age of AI

Marco Iansiti & Karim R. Lakhani
Strategy and Leadership When Algorithms and Networks Run the World
3.5 (164 ratings)
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What's Competing in the Age of AI about?

Competing in the Age of AI (2020) unveils a future where AI is the cornerstone of business. It reveals how AI removes age-old business constraints, enabling a quantum leap in scale, scope, and learning. Step into a realm where strategy is reinvented and the economy is reimagined, offering both unprecedented opportunities and profound challenges for leaders in the digital epoch.

Who should read Competing in the Age of AI?

  • Tech entrepreneurs seeking to disrupt traditional business models
  • Executives exploring the impact of AI on operational and strategic decisions
  • Business strategists interested in digital transformation and innovation

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Leadership Books: The Diary of a CEO by Steven Bartlett

The Diary of a CEO

Steven Bartlett
The 33 Laws of Business and Life
4.3 (594 ratings)
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What's The Diary of a CEO about?

The Diary of a CEO (2023) offers a compelling insight into the world of entrepreneurship and personal development. It’s a comprehensive guide that combines reflections, lessons learned, and practical advice. This aims to inspire and guide you in understanding business dynamics, personal development, and the intricacies of becoming an effective leader.

Who should read The Diary of a CEO?

  • Aspiring entrepreneurs and business leaders looking to start or grow a business
  • Professionals and students focused on personal and professional development
  • Anyone searching for mindset shifts and psychological tools to maximize their potential

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Leadership Books: Leadership Two Words at a Time by Bill Treasurer

Leadership Two Words at a Time

Bill Treasurer
Simple Truths for Leading Complicated People
4.1 (225 ratings)
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What's Leadership Two Words at a Time about?

Leadership Two Words at a Time (2022) is a simple, practical guide to leadership. Following two-word instructions such as “create trust,” you can become a better leader – inspiring others and improving your work environment.

Who should read Leadership Two Words at a Time?

  • New leaders
  • Experienced leaders who want to learn something new
  • Anyone who wants to make their workplace a better place

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Leadership Books: Obviously Awesome by April Dunford

Obviously Awesome

April Dunford
How to Nail Product Positioning so Customers Get It, Buy It, Love It
3.9 (193 ratings)
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What's Obviously Awesome about?

Obviously Awesome (2019) is a guide on how to master the art of product positioning. It compiles insights and strategies from two decades of experience in B2B tech marketing, providing actionable advice for selling a product's unique attributes to the right audience. 

Who should read Obviously Awesome?

  • Startup founders in technology sectors
  • Marketing professionals specializing in B2B products
  • Entrepreneurs looking to improve market fit

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Leadership Books: Why Motivating People Doesn't Work ... and What Does by Susan Fowler

Why Motivating People Doesn't Work ... and What Does

Susan Fowler
More Breakthroughs for Leading, Energizing, and Engaging
4.0 (312 ratings)
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What's Why Motivating People Doesn't Work ... and What Does about?

Why Motivating People Doesn’t Work … and What Does (2023) challenges preconceived notions about motivation, proposing a new perspective that transcends traditional reward and punishment systems. Discover how intrinsic drivers – autonomy, relatedness, and competence – can profoundly influence your motivation and leadership style.

Who should read Why Motivating People Doesn't Work ... and What Does?

  • Business leaders seeking innovative team-motivation strategies
  • HR professionals focusing on employee engagement
  • Managers eager to improve workplace productivity and culture

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Leadership Books: No Explanation Required! by Carol Sankar

No Explanation Required!

Carol Sankar
A Woman's Guide to Assert Your Confidence and Communicate to Win at Work
4.2 (50 ratings)
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What's No Explanation Required! about?

No Explanation Required! (2021) equips women with the communication tools needed to amplify their voices. Drawing on extensive research and real-world case studies, it offers women practical techniques to project confidence, negotiate promotions, navigate office politics, and lead with authority free of apology or justification.

Who should read No Explanation Required!?

  • Recent female graduates wanting to project competence from the word go
  • Women in middle management who are sick of staring up at the glass ceiling
  • Female C-Suite members who are ready to hone and consolidate their authority

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Leadership Books: Positive Influence by Tsun-Yan Hsieh & Huijin Kong

Positive Influence

Tsun-Yan Hsieh & Huijin Kong
The First and Last Mile of Leadership
3.7 (226 ratings)
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What's Positive Influence about?

Positive Influence (2021) offers a no-nonsense roadmap that helps people harness positive influence with courage, empathy, vision, and wisdom as they shape a world that benefits all. It suggests that mastering the art of positive influence can bring about profound and beneficial changes across the personal and professional realms of a person’s life.

Who should read Positive Influence?

  • Leaders improving their organizational dynamics knowledge
  • Professionals transitioning into leadership roles
  • Team leads desiring cohesive collaboration

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Leadership Books: Competing Against Luck by Clayton M. Christensen, Taddy Hall, Karen Dillon & David S. Duncan

Competing Against Luck

Clayton M. Christensen, Taddy Hall, Karen Dillon & David S. Duncan
The Story of Innovation and Customer Choice
4.2 (209 ratings)
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What's Competing Against Luck about?

Competing Against Luck (2016) challenges you to rethink innovation and growth through what is known as the jobs to be done theory. This transformative concept invites you to understand on a deeper level why customers make the choices they do, thereby helping you shape how you develop and market your products or services. Dive into a world where success hinges not on luck but on a profound comprehension of your customer’s true needs and desires.

Who should read Competing Against Luck?

  • Business leaders seeking innovative growth strategies
  • Entrepreneurs exploring customer-centric product development
  • Marketing professionals interested in consumer behavior insights

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Leadership Books: The Art of Influence by Chris Widener

The Art of Influence

Chris Widener
Persuading Others Begins With You
4.4 (446 ratings)
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What's The Art of Influence about?

The Art of Influence (2008) delivers timeless principles for becoming an influential person of admirable character and skills who leads through service. It outlines how pursuing excellence will transform anyone into a leader others naturally respect, engage, and follow.

Who should read The Art of Influence?

  • Aspiring leaders seeking to ethically inspire others
  • Sales professionals wanting to build trust and likability
  • Anyone desiring more positive impact and credibility

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Leadership Books: Take Back Your Power by Deborah Liu

Take Back Your Power

Deborah Liu
10 New Rules for Women at Work
3.8 (46 ratings)
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What's Take Back Your Power about?

Take Back Your Power (2022) is part memoir, part practical guide to making your mark as a woman in the workplace. Through a wide-ranging selection of anecdotes from women at the top of their fields, it offers ten rules for career success and shares the mindsets and strategies that make each possible.

Who should read Take Back Your Power?

  • Female business leaders and employees
  • People from underrepresented backgrounds looking to make their mark at work
  • Men committed to fostering equality in the workplace

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Leadership Books: Empire Builder by Adam E. Coffey

Empire Builder

Adam E. Coffey
The Road to a Billion
3.8 (165 ratings)
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What's Empire Builder about?

Empire Builder (2023) offers a wealth of hard-won, real-world strategies and serves as a blueprint for entrepreneurs aiming to achieve exponential growth in their businesses. It provides practical advice on building a strong foundation, framing a growth-oriented structure, and developing an effective exit plan.

Who should read Empire Builder?

  • Owners of large businesses looking to sell their companies
  • Business leaders aiming for rapid expansion 
  • Aspiring business owners needing inspiration

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Leadership Books: The Strategy Legacy by Alex Brueckmann

The Strategy Legacy

Alex Brueckmann
How to Future-Proof a Business and Leave Your Mark
4.3 (107 ratings)
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What's The Strategy Legacy about?

The Strategy Legacy (2023) is a groundbreaking exploration of strategy and leadership. Catering to a wide audience, from experienced executives to emerging entrepreneurs, it provides invaluable insights, practical examples, and engaging illustrations to equip readers with the tools they need to future-proof their organizations.

Who should read The Strategy Legacy?

  • Business leaders seeking strategic growth and organizational development
  • Entrepreneurs aiming to align strategy with company identity
  • Executives focused on long-term success and leadership skills

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Leadership Books: Power Questions by Andrew Sobel & Jerold Panas

Power Questions

Andrew Sobel & Jerold Panas
Build Relationships, Win New Business, and Influence Others
4.2 (337 ratings)
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What's Power Questions about?

Power Questions (2012) equips you with strategic questions to transform conversations, redefine problems, and forge deep connections in both professional and personal realms. It presents real-life dialogues with CEOs and influential figures, each demonstrating the impact of incisive questions – and teaches you to harness questioning as a tool for influence, understanding, and meaningful engagement.

Who should read Power Questions?

  • Business leaders seeking deeper client connections
  • Sales professionals aiming to enhance customer engagement
  • Personal development enthusiasts seeking insightful questioning techniques

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Leadership Books: The Geek Way by Andrew McAfee

The Geek Way

Andrew McAfee
The Radical Mindset that Drives Extraordinary Results
4.0 (57 ratings)
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What's The Geek Way about?

The Geek Way (2022) explores how modern tech giants construct organizational cultures that empower employees and accelerate results. It provides a blueprint for how leaders in any industry can transform sluggish bureaucracies into dynamic drivers of growth by implementing lessons from Silicon Valley.

Who should read The Geek Way?

  • Leaders seeking cultural revitalization within their organizations
  • Managers wanting to spark innovation
  • Directors aiming to empower teams

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Leadership Books: Know What Matters by Ron Shaich

Know What Matters

Ron Shaich
Lessons from a Lifetime of Transformations
3.9 (210 ratings)
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What's Know What Matters about?

Know What Matters (2023), delves into the journey of Ron Shaich, the founder and former CEO of Panera Bread, and his relentless pursuit of what truly matters in business and life. It’s a study of how asking the right questions and embracing transformative changes can lead to monumental success in both the professional and personal realms.

Who should read Know What Matters?

  • Aspiring entrepreneurs
  • Business leaders
  • Food industry enthusiasts

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Leadership Books: Well-Designed by Jon Kolko

Well-Designed

Jon Kolko
How to Use Empathy to Create Products People Love
3.7 (195 ratings)
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What's Well-Designed about?

Well-Designed (2014) is about the transformative power of empathy in product design. It explains how understanding and empathizing with users can lead to innovative and beloved products. The book offers practical advice on observing user behavior, understanding their needs, and creating products that resonate deeply with them.

Who should read Well-Designed?

  • Product designers
  • User experience professionals
  • Innovative entrepreneurs

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Leadership Books: No-Excuses Innovation by Bruce Vojak & Walter Herbst

No-Excuses Innovation

Bruce Vojak & Walter Herbst
Strategies for Small- and Medium-Sized Mature Enterprises
3.9 (15 ratings)
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What's No-Excuses Innovation about?

No-Excuses Innovation (2022) offers a transformative approach for small- and medium-sized enterprises looking to thrive in today’s competitive landscape. It uncovers the secrets of design thinking and emotional design to deepen customer connections and drive innovation. It also emphasizes the importance of continuous renewal, strategic innovation management, and understanding customer needs to navigate challenges and steer your business towards sustained success and industry leadership.

Who should read No-Excuses Innovation?

  • Owners of small- or medium-sized enterprises
  • Product designers
  • Innovation strategists

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Leadership Books: Choose Your Enemies Wisely by Patrick Bet-David

Choose Your Enemies Wisely

Patrick Bet-David
Business Planning for the Audacious Few
4.2 (43 ratings)
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What's Choose Your Enemies Wisely about?

Choose Your Enemies Wisely (2023) presents a system for creating a practical yet emotional business plan that goes beyond tactics to explore the deeper motivations and vision that drive exponential success. It demonstrates how to harness negative emotions about “enemies” to fuel entrepreneurial fire and achieve ambitious goals.

Who should read Choose Your Enemies Wisely?

  • Entrepreneurs looking to start or rapidly grow a business
  • Business leaders aiming to build a motivated, high-performance company culture
  • Anyone who feels held back by naysayers and wants to prove them wrong

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Leadership Books: Irresistible by Josh Bersin

Irresistible

Josh Bersin
The Seven Secrets of the World's Most Enduring, Employee-Focused Organizations
3.6 (16 ratings)
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What's Irresistible about?

Irresistible (2022) introduces a fresh perspective on leadership and organizational design, advocating for a “network of teams” approach rather than traditional hierarchies. It highlights the importance of fostering an employee-centric culture for improved engagement, retention, and innovation. By making your organization irresistible, it argues, you can achieve greater speed, profitability, and market leadership.

Who should read Irresistible?

  • Business leaders seeking organizational growth
  • HR professionals focused on talent development
  • Entrepreneurs building employee-centric cultures

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Leadership Books: Bringing Out the Best in People by Aubrey C. Daniels

Bringing Out the Best in People

Aubrey C. Daniels
How to Apply the Astonishing Power of Positive Reinforcement
3.6 (103 ratings)
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What's Bringing Out the Best in People about?

Bringing Out the Best in People (first released in 1994) explores how positive reinforcement can drive behavioral change and improve performance, whether in a corporate setting, educational context or personal life.

Who should read Bringing Out the Best in People?

  • Managers tackling performance issues
  • Employees aiming for self-improvement
  • Educators and parents interested in behavior management

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Leadership Books: Be the Unicorn by William Vanderbloemen

Be the Unicorn

William Vanderbloemen
12 Data-Driven Habits That Separate the Best Leaders from the Rest
4.2 (379 ratings)
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What's Be the Unicorn about?

Be the Unicorn (2023) offers a comprehensive guide to achieving personal and professional success by detailing 12 key habits that distinguish exceptional leaders in today’s competitive world. It emphasizes the importance of developing these habits to stand out, become irreplaceable, and excel in various work environments, particularly in the context of a rapidly evolving job landscape influenced by AI technology.

Who should read Be the Unicorn?

  • Aspiring leaders seeking success and personal growth
  • Professionals adapting to a competitive, evolving work environment
  • Those interested in soft skills development and leadership excellence

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Leadership Books: The Corner Office by Adam Bryant

The Corner Office

Adam Bryant
Indispensable and Unexpected Lessons from CEOs on How to Lead and Succeed
3.9 (150 ratings)
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What's The Corner Office about?

The Corner Office (2012) explores the shared traits and behaviors of successful CEOs through in-depth interviews with business leaders. It uncovers the nuances of effective leadership and decision-making in the corporate sphere. The insights offered are invaluable for anyone aspiring to reach top executive roles.

Who should read The Corner Office?

  • Aspiring CEOs and executive-level professionals
  • Business management students and academics
  • Entrepreneurs and Startup Founders

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Leadership Books: The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace by Gary D. Chapman & Paul E. White

The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace

Gary D. Chapman & Paul E. White
Empowering Organizations by Encouraging People
4.1 (24 ratings)
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What's The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace about?

The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace (2007) outlines the keys to cultivating value, recognition, and appreciation at work, by tapping into the deeply personal ways workers wish to be recognized at their best.

Who should read The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace?

  • Employees who feel undervalued and dispirited at work
  • Managers who want to tailor their approach to get the best out of all their employees
  • CEOs and founders keen to create an atmosphere of ownership and appreciation

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Leadership Books: Built, Not Born by Tom Golisano

Built, Not Born

Tom Golisano
A Self-Made Billionaire's No-Nonsense Guide for Entrepreneurs
4.3 (20 ratings)
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What's Built, Not Born about?

Built, Not Born (2022) is an instruction manual that explores how to transform any promising business idea into a thriving enterprise. Detailing the key steps for success from early planning stages through exits and everything in between, it dismantles the myths of exclusivity surrounding entrepreneurship to prove that concrete and learnable principles can lead any determined person toward sustained success.

Who should read Built, Not Born?

  • Entrepreneurs trying to start, buy, and grow businesses
  • Managers intent on building profitable and performant departments within organizations
  • Any successful entrepreneur looking for a good exit strategy

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Leadership Books: Positive Chaos by Dan Thurmon

Positive Chaos

Dan Thurmon
Transform Crisis Into Clarity and Advantage
3.8 (57 ratings)
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What's Positive Chaos about?

Positive Chaos (2023) delves into the complexities and paradoxical benefits of chaos. Drawing on groundbreaking research, it shows how to transform chaos from a disruptive force into a catalyst for personal development.

Who should read Positive Chaos?

  • Individuals seeking strategies to thrive in chaotic environments
  • Leaders aiming to enhance their skills in unpredictable times
  • Professionals interested in personal and workplace growth

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Leadership Books: Culture Is the Way by Matt Mayberry

Culture Is the Way

Matt Mayberry
How Leaders at Every Level Build an Organization for Speed, Impact, and Excellence
3.9 (10 ratings)
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What's Culture Is the Way about?

Culture is the Way (2023) provides an insightful blueprint for enhancing employee engagement and achieving peak productivity in the workplace. This guide delves into how leaders across all levels can cultivate a workplace culture that fosters organizational excellence and maximizes the potential of every employee. It shows how to build a dynamic and effective organizational culture that drives success and impact.

Who should read Culture Is the Way?

  • Leaders seeking to enhance workplace culture and employee engagement
  • Managers aiming for organizational excellence and team development
  • Business professionals interested in leadership and cultural transformation

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Leadership Books: The Leader In You by Dale Carnegie

The Leader In You

Dale Carnegie
How to Win Friends, Influence People & Succeed in a Changing World
4.4 (18 ratings)
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What's The Leader In You about?

The Leader in You (1993) reveals how tapping into your enthusiasm and creativity can help you connect more effectively and work more productivelyDrawing on insights from leaders across a wide range of fields, this practical guide includes strategies to hone your leadership strengths, boost your self-confidence, and achieve your personal and professional goals.

Who should read The Leader In You?

  • Managers or employees striving to become effective leaders
  • People craving better relationships with friends and colleagues
  • Perennial worriers who want to reenergize their outlook on life

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Leadership Books: All In by Mike Michalowicz

All In

Mike Michalowicz
How Great Leaders Build Unstoppable Teams
4.1 (138 ratings)
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What's All In about?

All In (2024) argues that to build highly effective teams, great leaders must invest time and effort into recruiting people for potential rather than credentials, and fostering a sense of ownership and community in everyone.

Who should read All In?

  • Aspiring managers learning how to recruit and motivate others
  • Team leaders looking to improve engagement and productivity
  • Anyone focused on the recruitment, retention, and development of great teams

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Leadership Books: Glad We Met by Steven G. Rogelberg

Glad We Met

Steven G. Rogelberg
The Art and Science of 1:1 Meetings
3.8 (17 ratings)
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What's Glad We Met about?

Glad We Met (2023) examines the transformative power of one-on-one meetings. This insightful exploration reveals why these meetings are not just a managerial duty but a cornerstone of effective leadership and team development. Learn to master the balance among productivity, relationship-building, and employee growth.

Who should read Glad We Met?

  • The emerging leader
  • Experienced executives
  • The HR professional

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Leadership Books: A New Way To Think by Roger L. Martin

A New Way To Think

Roger L. Martin
Your Guide to Superior Management Effectiveness
3.2 (25 ratings)
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What's A New Way To Think about?

A New Way To Think (2011) presents a paradigm shift, arguing that companies could achieve sustainable success and shareholder returns by prioritizing customer satisfaction over the traditional focus on maximizing shareholder value.

Who should read A New Way To Think?

  • Business leaders
  • Shareholders
  • Customer experience advocates

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Leadership Books: Going on Offense by Behnam Tabrizi

Going on Offense

Behnam Tabrizi
A Leader's Playbook for Perpetual Innovation
4.1 (10 ratings)
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What's Going on Offense about?

Going on Offense (2023) equips you with the strategies to transform your organization into a powerhouse of innovation. Dive into the stories of industry giants who dared to be different, and learn how to apply their bold approaches to your own challenges. Unleash your potential to lead change and drive your company toward a future of continuous growth and success.

Who should read Going on Offense?

  • Aspiring tech industry leaders
  • Corporate strategy enthusiasts
  • Innovation-driven business students

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Leadership Books: Competing in the New World of Work by Keith Ferrazzi

Competing in the New World of Work

Keith Ferrazzi
3.3 (24 ratings)
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What's Competing in the New World of Work about?

Competing in the New World of Work (2021) unveils the concept of radical adaptability, a progressive method for companies to proactively anticipate and shape future changes, valuing human-centric approaches over traditional, conformist business models.

Who should read Competing in the New World of Work?

  • Forward-thinking leaders
  • Innovation-driven teams
  • Agile business strategists

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Leadership Books: Uncommon Service by Frances Frei & Anne Morriss

Uncommon Service

Frances Frei & Anne Morriss
How to Win by Putting Customers at the Core of Your Business
4.1 (43 ratings)
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What's Uncommon Service about?

Uncommon Service (2012) unveils an innovative approach to conquering the business world. It emphasizes excellence in customer service by making strategic trade-offs and focussing on what the customers value most.

Who should read Uncommon Service?

  • Startup founders
  • Customer relationship managers
  • Strategy consultants

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Leadership Books: The Six Disciplines of Strategic Thinking by Michael D. Watkins

The Six Disciplines of Strategic Thinking

Michael D. Watkins
Leading Your Organization Into the Future
4.2 (201 ratings)
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What's The Six Disciplines of Strategic Thinking about?

The Six Disciplines of Strategic Thinking (2024) is a comprehensive guide designed to enhance your leadership skills by focusing on strategic thinking. It identifies six key components of strategic thought: mental agility, pattern recognition, political savvy, problem-solving, systems analysis, and visioning, each essential for recognizing threats and opportunities, establishing priorities, and driving organizational success. Offering a blend of academic insights and practical tools, it aims to develop and nurture your strategic thinking, making it an invaluable resource.

Who should read The Six Disciplines of Strategic Thinking?

  • Aspiring business leaders seeking strategic skills
  • Executives facing complex organizational challenges
  • Professionals interested in leadership and organizational change

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Leadership Books: Real-Time Leadership by David Noble & Carol Kauffman

Real-Time Leadership

David Noble & Carol Kauffman
Find Your Winning Moves When the Stakes Are High
3.7 (19 ratings)
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What's Real-Time Leadership about?

Real-Time Leadership (2021) dives into how leaders can make quick and strategic decisions during high stakes situations using the practical M-O-V-E framework.

Who should read Real-Time Leadership?

  • Emerging leaders
  • Experienced decision-makers
  • Individuals in high-stakes roles

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Leadership Books: The Case for Good Jobs by Zeynep Ton

The Case for Good Jobs

Zeynep Ton
How Great Companies Bring Dignity, Pay, and Meaning to Everyone's Jobs
3.6 (8 ratings)
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What's The Case for Good Jobs about?

The Case for Good Jobs (2023) illustrates how market wages often fail to cover workers' basic needs, spotlighting the necessity for businesses to revalue labor and adopt good job practices.

Who should read The Case for Good Jobs?

  • Business leaders
  • HR professionals
  • Social activists

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Leadership Books: Effective Decision-Making by Edoardo Binda Zane

Effective Decision-Making

Edoardo Binda Zane
How to Make Better Decisions Under Uncertainty and Pressure
3.5 (33 ratings)
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What's Effective Decision-Making about?

Effective Decision-Making (2016) explores the art and science of making better decisions amidst the challenges of uncertainty and pressure. It provides you with a comprehensive toolkit for improving decision-making processes, focusing on techniques that foster critical thinking, strategic analysis, and collaborative problem-solving.

Who should read Effective Decision-Making?

  • Managers and executives who need to make the big calls
  • Entrepreneurs who want to make quick and effective decisions 
  • Brainstormers looking to up their game

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Leadership Books: Positive Communication for Leaders by Julien C. Mirivel & Alexander Lyon

Positive Communication for Leaders

Julien C. Mirivel & Alexander Lyon
Proven Strategies for Inspiring Unity and Effecting Change
4.4 (19 ratings)
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What's Positive Communication for Leaders about?

Positive Communication for Leaders (2023) explores the transformative power of positive communication strategies in leadership roles. It offers practical guidance on employing positive language, active listening, and constructive feedback to enhance organizational effectiveness and interpersonal relationships. Through theoretical insights and real-world applications, it aims to equip leaders with the tools to foster a more supportive and productive workplace environment.

Who should read Positive Communication for Leaders?

  • Corporate leaders seeking to improve team dynamics
  • HR professionals interested in organizational development strategies
  • Managers aiming to enhance employee engagement

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Leadership Books: Mastering Executive Transitions by Navid Nazemian

Mastering Executive Transitions

Navid Nazemian
The Definitive Guide
3.3 (12 ratings)
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What's Mastering Executive Transitions about?

Mastering Executive Transitions (2021) explores the critical challenges and opportunities executives face during career transitions. It delves into the realities versus the research on executive transitions, highlighting the complexities, shorter tenures, and overwhelming demands leaders face in today’s world.

Who should read Mastering Executive Transitions?

  • Senior executives facing career transition challenges
  • Emerging leaders aspiring to executive roles
  • Business students studying leadership and management

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Leadership Books: Brave Together by Chris Deaver & Ian Clawson

Brave Together

Chris Deaver & Ian Clawson
Lead by Design, Spark Creativity, and Shape the Future with the Power of Co-Creation
3.9 (58 ratings)
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What's Brave Together about?

Brave Together (2024) explores the transformative potential of cocreation for sparking innovation and driving leadership success. Through practical advice and insights, it demonstrates how to harness collective creativity to shape a visionary future and foster a culture of collaborative achievement.

Who should read Brave Together?

  • Corporate leaders and management teams
  • Creative professionals and innovators
  • Anyone interested in enhancing creativity and collaboration

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Leadership Books: Simple Truths of Leadership Playbook by Ken Blanchard & Randy Conley

Simple Truths of Leadership Playbook

Ken Blanchard & Randy Conley
A 52-Week Game Plan for Becoming a Trusted Servant Leader
3.7 (19 ratings)
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What's Simple Truths of Leadership Playbook about?

Simple Truths of Leadership Playbook (2023) highlights how adopting servant leadership, a balanced approach focusing on serving others and achieving outcomes, can cultivate strong relationships and superior results in the workplace.

Who should read Simple Truths of Leadership Playbook?

  • Aspiring servant leaders
  • Corporate managers
  • Team-building professionals

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Leadership Books: Untapped Leadership by Jenny Vazquez-Newsum

Untapped Leadership

Jenny Vazquez-Newsum
Harnessing the Power of Underrepresented Leaders
3.5 (108 ratings)
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What's Untapped Leadership about?

Untapped Leadership (2023) explores the leadership strategies, capabilities, and contributions made by leaders of color and those from marginalized backgrounds. Sharing diverse stories and strategies, it argues that the insights derived from BIPOC leadership are universally applicable, offering valuable lessons for anyone interested in enhancing their approach to leadership and navigating complex professional and personal landscapes.

Who should read Untapped Leadership?

  • Aspiring leaders seeking personal and professional development
  • Managers aiming to enhance team performance and innovation
  • All those interested in diverse leadership strategies and perspectives

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Leadership Books: The 3.3 Rule by John Briggs

The 3.3 Rule

John Briggs
The New Workday Standard of Creating More by Working Less
3.6 (30 ratings)
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What's The 3.3 Rule about?

The 3.3 Rule (2020) offers a unique perspective on productivity and work-life balance. It presents the “3.3 Rule” – which advocates for working a maximum of three hours at a time, succeeded by breaks amounting to 30% of the work duration. This groundbreaking approach aims to rebuild conventional work patterns, fostering productivity and employee satisfaction.

Who should read The 3.3 Rule?

  • Corporate leaders 
  • Productivity enthusiasts 
  • Work-life balance seekers

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Leadership Books: The Trusted Learning Advisor by Keith Keating

The Trusted Learning Advisor

Keith Keating
The Tools, Techniques and Skills You Need to Make L&d a Business Priority
4.5 (4 ratings)
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What's The Trusted Learning Advisor about?

The Trusted Learning Advisor (2023) offers an alternative for learning and development professionals to evolve beyond mere order-takers and become trusted learning advisors. It provides the tools, techniques, and skills needed to transform L&D into a proactive role through trust, stakeholder relationships, and strategic processes. This blueprint for L&D professionals aims to enhance their impact and give them a seat at the table.

Who should read The Trusted Learning Advisor?

  • L&D professionals at any stage of their career 
  • Leaders who want to foster a learning culture
  • Anyone who believes professional development is important

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Leadership Books: Tell Me My Story by Dimple D Dhabalia

Tell Me My Story

Dimple D Dhabalia
Challenging the Narrative of Service Before Self
4.0 (3 ratings)
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What's Tell Me My Story about?

Tell Me My Story (2024) is a blend of personal reflection and a rallying cry, presenting a vision of hope and a path to recovery for individuals engaged in humanitarian efforts. Underscoring the importance of supporting those who dedicate themselves to service, it advocates for a balance that allows them to thrive personally while making a meaningful impact on the world.

Who should read Tell Me My Story?

  • Humanitarian workers and volunteers
  • Mental health advocates
  • Readers interested in social change

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Leadership Books: Learned Excellence by Eric Potterat & Alan Eagle

Learned Excellence

Eric Potterat & Alan Eagle
Mental Disciplines for Leading and Winning from the World's Top Performers
4.4 (8 ratings)
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What's Learned Excellence about?

Learned Excellence (2024) offers a comprehensive guide to the five mental disciplines necessary for peak performance. It provides principles and practices used by top athletes, military personnel, and business executives to attain excellence – professionally and personally.

Who should read Learned Excellence?

  • Corporate executives and business leaders
  • Individuals in high-stress professions, such as first responders
  • Anyone striving for excellence in their personal life

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Leadership Books: SYSTEMology by David Jenyns

SYSTEMology

David Jenyns
Create Time, Reduce Errors and Scale Your Profits with Proven Business Systems
4.2 (5 ratings)
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What's SYSTEMology about?

SYSTEMology (2020) explores the critical importance of creating and implementing efficient systems in businesses to improve productivity and ensure consistency. It provides a step-by-step guide for business owners and managers to design processes that automate and streamline operations to reduce reliance on individual team members and enhance overall performance.

Who should read SYSTEMology?

  • Entrepreneurs looking to reduce hands-on involvement
  • Small business owners seeking to scale or sell
  • Business consultants specializing in systems improvement

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Leadership Books: AI for Business Leaders by Michael Ramsay

AI for Business Leaders

Michael Ramsay
A Practical Guide to Business Growth and Success
3.5 (13 ratings)
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What's AI for Business Leaders about?

AI for Business Leaders (2023) unveils the transformative power of artificial intelligence in reshaping business strategies, operations, and competitive landscapes. It guides you through integrating AI into your business, offering strategies for overcoming implementation hurdles, enhancing customer experiences, and achieving sustainable growth. Engage with this comprehensive analysis to unlock AI’s potential in driving your business forward.

Who should read AI for Business Leaders?

  • Tech-savvy entrepreneurs seeking competitive advantages
  • Executives interested in AI-driven operational efficiency
  • Marketing professionals exploring AI for customer engagement

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Leadership Books: CMO to CRO by Mike Geller, Rolly Keenan & Brandi Starr

CMO to CRO

Mike Geller, Rolly Keenan & Brandi Starr
The Revenue Takeover by the Next Generation Executive
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What's CMO to CRO about?

CMO to CRO (2021) presents a groundbreaking approach to transform the role of the Chief Marketing Officer into a powerful force for driving revenue growth and delivering exceptional customer experiences. It offers a roadmap to breaking down departmental silos, aligning customer-facing teams around a common goal, and harnessing the power of CX technology to gain a competitive edge in today’s ever-changing business landscape.

Who should read CMO to CRO?

  • Chief marketing officers looking to expand their influence and drive revenue growth within their organizations
  • Aspiring marketing leaders seeking strategies to advance their careers 
  • Business owners and entrepreneurs seeking to optimize their marketing efforts

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Leadership Books: Coach Builder by Donald Miller

Coach Builder

Donald Miller
How to Build a Profitable Career As a Small-Business Coach
5.0 (3 ratings)
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What's Coach Builder about?

Coach Builder (2024) presents an essential guide for professionals aspiring to transition into the coaching and consulting industry, offering an 8-step strategy designed to ensure success. It’s particularly valuable for those who have realized their current careers don’t offer the security or fulfillment they seek and are looking to leverage their expertise into a profitable consulting career. It outlines practical steps to establish a consulting business, from creating a service menu and attracting ideal clients to setting realistic goals and building supportive communities, making it an indispensable resource for aspiring coaches.

Who should read Coach Builder?

  • Aspiring coaches seeking a career transition
  • Established coaches who want to improve their offerings
  • Personal development enthusiasts exploring new career paths

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What are the Top 10 Leadership books?

Blinkist curators have picked the following:
  • The No Asshole Rule by Robert I. Sutton
  • Give and Take by Adam Grant
  • The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick M. Lencioni
  • Focus by Daniel Goleman
  • Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek
  • Creativity, Inc. by Ed Catmull with Amy Wallace
  • Six Thinking Hats by Edward de Bono
  • The One Minute Manager by Ken Blanchard and Spencer Johnson
  • The Speed of Trust by Stephen M.R. Covey with Rebecca R. Merrill
  • Turn the Ship Around by L. David Marquet

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  • Daniel Goleman
  • Simon Sinek