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Lead The Way Into 2020 With These Titles

Step up your management skills with this year’s books about being a better leader.
by Michael Benninger | Dec 19 2019

From Silicon Valley CEOs to presidents of powerful nations, 2019 saw more than its fair share of shake-ups in the realm of leadership. And while the stories about today’s head honchos are still being written, lessons learned from other modern movers and shakers are readily accessible in today’s top nonfiction.

So, whether you’re looking for a great book to buy the leader in your life, or if you just want to learn about becoming a better boss yourself, here are six of today’s top titles about being a more effective leader.

1. Side Hustle: From Idea to Income in 27 Days by Chris Guillebeau

Learn to launch a profitable side-project without ditching your day job thanks to this book that helps you optimize your finances and find the perfect idea for a part-time business. In its pages, you’ll discover how to unleash your inner entrepreneur and earn instant income with resources already at your disposal. By discovering the dos and don’ts of a successful side hustle, you’ll realize that anyone can create a profitable part-time business without expending too much effort.

2. Real Artists Don’t Starve: Timeless Strategies for Thriving in the New Creative Age by Jeff Goins

Debunking the myth that all artists must starve and suffer for their work, this book explains how we’re in the midst of a new Renaissance that anyone can take advantage of. By embracing the lessons offered in its pages, you can learn to live and thrive off of your art, far more easily than you may have imagined. Through making the most of today’s technology, you too can share your art with the world and abandon any notion of living life as a starving artist.

3. Make Your Bed: Little Things that Can Change Your Life…and Maybe the World by William H. McRaven

Sometimes, the simplest habits, such as making your bed each morning, can have an enormous impact on your quality of life. This guide to transforming your day-to-day is based on lessons a retired Navy SEAL learned during his illustrious military career in Iraq and Afghanistan. By abiding by his invaluable recommendations, readers will discover how to generate more positives outcomes in their lives and accept failure without ever giving up.

4. The 5 Second Rule: Transform Your Life, Work, and Confidence with Everyday Courage by Mel Robbins

Our habits, mindsets, and personality traits are all flexible and subject to change throughout our lives. And this transformative guide to taking action teaches readers how to change their behavior and live with less fear and more courage. Through easy-to-remember, instantly effective tips, you’ll learn to take control of your life and start pursuing your dreams today. It’s all based around a simple tool that serves as an invaluable weapon in the battle against procrastination. Becoming a better you is as easy as counting down from five, and once you accept this truth, you can redefine your life for good.

5. Blue Ocean Shift – Beyond Competing: Proven Steps to Inspire Confidence and Seize New Growth by W. Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne

Typical organizations operate amid a “red ocean” of overcrowded, unhealthy competition. But, thankfully, there’s a way to escape such troublesome atmospheres and advance into “blue oceans” that are much more liberating. By following the four traits and step-by-step advice outlined in this guide, you can break free from the competitive nature of crammed industries and open up entirely new worlds of opportunity.

6. Perennial Seller: The Art of Making and Marketing Work that Lasts by Ryan Holiday

Whether you want to write a book, develop an app, or invent an unforgettable product, this book will teach you to create a continuously selling product and leave behind a legacy the world will remember long after you’re gone. By learning how to ensure your great creative effort also succeeds in the market, you can generate long-term success and cement your status as a creative individual. From the initial spark of creativity to seeing your idea through to completion, Perennial Seller explains exactly what it takes to thrive in an industries driven by newness.

See a title that piques your curiosity? Launch the Blinkist app today to take a deeper dive into any of these best-selling books. With thousands of titles in dozens of categories, our library makes it easy to learn from today’s best book in the time it takes to drink a cup of coffee. So why wait to learn about becoming a better leader, when it’s easier than ever to discover the secrets of success?

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