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The 24 Things All Leaders Need to be Doing (Updated: 2024)

The world of work moves fast, especially for those at the top. Here’s what leaders are planning to do in 2024, and how you can use Blinkist to do the same.
by Vanessa Gibbs | Dec 4 2023

Former U.S. President Harry Truman once said, “Not all readers become leaders, but all leaders must be readers.” As a leader, reading is one of the most powerful ways to learn new things, expose yourself to new ideas, and stay up to date on important topics and skills. The best leaders are always learning and improving – whether it’s about management techniques, marketing, communication, or time management, growth is always on their radar.

“Blinkist is spoiling us and I am 100% here for it – 2024 is going to be the year of the Bite-Sized Book Club for sure! #LeadershipDevelopment”

-Roxy Allen, Talent Development Manager

The good news is, growth doesn’t need to take a lot of time! Blinkist is an app that helps people quickly discover powerful ideas – in just 15 minutes.

Blinkist gathers insights from nonfiction books and shares them in 15-minute reads and listens. There are 6,500 books to choose from across 27 categories like leadership, psychology, and productivity.

“I read a lot of management, self-improvement, and entrepreneurial books through Blinkist because I can gain specific knowledge on my industry or on ways to improve myself.”
– Steven Renwick, CPO of Regis24

These bite-sized explainers, called Blinks, help busy leaders learn everything they need to know to help themselves—and their team—succeed.

Want to upgrade your leadership skills in 2024? Here are a few lessons from our favorite leadership Blinks. Discover all of the powerful ideas from the 24 Blinks in the Blinkist app.


1. Give Honest Feedback

In Radical Candor, Kim Scott shares how her boss at Google once gave her honest and direct feedback on a presentation.

Scott advises that instead of sugar-coating feedback, you as a leader should clearly state how a team member can improve something. It may sound blunt, but most people actually appreciate clear communication. This candid approach ensures the feedback isn’t lost, and team members know exactly what they need to do to improve.

2. Add Humor to Your Leadership

Leading with Love and Laughter by Zina Sutch and Patrick Malone dives into how laughter in a team can boost engagement, social connection, and even productivity. Humor can also help leaders be more approachable and relatable to their team.

How do you bring humor into your management style? Sutch and Malone suggest not taking yourself too seriously, but not scripting humor either. Instead, be yourself and slip a joke or light-hearted comment into everything from a Zoom meeting to an end-of-year budget analysis.

3. Grow Trust

A key insight from Dare to Lead by Brené Brown is that most people consider themselves to be trustworthy, but only trust a select few colleagues. As a leader, it’s important to nurture trust in your team.

Brown and her researchers came up with BRAVING to help leaders do exactly this. BRAVING are the seven behaviors that encourage trust:

Vault — or not sharing private information about others

4. Win Over Key Players on Your Team

The Making of a Leader by Tom Young explores the idea of “cultural architects,” or the most-respected team members who others look to for guidance. Once you’ve identified your team’s cultural architects, you should work to build a strong relationship with them through open communication.

Focus on winning these people over, and they’ll help you implement changes, boost your credibility within the team, and eventually win over everyone else, too.

5. Be a Leader and a Coach

If coaching junior colleagues sounds like yet another thing on your to-do list, think again. Lead Like a Coach by Karen Morley explains how a coaching approach to leadership helps the team and the leader grow.

Morley argues that leaders who coach actually have less to stress about because they delegate the small day-to-day tasks to focus on the big picture. Instead of hoarding power, coaches share power with their team and give them responsibilities and autonomy on projects, which also boosts morale.

Thousands of Other Topics

Blinkist’s library of 6,500 titles covers endless ideas for how leaders can up their game. The library is always growing, too, as the team adds 40 new books each week.

A Book Explained in 15 Minutes

Want to discover ideas like this even with a busy schedule? Blinkist shares only the most important parts of a book — think fresh insights, helpful hacks, and memorable anecdotes — in just 15 minutes.

Explainers are available in audio form, too, so you can listen while on your commute, lunch break walk, or doing chores around the house.

“Just brilliant. 3 books a day during my commute is an easy and convenient way to keep adding to my skills. A great app with some of the best business/leadership insight around. I have been recommending this widely to colleagues who believe they are too busy to plan and complete personal growth activities.”
— 5-star review.

Join millions of other leaders and download Blinkist to start listening today!

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