30 Books to make you a better leader
Every day it seems there’s new advice for how to better manage and grow your business. But who’s got time to filter through all the nonsense and actually digest the worthy information?
When you’re leading a business, even considering putting “reading” on your to-do list can be a challenge. No, I’m not talking about penciling in time for your favorite fiction novel. While it may seem hard to believe, the simple act of reading can provide you with an opportunity to expand your leadership and business knowledge. The end result: a positive transform for you and the business you lead.
Building your business library involves some research and a few recommendations. Don’t sweat it — I’ve put together a list of 30 books that are sure to inspire you to become a better business leader and also impact the bottom line of your business…today and for the future.
Here are my recommendations to add to your reading list:
How To Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie
Rework by Jason Fried & David H. Hansson
The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich by Timothy Ferriss
The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses by Eric Ries
Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel H. Pink
Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap… and Others Don’t by Jim Collins
The Three Big Questions for a Frantic Family: A Leadership Fable About Restoring Sanity To The Most Important Organization In Your Life by Patrick Lencioni
Permission Marketing: Turning Strangers Into Friends And Friends Into Customers by Seth Godin
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
Leadership and Self-Deception: Getting out of the Box by Arbinger Institute
True North: Discover Authentic Leadership by Bill George
Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard by Chip and Dan Heath
The Innovator’s Dilemma: The Revolutionary Book That Will Change the Way You Do Business by Clayton M. Christensen
Quiet Leadership: Six Steps to Transforming Performance at Work by David Rock
The Twelve Absolutes of Leadership by Gary Burnison
The Rare Find: Spotting Exceptional Talent Before Everyone Else by George Anders
Built to Sell: Creating a Business That Can Thrive Without You by John Warrilow
Leading Change by John Kotter
The 5 Levels of Leadership: Proven Steps to Maximize Your Potential by John C. Maxwell
Wooden on Leadership: How to Create a Winning Organization by John Wooden
Strategic Leadership: The General’s Art by Mark Grandstaff and Georgia Sorenson
First, Break All the Rules by Marcus Buckingham
The Emperor’s Handbook by Marcus Aurelius
The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference by Malcolm Gladwell
The E-Myth: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It by Michael Gerber
Liar’s Poker by Michael Lewis
The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World by Niall Ferguson
What Color is Your Parachute? by Richard Bolles
Giants of Enterprise by Richard Tedlow
Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert Cialdini
What book has helped you become a better business leader?
About Ilya Pozin:
Founder of Ciplex. Columnist for Inc, Forbes & LinkedIn. Gadget lover, investor, mentor, husband, father, and ’30 Under 30′ entrepreneur. Follow Ilya below to stay up-to-date with his articles and updates!