Lesson 21: 5 Fantastic Must Read Leadership Books
5 Fantastic Must Read Leadership Books
5 Fantastic Must Read Leadership Books:
- The Power Of The Other by Dr. Henry Cloud. While at a break at a leadership conference, I was checking out all of the books for sale. Most of the books I looked at were about strategies, continuous improvement, and data. The Power of The Other caught my attention because of its focus on people. The premise that your success or your failure is not just about you. Your success or your failure has everything to do with the influence of other lives on you. That reality was hard for me to read because I like to think that I am in control of my life. I read this book, and realized that in many ways I am not in control of my life. That notion is both freeing and daunting. The startling effect other people have on you, from the boardroom to the bedroom and beyond – and what to do about it. This is a fantastic, well-written, and easy to read book. I am so glad that I picked it up – you should too.
- Grit by Angela Duckworth. “And here is the really important thing. Grit is about working on something you care about so much that you’re willing to stay loyal to it.” I enjoyed this book immensely because it is written from a research driven psychologist’s perspective. It is not fluffy. Chapter titles like: How Gritty Are You? Parenting For Grit. A Culture of Grit. This is a book about the secret to success, but, more importantly, how to get it. For nearly two decades, I have advocated that one of the keys to success that people must have is persistence, tenacity, and now – grit.
- Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell. I wish I would have read Outliers before my son entered kindergarten, but the book was not out then. If I would have known, I would have held him back another year. The research Gladwell uses to explain outlier events is impressive. He argues that it does matter what year you were born to be a Silicon Valley billionaire to a successful pilot. Interestingly, Part Two of the Outliers revolves around the core theme of legacy. Nice! So, Gladwell presents and argues his thesis points in Part One, and then, in a roundabout way offers points of application and implementation. Love it.
- Launching a Leadership Revolution by Chris Brady and Orrin Woodward. Many years ago, I was given this book by a friend who was trying to get me involved in a multi-level marketing company. Therefore, the book sat on a shelf for a number of months. When I finally got around to reading it, I was thoroughly impressed. In fact, I use many quotes from this book including this one, “As a tiny campfire grows into a large bonfire with increased fuel and oxygen supply, so too does a revolution grow in power and potency as fundamental changes are made and the results of those changes begin to surface.” Sounds a lot like Fantastic Lessons! Influence. One person at a time! Great leadership book.
- Good to Great by Jim Collins. By now if you have not heard of Good to Great you must be living under a rock! To be honest though, I am hesitant to bring it up because it has been discussed so much. I have to. Even though this is essentially a business book, and I am not in big business – this book inspired my leadership and changed my thinking. Specifically, I love Collin’s views on having a laserlike focus and cutting the chaff. I also was moved that many great companies are great because of passion and purpose. Maybe that is not a novel concept, but so many people do what they do only because of a paycheck. Collin’s argues that you are wasting a huge chunk of your life if you are not passionate about what you do, and I completely agree. Good to Great is a classic, and for a darn good reason.
- Which book are you going to read from Blog 21?
- Which book are you going to read from this Lesson?
- Which book(s) would you add?