I am frequently asked to recommend books, so I’m excited to share some of my top leadership books with you. My life and leadership are still greatly impacted by books. My office and home are overflowing with books read and books I am anxious to open. Reading is an essential part of any leaders development. This list of books has made me a better leader and is on my top list of recommended resources as I coach new leaders.Reading is an essential part of every leader's development. What are some of your favorite books? Click To Tweet
My Favorite Leadership Books
Seasons of a Leaders Life by Jeff Iorg — This leadership book is perfect for any leader, helping you map a growth plan for the future. Iorg does a great job describing each stage of leadership (lessons for emerging leaders, priorities for active leaders and convictions for maturing leaders) through the lens of the Apostle Peter. Your leadership matters in each season and matters for the generations to come. This is a must read for any leader!Your leadership matters in each season and matters for the generations to come. Click To Tweet
The Painful Side of Leadership: Moving Forward Even When It Hurts by Jeff Iorg — There is pain in leadership. If you have lead for any period of time, you have pain in your story. If you’re a leader who’s experienced painful circumstances or choices, then this book is for you. Iorg uses biblical insights and practical strategies to help you deal with the pain and move forward again. Your leadership matters too much for you to give up. This book will remind you of God’s grace and the gift of His hope.Your leadership matters too much for you to give up. This book will remind you of God’s grace. Click To Tweet
The First 90 Days: Proven Strategies for Getting Up to Speed Faster and Smarter by Michael Watkins — This is a book you’ve heard me talk about several times here on the blog and on the podcast, and it is perfect for a leader who is assuming a new leadership position or a leader who wants to reset his/her leadership. It’s filled with practical steps to help you map out an action plan for the first day, first week, first month, and first 90 days of your leadership. I have used this in my own leadership and it works!
Leading Change by John P. Kotter — No matter what leadership role you are in or aspire to be in, your ability to lead change will make all the difference in your success. In this classic book by Kotter, he details his eight-step process for managing successful change. This is a book you will return to often over your years as a leader. Every step in this change process matters and you will want to check them off as you lead your team and your organization to the future.No matter what your leadership role is, your ability to lead change will make all the difference. Click To Tweet
Now, Discover Your Strengths by Marcus Buckingham and Donald O. Clifton — This incredible program, which consists of the book and an online assessment, help leaders at any stage in their career identify their strengths and talents. These strengths are outlined in the book and you are given detailed advice on how to use your strengths to lead and to build a team that complements your leadership strengths.
Break All the Rules by Marcus Buckingham and Donald O. Clifton — This book will give you insight and understanding about the people you lead, how to motivate, build on strengths, develop people, and find the right match with people and work. This book is research based and has twelve simple questions that work to distinguish great teams. If you or anyone on your team leads/manages people, this is a must read!
What are your favorite leadership books? I’d love to hear!