Leaders are readers. Every year thousands of books are published around leadership development. There are millions of books to choose from. Yet there are essentially some titles, which are, must reads, if you want to develop leadership skills.
There are many greats books omitted from this list. But ‘crashcoursemba’ editors have picked the top five that’s relevant for today’s times.
On number five is Dale Carnegies classic title How to win friend sand influence people. Since leadership is about influencing people, what could be better to develop a mindset of an influencer, than this work which has sold over 30 millions copies worldwide.
In Win Friends Carnegie shows you how to make other people feel important and communicate with people in a meaningful way. Making solid human connections and dealing with different people is a huge part of a leadership role and this books shows you how.
On number four is John C Maxwell’s ‘Five levels of leadership’. John C Maxwell has written over a dozen books on leadership including the 21 laws of leadership, but the five levels of leadership teaches how a person with title can become a person of influence and reach the pinnacle of leadership that everyone wants to follow.
On number three is the book ‘multipliers’ by Liz Wiseman. This book clearly deals with two types of leadership style, the diminishers who drains capabilities and the multipliers who amplify and produce best results.
After analyzing data from more than 150 leaders, Wiseman and McKeown have identified five disciplines that distinguish Multipliers from Diminishers.
The book helps managers to become a better leader by becoming talent magnets as opposed to empire builder, think like liberators and not like tyrants, set direction being a challenger than a know it all type, make decisions by being a debate maker rather than arbitrary decision maker and delegate ownership and accountability being an investor in people rather than being a micromanager. The book is an honest account of true leadership development by becoming a people multiplier.
On number two is Patrick Lincioni’s ‘The advantage’. The book is about developing organizational health and it’s a great though because the primary job of a leader is to develop the health of an organization. Because without health, there is no performance, and no results. Simply put, an organization is healthy when it is whole, consistent and complete, when its management, operations and culture are unified. Healthy organizations outperform their counterparts, are free of politics and confusion and provide an environment where star performers never want to leave.
In the number one position is Simon Sinek’s ‘start with a why’. ‘How great leaders inspire action’ is one of the most popular Ted Talks of all time having more that 3.3 billion views. After studying great leaders and brands, Simon Sinek has concluded that individuals and organizations that can communicate effectively on why they do what they do can inspire people. The books deals with how you can inspire people to act and get delves deeper into the core of human motivation that’s powered by purpose. The book also gives a broad view on developing market leadership and brand leadership other than developing personal leadership.
So there you have it, five must reads on leadership. If there is a book you think is compelling to be part of the list pleas leave your comments below.