What does it take to be a great leader? How can you invoke your team’s best qualities? How can you create the best team for your organization? We have a few ideas to help you get started! Here’s a list of amazing books on leadership, from this year alone, that will cultivate your skills.
1. Mastering Civility: A Manifesto for the Workplace By Christine Porath
Christine Porath, a Georgetown MBA professor, based her book on research and explains how you can be a more effective leader. She details the precise daily events that chip away at the heart of a team. The book teaches leaders on how to identify and put an end to destructive trends and become the leader your team needs to be its most productive.
2. Option B By Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant
Sheryl Sandberg, the COO of Facebook co-authored this book with Adam Grant a Wharton professor. It’s unclear who does the heavy lifting, as it speaks as a single voice. Option B tackles the hardships many leaders face. The stress of leadership can be grueling, but how do you overcome it? This book is your answer, to staying a leader despite the stresses you face.
3. Radical Candor By Kim Scott
Kim Scott, a former Google executive is currently a CEO coach in Silicon Valley. She believes we should be using candor when evaluating performance. In her book, she expresses the idea of a sweet spot between being an aggressive leader and a nice leader.
4. The Power of Positive Leadership by Jon Gordon
What is the best approach to being a great leader? What does it take? In this book, Jon Gordon explains you can untie your team through adversity with positive leadership and create a better company culture. Read this book to see how you can employ these tactics to your team.
5. The Captain Class: The Driving Force Behind the World’s Greatest Teams By Sam Walker
This book employs the ideas on how great sports team operate. No one can argue that sports definitely create an environment for great teamwork. What leadership qualities create an environment to get more from your team and improve the cooperation of its members? This book touches on unconventional methods that you can use for your leadership arsenal.
6. The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You And Your Greatness by Lolly Daskal
In this book, Daskal shares patterns of powerful leaders and their obstacles to achieving greatness. Find out what your leadership archetype is, and discover incredible insights shared in the book about industry leaders, board room meetings. Apply her system for proven business results.
7. Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t by Simon Sinek
Sinek is no stranger to leadership, as evidenced by his critically acclaimed books and TED Talks all on the subject of leadership. In his latest book, Sinek explains how great leaders inspire action within their teams by building an atmosphere of group cohesion.
8. Leadership: The 100 Best Ways To Be A Great Leader by Ace McCloud
This book is perfect for those searching for real ways to learn about being a great leader. McCloud’s book will help you discover your strengths and work on your weaknesses to become a more effective leader. The strategies, tips, and best practices highlighted by this book will work their way into your life through hard work and practice.
9. POWER OVER THE PILLOW: 7 SECRETS TO MASTER YOUR GOALS, ACHIEVE SUCCESS AND BECOME UNSTOPPABLE: Create More Time, Develop Habits and Systems That Win by Stephen Toroni
Toroni’s book is great for creating strategic plans to achieve your goals and improve your leadership skills. Complete activities and learn step-by-step ways to accomplish your goals and take control over your outcomes. Don’t let the All-Caps title scare you, Toroni isn’t mad, he just writes that way!
These, of course, are not all the great leadership books of 2017, especially since we haven’t even finished the year. This is just a collection of the best books out this year to help hone your skills and to create a better year for your company and your career. Have I missed any?
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