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“What are the best books about Leadership & For Leaders?” We looked at 272 of the top Leadership books, aggregating and ranking them so we could answer that very question!

The top 36 titles, all appearing on 3 or more “Best Leadership” book lists, are ranked below by how many lists they appear on. The remaining 200+ titles, as well as the lists we used are in alphabetical order at the bottom of the page.

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Top 36 Books AboutLeadership And Leading



36 .) Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion and Purpose written by Tony Hsieh

Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion and Purpose

Lists It Appears On:

  • INC
  • Lifehack
  • Matt Morris

You want to learn about the path that we took at Zappos to get to over $1 billion in gross merchandise sales in less than ten years. You want to learn about the path I took that eventually led me to Zappos, and the lessons I learned along the way. You want to learn from all the mistakes we made at Zappos over the years so that your business can avoid making some of the same ones. You want to figure out the right balance of profits, passion, and purpose in business and in life. You want to build a long-term, enduring business and brand. You want to create a stronger company culture, which will make your employees and coworkers happier and create more employee engagement, leading to higher productivity. You want to deliver a better customer experience, which will make your customers happier and create more customer loyalty, leading to increased profits. You want to build something special. You want to find inspiration and happiness in work and in life. You ran out of firewood for your fireplace. This book makes an excellent fire-starter.



35 .) Developing the Leader Within You written by John C. Maxwell

Developing the Leader Within You

Lists It Appears On:

  • CEO
  • Goodreads
  • Matt Morris

Developing the LeaderWithin You is Dr. Maxwell’s first and most enduring leadership book, havingsold more than one million copies. In this Christian Leaders Series edition ofthis Maxwell classic, you will discover the biblical foundation for leadershipthat John Maxwell has used as a pastor and business leader for more than fortyyears. These same principles and practices are available for everyday leadersin every walk of life. It is a lofty calling to lead a group—a family, achurch, a nonprofi t, a business—and the timeless principles in this book willbring positive change in your life and in the lives of those around you. You will learn: The True Definition of Leader. “Leadership is influence.That’s it. Nothing more; nothing less.” The Traits of Leadership. “Leadership is not an exclusiveclub for those who were ‘born with it.’ The traits that are the raw materialsof leadership can be acquired. Link them up with desire, and nothing can keep youfrom becoming a leader.” The Difference Between Management and Leadership. “Makingsure the work is done by others is the accomplishment of a manager. Inspiring othersto do better work is the accomplishment of a leader.” God has called every believer to influence others, to besalt and light. Developing the LeaderWithin You will equip you to improve your leadership and inspire others.



34 .) Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win written by Jocko Willink

Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win

Lists It Appears On:

  • Entrepreneur
  • Goodreads
  • The CEO LIbrary

In gripping firsthand accounts of heroism, tragic loss, and hard-won victories in SEAL Team Three’s Task Unit Bruiser, they learned that leadership—at every level—is the most important factor in whether a team succeeds or fails.Willink and Babin returned home from deployment and instituted SEAL leadership training that helped forge the next generation of SEAL leaders. After departing the SEAL Teams, they launched Echelon Front, a company that teaches these same leadership principles to businesses and organizations. From promising startups to Fortune 500 companies, Babin and Willink have helped scores of clients across a broad range of industries build their own high-performance teams and dominate their battlefields. Now, detailing the mind-set and principles that enable SEAL units to accomplish the most difficult missions in combat, Extreme Ownership shows how to apply them to any team, family or organization. Each chapter focuses on a specific topic such as Cover and Move, Decentralized Command, and Leading Up the Chain, explaining what they are, why they are important, and how to implement them in any leadership environment. A compelling narrative with powerful instruction and direct application, Extreme Ownership revolutionizes business management and challenges leaders everywhere to fulfill their ultimate purpose: lead and win.



33 .) Flying Without a Net written by Thomas J. DeLong

Flying Without a Net

Lists It Appears On:

  • Best Value Schools
  • Business Insider
  • She Leads Africa

Named one of 100 Leadership & Success Books to Read in a Lifetime by Amazon Editors Confronted by omnipresent threats of job loss and change, even the brightest among us are anxious. In response, we’re hunkering down, blocking ourselves from new challenges. This response hurts us and our organizations, but we fear making ourselves even more vulnerable by committing mistakes while learning something new. In Flying Without a Net, Thomas DeLong explains how to draw strength from vulnerability. First, understand the forces that escalate anxiety in high achievers and the unproductive behaviors you turn to for relief. Then adopt practices that give you the courage to “do the right things poorly” before “doing the right things well.” Drawing on his extensive research and consulting work, DeLong lays out: – Roots of high achievers’ anxiety: fear of being wrong and lack of a sense of purpose, and a craving for human connection – Destructive behaviors we adopt to relieve our anxiety: busyness, comparing ourselves to others, and blaming others for our frustrations – Behaviors we must adopt to gain strength from vulnerability: putting the past behind us and seeking honest feedback Packed with practical advice and inspiring stories, Flying Without a Net is an invaluable resource for all leaders seeking to thrive in this Age of Anxiety.



32 .) It’s Your Ship: Management Techniques from the Best Damn Ship in the Navy written by D. Michael Abrashoff

It’s Your Ship: Management Techniques from the Best Damn Ship in the Navy

Lists It Appears On:

  • Insperity
  • Joan Garry
  • On Point Consulting LLC

When Captain Abrashoff took over as commander of USS Benfold, it was like a business that had all the latest technology but only some of the productivity. Knowing that responsibility for improving performance rested with him, he realized he had to improve his own leadership skills before he could improve his ship. Within months, he created a crew of confident and inspired problem-solvers eager to take the initiative and responsibility for their actions. The slogan on board became “It’s your ship,” and Benfold was soon recognized far and wide as a model of naval efficiency.



31 .) Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die written by Chip Heath

Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die

Lists It Appears On:

  • Everyday Power Blog
  • Goodreads
  • Joan Garry

The instant classic about why some ideas thrive, why others die, and how to improve your idea’s chances–essential reading in the “fake news” era. Mark Twain once observed, “A lie can get halfway around the world before the truth can even get its boots on.” His observation rings true: Urban legends, conspiracy theories, and bogus news stories circulate effortlessly. Meanwhile, people with important ideas–entrepreneurs, teachers, politicians, and journalists–struggle to make them “stick.” In Made to Stick, Chip and Dan Heath reveal the anatomy of ideas that stick and explain ways to make ideas stickier, such as applying the human scale principle, using the Velcro Theory of Memory, and creating curiosity gaps. Along the way, we discover that sticky messages of all kinds–from the infamous “kidney theft ring” hoax to a coach’s lessons on sportsmanship to a vision for a new product at Sony–draw their power from the same six traits. Made to Stick will transform the way you communicate. It’s a fast-paced tour of success stories (and failures): the Nobel Prize-winning scientist who drank a glass of bacteria to prove a point about stomach ulcers; the charities who make use of the Mother Teresa Effect; the elementary-school teacher whose simulation actually prevented racial prejudice. Provocative, eye-opening, and often surprisingly funny, Made to Stick shows us the vital principles of winning ideas–and tells us how we can apply these rules to making our own messages stick.



30 .) On Becoming a Leader written by Warren Bennis

On Becoming a Leader

Lists It Appears On:

  • Guthrie Jensen
  • Matt Morris
  • Wall Street Mojo

With a new introduction by the authorWarren Bennis’s formative years, in the 1930s and ’40s, were characterized by severe economic hardship and a world war that showcased the extreme depths and heights to which leaders could drive their followers. Today’s environment is similarly chaotic, turbulent, and uncertain. On Becoming a Leader has served for nearly fifteen years as a beacon of insight, delving into the qualities that define leadership, the people who exemplify it, and the strategies that anyone can apply to become an effective leader. This new edition features a provocative introduction on the challenges and opportunities facing leaders today, with additional updates and current references throughout.



29 .) Strengths Based Leadership: Great Leaders, Teams, and Why People Follow: A Landmark Study of Great Leaders, Teams, and the Reasons Why We Follow written by Tom Rath

Strengths Based Leadership: Great Leaders, Teams, and Why People Follow: A Landmark Study of Great Leaders, Teams, and the Reasons Why We Follow

Lists It Appears On:

  • CEO
  • Goodreads
  • Meaningful HQ

Nearly a decade ago, Gallup unveiled the results of a landmark 30-year research project that ignited a global conversation on the topic of strengths. More than 19 million people have since taken Gallup’s StrengthsFinder assessment, which forms the core of several books on this topic, including the #1 international bestseller StrengthsFinder 2.0.



28 .) Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln written by Doris Kearns Goodwin

Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

Lists It Appears On:

  • CEO
  • Goodreads
  • Lifehack

Acclaimed historian Doris Kearns Goodwin illuminates Abraham Lincoln’s political genius in this highly original work, as the one-term congressman and prairie lawyer rises from obscurity to prevail over three gifted rivals of national reputation to become president. On May 18, 1860, William H. Seward, Salmon P. Chase, Edward Bates, and Abraham Lincoln waited in their hometowns for the results from the Republican National Convention in Chicago. When Lincoln emerged as the victor, his rivals were dismayed and angry. Throughout the turbulent 1850s, each had energetically sought the presidency as the conflict over slavery was leading inexorably to secession and civil war. That Lincoln succeeded, Goodwin demonstrates, was the result of a character that had been forged by experiences that raised him above his more privileged and accomplished rivals. He won because he possessed an extraordinary ability to put himself in the place of other men, to experience what they were feeling, to understand their motives and desires. It was this capacity that enabled Lincoln as president to bring his disgruntled opponents together, create the most unusual cabinet in history, and marshal their talents to the task of preserving the Union and winning the war. We view the long, horrifying struggle from the vantage of the White House as Lincoln copes with incompetent generals, hostile congressmen, and his raucous cabinet. He overcomes these obstacles by winning the respect of his former competitors, and in the case of Seward, finds a loyal and crucial friend to see him through. This brilliant multiple biography is centered on Lincoln’s mastery of men and how it shaped the most significant presidency in the nation’s history.



27 .) The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People written by Stephen R. Covey

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Lists It Appears On:

  • Blinkist
  • Goodreads
  • Meaningful HQ

One of the most inspiring and impactful books ever written, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People has captivated readers for 25 years. It has transformed the lives of Presidents and CEOs, educators and parents— in short, millions of people of all ages and occupations.



26 .) The Emperor’s Handbook: A New Translation of the Meditations written by Marcus Aurelius

The Emperor’s Handbook: A New Translation of the Meditations

Lists It Appears On:

  • CEO
  • HBR
  • She Leads Africa

The Emperor’s Handbook offers a vivid and fresh translation of this important piece of ancient literature. It brings Marcus’s words to life and shows his wisdom to be as relevant today as it was in the second century. This book belongs on the desk and in the briefcase of every business executive, political leader, and military officer. It speaks to the soul of anyone who has ever exercised authority or faced adversity or believed in a better day.



25 .) The Five Dysfunctions Of A Team: A Leadership Fable written by Patrick Lencioni

The Five Dysfunctions Of A Team: A Leadership Fable

Lists It Appears On:

  • Forbes
  • Goodreads
  • Wall Street Mojo

In The Five Dysfunctions of a Team Patrick Lencioni once again offers a leadership fable that is as enthralling and instructive as his first two best-selling books, The Five Temptations of a CEO and The Four Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive. This time, he turns his keen intellect and storytelling power to the fascinating, complex world of teams. Kathryn Petersen, Decision Tech’s CEO, faces the ultimate leadership crisis: Uniting a team in such disarray that it threatens to bring down the entire company. Will she succeed? Will she be fired? Will the company fail? Lencioni’s utterly gripping tale serves as a timeless reminder that leadership requires as much courage as it does insight. Throughout the story, Lencioni reveals the five dysfunctions which go to the very heart of why teams even the best ones-often struggle. He outlines a powerful model and actionable steps that can be used to overcome these common hurdles and build a cohesive, effective team. Just as with his other books, Lencioni has written a compelling fable with a powerful yet deceptively simple message for all those who strive to be exceptional team leaders.



24 .) The Lean Startup written by Eric Ries

The Lean Startup

Lists It Appears On:

  • Addicted 2 Success
  • Entrepreneur
  • Small Biz Trends

Most startups fail. But many of those failures are preventable. The Lean Startup is a new approach being adopted across the globe, changing the way companies are built and new products are launched. Eric Ries defines a startup as an organization dedicated to creating something new under conditions of extreme uncertainty. This is just as true for one person in a garage or a group of seasoned professionals in a Fortune 500 boardroom. What they have in common is a mission to penetrate that fog of uncertainty to discover a successful path to a sustainable business. The Lean Startup approach fosters companies that are both more capital efficient and that leverage human creativity more effectively. Inspired by lessons from lean manufacturing, it relies on “validated learning,” rapid scientific experimentation, as well as a number of counter-intuitive practices that shorten product development cycles, measure actual progress without resorting to vanity metrics, and learn what customers really want. It enables a company to shift directions with agility, altering plans inch by inch, minute by minute. Rather than wasting time creating elaborate business plans, The Lean Startup offers entrepreneurs – in companies of all sizes – a way to test their vision continuously, to adapt and adjust before it’s too late. Ries provides a scientific approach to creating and managing successful startups in a age when companies need to innovate more than ever.



23 .) The Obstacle is The Way written by Ryan Holiday

The Obstacle is The Way

Lists It Appears On:

  • Forbes Books
  • Meaningful HQ
  • Stagen

“The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way.” — Marcus Aurelius We are stuck, stymied, frustrated. But it needn’t be this way. There is a formula for success that’s been followed by the icons of history—from John D. Rockefeller to Amelia Earhart to Ulysses S. Grant to Steve Jobs—a formula that let them turn obstacles into opportunities. Faced with impossible situations, they found the astounding triumphs we all seek. These men and women were not exceptionally brilliant, lucky, or gifted. Their success came from timeless philosophical principles laid down by a Roman emperor who struggled to articulate a method for excellence in any and all situations. This book reveals that formula for the first time—and shows us how we can turn our own adversity into advantage.



22 .) True North: Discover Your Authentic Leadership written by Bill George and Peter Sims

True North: Discover Your Authentic Leadership

Lists It Appears On:

  • CEO
  • HBR
  • Norwich

True North shows how anyone who follows their internal compass can become an authentic leader. This leadership tour de force is based on research and first-person interviews with 125 of today’s top leaders—with some surprising results. In this important book, acclaimed former Medtronic CEO Bill George and coauthor Peter Sims share the wisdom of these outstanding leaders and describe how you can develop as an authentic leader.



21 .) Who Moved My Cheese? written by Spencer Johnson

Who Moved My Cheese?

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Guthrie Jensen
  • Top Education Degrees

Written by Spencer Johnson, coauthor of The One Minute Manager, this enlightening and amusing story illustrates the vital importance of being able to deal with unexpected change. Who Moved My Cheese? is often distributed by managers to employees as a motivational tool, but the lessons it teaches can benefit literally anyone, young or old, rich or poor, looking for less stress and more success in every aspect of work and life.



20 .) Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead written by Brené Brown

Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Lifehack
  • The Good Trade
  • The Muse

Researcher and thought leader Dr. Brené Brown offers a powerful new vision that encourages us to dare greatly: to embrace vulnerability and imperfection, to live wholeheartedly, and to courageously engage in our lives. “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; . . . who at best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.” —Theodore Roosevelt Every day we experience the uncertainty, risks, and emotional exposure that define what it means to be vulnerable, or to dare greatly. Whether the arena is a new relationship, an important meeting, our creative process, or a difficult family conversation, we must find the courage to walk into vulnerability and engage with our whole hearts. In Daring Greatly, Dr. Brown challenges everything we think we know about vulnerability. Based on twelve years of research, she argues that vulnerability is not weakness, but rather our clearest path to courage, engagement, and meaningful connection. The book that Dr. Brown’s many fans have been waiting for, Daring Greatly will spark a new spirit of truth—and trust—in our organizations, families, schools, and communities.



19 .) Man’s Search for Meaning written by Viktor E. Frankl

Man’s Search for Meaning

Lists It Appears On:

  • Forbes
  • HBR
  • Lifehack
  • Wall Street Mojo

Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl’s memoir has riveted generations of readers with its descriptions of life in Nazi death camps and its lessons for spiritual survival. Based on his own experience and the stories of his patients, Frankl argues that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward with renewed purpose. At the heart of his theory, known as logotherapy, is a conviction that the primary human drive is not pleasure but the pursuit of what we find meaningful. Man’s Search for Meaning has become one of the most influential books in America; it continues to inspire us all to find significance in the very act of living.



18 .) Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action written by Simon Sinek

Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Joan Garry
  • Meaningful HQ
  • The CEO LIbrary

Why do you do what you do? Why are some people and organizations more innovative, more influential, and more profitable than others? Why do some command greater loyalty from customers and employees alike? Even among the successful, why are so few able to repeat their success over and over? People like Martin Luther King Jr., Steve Jobs, and the Wright Brothers might have little in common, but they all started with why. It was their natural ability to start with why that enabled them to inspire those around them and to achieve remarkable things. In studying the leaders who’ve had the greatest influence in the world, Simon Sinek discovered that they all think, act, and communicate in the exact same way—and it’s the complete opposite of what everyone else does. Sinek calls this powerful idea The Golden Circle, and it provides a framework upon which organizations can be built, movements can be lead, and people can be inspired. And it all starts with WHY. Any organization can explain what it does; some can explain how they do it; but very few can clearly articulate why. WHY is not money or profit—those are always results. WHY does your organization exist? WHY does it do the things it does? WHY do customers really buy from one company or another? WHY are people loyal to some leaders, but not others? Starting with WHY works in big business and small business, in the nonprofit world and in politics. Those who start with WHY never manipulate, they inspire. And the people who follow them don’t do so because they have to; they follow because they want to. Drawing on a wide range of real-life stories, Sinek weaves together a clear vision of what it truly takes to lead and inspire. This book is for anyone who wants to inspire others or who wants to find someone to inspire them.



17 .) Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard written by Chip and Dan Heath

Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard

Lists It Appears On:

  • Addicted 2 Success
  • CEO
  • Goodreads
  • Small Biz Trends

Why is change so difficult and frightening? How do you create change when you have few resources and no title or authority to back you up? Chip and Dan Heath, the best-selling authors of Made to Stick, are back with a ground-breaking book that addresses one of the greatest challenges of our personal and professional lives — how to change things when change is hard. In their follow-up book to the critically acclaimed international bestseller Made to Stick, Chip and Dan Heath talk about how difficult change is in our companies, our careers, and our lives, why change is so hard, and how we can overcome our resistance and make change happen. The Heaths liken the human mind to two distinct entities — the animal mind, or what psychologist Jonathan Haidt calls the elephant, and the logical brain, which Haidt describes as the rider. The elephant is instinctive; it acts on emotion. It likes gorging on Oreos and sleeping in. And it loves routines — doing things the same old way, every day. The rider is the planner and thinker. The rider obsesses about the future. He or she wants to stop eating junk food and stop hitting the snooze button. But it’s hard, because when the rider and elephant disagree on where to go, the rider usually loses. And that describes the essential tension between our primitive emotional brain and our high intellect, and helps to explain why changing how we behave is so difficult. The secret to making a switch is understanding this odd couple relationship. Direct the Rider. Motivate the Elephant. Shape the Path. Throughout Switch, Chip and Dan Heath illustrate and explain situations in which sweeping change was adopted, from a university researcher who ended the cycle of child abuse in a group of families, to an entrepreneur who turned his skeptical employees into customer service zealots and saved his company.



16 .) The Innovator’s Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail. written by Clayton M. Christensen

The Innovator’s Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail.

Lists It Appears On:

  • CEO
  • HBR
  • Lifehack
  • Norwich

In this revolutionary bestseller, Harvard professor Clayton M. Christensen says outstanding companies can do everything right and still lose their market leadership, or worse, disappear completely. And he not only proves what he says, he tells others how to avoid a similar fate. Focusing on “disruptive technology” of the Honda Supercub, Intel’s 8088 processor, and the hydraulic excavator, Christensen shows why most companies miss “the next great wave.” Whether in electronics or retailing, a successful company with established products will get pushed aside unless managers know when to abandon traditional business practices. Using the lessons of successes and failures from leading companies, The Innovator’s Dilemma presents a set of rules for capitalizing on the phenomenon of disruptive innovation.



15 .) The One Minute Manager written by Kenneth Blanchard and Spencer Johnson

The One Minute Manager

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Guthrie Jensen
  • Insperity
  • Small Biz Trends

This book teaches the quickest way to increase productivity, profits, job satisfaction, and personal prosperity. It is a revolutionary new management method that is already producing very real results for top managers and Fortune 500 companies nationwide. Many believe that it will soon be recognized as the answer to the nation’s falling productivity — America’s answer to Japan’s Theory Z. The One Minute Manager is an easily read story which quickly shows you three very practical management techniques. As the story unfolds, you will discover several studies in medicine and the behavioral sciences which help you understand why these apparently simple methods work so well with so many people. By the book’s end you will also know how to apply them to your own situation. The book is brief, the language is simple, and the method works. The publisher believes so firmly in the value of The One Minute Manager that we are offering an unprecedented money-back guarantee.



14 .) Tribal Leadership: Leveraging Natural Groups to Build a Thriving Organization written by Dave Logan

Tribal Leadership: Leveraging Natural Groups to Build a Thriving Organization

Lists It Appears On:

  • CEO
  • Goodreads
  • Joan Garry
  • The CEO LIbrary

Within each corporation are anywhere from a few to hundreds of separate tribes. In Tribal Leadership, Dave Logan, John King, and Halee Fischer-Wright demonstrate how these tribes develop—and show you how to assess them and lead them to maximize productivity and growth. A business management book like no other, Tribal Leadership is an essential tool to help managers and business leaders take better control of their organizations by utilizing the unique characteristics of the tribes that exist within.



13 .) Tribes: We Need You To Lead Us written by Seth Godin

Tribes: We Need You To Lead Us

Lists It Appears On:

  • Addicted 2 Success
  • Goodreads
  • Lifehack
  • Small Biz Trends

A tribe is any group of people, large or small, who are connected to one another, a leader, and an idea. For millions of years, humans have been seeking out tribes, be they religious, ethnic, economic, political, or even musical (think of the Deadheads). It’s our nature. Now the Internet has eliminated the barriers of geography, cost, and time. All those blogs and social networking sites are helping existing tribes get bigger. But more important, they’re enabling countless new tribes to be born—groups of ten or ten thousand or ten million who care about their iPhones, or a political campaign, or a new way to fight global warming. And so the key question: Who is going to lead us? The Web can do amazing things, but it can’t provide leadership. That still has to come from individuals—people just like you who have passion about something. The explosion in tribes means that anyone who wants to make a difference now has the tools at her fingertips. If you think leadership is for other people, think again—leaders come in surprising packages. Consider Joel Spolsky and his international tribe of scary-smart software engineers. Or Gary Vaynerhuck, a wine expert with a devoted following of enthusiasts. Chris Sharma leads a tribe of rock climbers up impossible cliff faces, while Mich Mathews, a VP at Microsoft, runs her internal tribe of marketers from her cube in Seattle. All they have in common is the desire to change things, the ability to connect a tribe, and the willingness to lead. If you ignore this opportunity, you risk turning into a “sheepwalker”—someone who fights to protect the status quo at all costs, never asking if obedience is doing you (or your organization) any good. Sheepwalkers don’t do very well these days. Tribes will make you think (really think) about the opportunities in leading your fellow employees, customers, investors, believers, hobbyists, or readers. . . . It’s not easy, but it’s easier than you think.



12 .) Wooden on Leadership: How to Create a Winning Organization written by John Wooden

Wooden on Leadership: How to Create a Winning Organization

Lists It Appears On:

  • CEO
  • Guthrie Jensen
  • Matt Morris
  • The CEO LIbrary

John Wooden’s goal in 41 years of coaching never changed; namely, to get maximum effort and peak performance from each of his players in the manner that best served the team. Wooden on Leadership explains step-by-step how he pursued and accomplished this goal. Focusing on Wooden’s 12 Lessons in Leadership and his acclaimed Pyramid of Success, it outlines the mental, emotional, and physical qualities essential to building a winning organization, and shows you how to develop the skill, confidence, and competitive fire to “be at your best when your best is needed”–and teach your organization to do the same.



11 .) Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion written by Robert Cialdini

Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion

Lists It Appears On:

  • CEO
  • Goodreads
  • HBR
  • Meaningful HQ
  • Norwich

Influence, the classic book on persuasion, explains the psychology of why people say “yes”—and how to apply these understandings. Dr. Robert Cialdini is the seminal expert in the rapidly expanding field of influence and persuasion. His thirty-five years of rigorous, evidence-based research along with a three-year program of study on what moves people to change behavior has resulted in this highly acclaimed book. You’ll learn the six universal principles, how to use them to become a skilled persuader—and how to defend yourself against them. Perfect for people in all walks of life, the principles of Influence will move you toward profound personal change and act as a driving force for your success.



10 .) Leadership and Self-Deception: Getting Out of the Box written by The Arbinger Institute

Leadership and Self-Deception: Getting Out of the Box

Lists It Appears On:

  • Addicted 2 Success
  • Everyday Power Blog
  • Goodreads
  • The CEO LIbrary
  • Wall Street Mojo

The “disease” of self-deception (acting in ways contrary to what one knows is right) underlies all leadership problems in today’s organizations, according to the premise of this work. However well intentioned they may be, leaders who deceive themselves always end up undermining their own performance.This straightforward book explains how leaders can discover their own self-deceptions and learn how to escape destructive patterns. The authors demonstrate that breaking out of these patterns leads to improved teamwork, commitment, trust, communication, motivation, and leadership.



9 .) The Art of War written by Sun Tzu

The Art of War

Lists It Appears On:

  • Best Value Schools
  • CEO
  • Goodreads
  • Guthrie Jensen
  • Matt Morris

Twenty-Five Hundred years ago, Sun Tzu wrote this classic book of military strategy based on Chinese warfare and military thought. Since that time, all levels of military have used the teaching on Sun Tzu to warfare and civilization have adapted these teachings for use in politics, business and everyday life. The Art of War is a book which should be used to gain advantage of opponents in the boardroom and battlefield alike.



8 .) First, Break all the Rules written by Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman

First, Break all the Rules

Lists It Appears On:

  • Best Value Schools
  • Business Insider
  • Goodreads
  • Guthrie Jensen
  • Insperity
  • Volunteer Hub

Gallup presents the remarkable findings of its revolutionary study of more than 80,000 managers in First, Break All the Rules, revealing what the world’s greatest managers do differently. With vital performance and career lessons and ideas for how to apply them, it is a must-read for managers at every level.



7 .) Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t written by Simon Sinek

Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t

Lists It Appears On:

  • Blinkist
  • Goodreads
  • INC
  • Meaningful HQ
  • On Point Consulting LLC
  • SME Strategy

The highly anticipated follow-up to Simon Sinek’s global bestseller Start with Why Simon Sinek is an optimist, a visionary thinker, and a leader of the cultural revolution of WHY. His second book is the natural extension of Start with Why, expanding his ideas at the organizational level. Determining a company’s WHY is crucial, but only the beginning. The next step is how do you get people on board with your WHY? How do you inspire deep trust and commitment to the company and one another? He cites the Marine Corps for having found a way to build a culture in which men and women are willing to risk their lives, because they know others would do the same for them. It’s not brainwashing; it’s actually based on the biology of how and when people are naturally at their best. If businesses could adopt this supportive mentality, employees would be more motivated to take bigger risks, because they’d know their colleagues and company would back them up, no matter what. Drawing on powerful and inspiring stories, Sinek shows how to sustain an organization’s WHY while continually adding people to the mix.



6 .) The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership: Follow Them and People Will Follow You written by John C. Maxwell

The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership: Follow Them and People Will Follow You

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Insperity
  • Meaningful HQ
  • On Point Consulting LLC
  • Small Biz Trends
  • Wall Street Mojo

What would happen if a top expert with more than thirty years of leadership experience were willing to distill everything he had learned about leadership into a handful of life-changing principles just for you? It would change your life. John C. Maxwell has done exactly that in The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership. He has combined insights learned from his thirty-plus years of leadership successes and mistakes with observations from the worlds of business, politics, sports, religion, and military conflict. The result is a revealing study of leadership delivered as only a communicator like Maxwell can.



5 .) The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People written by Stephen R. Covey

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People

Lists It Appears On:

  • CEO
  • Entrepreneur
  • Everyday Power Blog
  • HBR
  • Lifehack
  • Norwich

When Stephen Covey first released The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, the book became an instant rage because people suddenly got up and took notice that their lives were headed off in the wrong direction; and more than that, they realized that there were so many simple things they could do in order to navigate their life correctly. This book was wonderful education for people, education in how to live life effectively and get closer to the ideal of being a ‘success’ in life. But not everyone understands Stephen Covey’s model fully well, or maybe there are some people who haven’t read it yet. This is definitely true because we still see so much failure all around us. Now, I am not saying that by using Covey’s model, or anyone else’s model for that matter, you can become a sure-shot success, but at least we should have seen many more successes around us already judging by the number of copies the book has sold! So, where is the shortcoming? There are two main problems here, and we are talking only about the people who have read the book already. The first problem is that most people are too lazy to implement the ideals of Stephen Covey in their lives. They consider his masterpiece of a book as a mere coffee-table book or a book that you use for light reading when you are traveling and then forget all about it. They do not realize that this book contains life-changing information. Or, they take the information and do not make the effort to actually utilize it so that it becomes knowledge for them. The second problem is that a lot of people have a myopic view of Covey’s ideals. These are people who are impressed by the book already. If you ask them what the seven habits are, they can rattle them off end to end, but then they miss the larger picture. They do not understand that Covey was trying to tell more than he wrote in words.



4 .) How To Win Friends & Influence People written by Dale Carnegie

How To Win Friends & Influence People

Lists It Appears On:

  • Blinkist
  • CEO
  • Everyday Power Blog
  • Goodreads
  • Guthrie Jensen
  • Lifehack
  • Meaningful HQ

Dale Carnegie’s rock-solid, time-tested advice has carried countless people up the ladder of success in their business and personal lives. One of the most groundbreaking and timeless bestsellers of all time,



3 .) Primal Leadership: Realizing the Power of Emotional Intelligence written by Daniel Goleman

Primal Leadership: Realizing the Power of Emotional Intelligence

Lists It Appears On:

  • Best Value Schools
  • CEO
  • Forbes
  • Goodreads
  • Guthrie Jensen
  • Matt Morris
  • Meaningful HQ
  • Wall Street Mojo

Looks at the role of emotional intelligence in leadership, discussing the characteristics of a good leader and leadership styles, and outlines the steps to becoming an effective leader.



2 .) Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us written by Daniel H. Pink

Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

Lists It Appears On:

  • Addicted 2 Success
  • Blinkist
  • Business Insider
  • CEO
  • Everyday Power Blog
  • Goodreads
  • Guthrie Jensen
  • Insperity
  • Lifehack
  • Lornerubis
  • Matt Morris
  • Meaningful HQ
  • SME Strategy

Forget everything you thought you knew about how to motivate people—at work, at school, at home. It’s wrong. As Daniel H. Pink (author of To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Motivating Others) explains in his paradigm-shattering book Drive, the secret to high performance and satisfaction in today’s world is the deeply human need to direct our own lives, to learn and create new things, and to do better by ourselves and our world. Drawing on four decades of scientific research on human motivation, Pink exposes the mismatch between what science knows and what business does—and how that affects every aspect of our lives. He demonstrates that while the old-fashioned carrot-and-stick approach worked successfully in the 20th century, it’s precisely the wrong way to motivate people for today’s challenges. In Drive, he reveals the three elements of true motivation: *Autonomy—the desire to direct our own lives *Mastery—the urge to get better and better at something that matters *Purpose—the yearning to do what we do in the service of something larger than ourselves Along the way, he takes us to companies that are enlisting new approaches to motivation and introduces us to the scientists and entrepreneurs who are pointing a bold way forward. Drive is bursting with big ideas—the rare book that will change how you think and transform how you live.



1 .) Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap…and Others Don’t written by Jim Collins

Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap…and Others Don’t

Lists It Appears On:

  • Addicted 2 Success
  • Blinkist
  • CEO
  • Guthrie Jensen
  • HBR
  • INC
  • Joan Garry
  • Lifehack
  • Lornerubis
  • Meaningful HQ
  • Norwich
  • Small Biz Trends
  • The CEO LIbrary
  • Volunteer Hub

To find the keys to greatness, Collins’s 21-person research team read and coded 6,000 articles, generated more than 2,000 pages of interview transcripts and created 384 megabytes of computer data in a five-year project. The findings will surprise many readers and, quite frankly, upset others. The Challenge Built to Last, the defining management study of the nineties, showed how great companies triumph over time and how long-term sustained performance can be engineered into the DNA of an enterprise from the very beginning. But what about the company that is not born with great DNA? How can good companies, mediocre companies, even bad companies achieve enduring greatness? The Study For years, this question preyed on the mind of Jim Collins. Are there companies that defy gravity and convert long-term mediocrity or worse into long-term superiority? And if so, what are the universal distinguishing characteristics that cause a company to go from good to great? The Standards Using tough benchmarks, Collins and his research team identified a set of elite companies that made the leap to great results and sustained those results for at least fifteen years. How great? After the leap, the good-to-great companies generated cumulative stock returns that beat the general stock market by an average of seven times in fifteen years, better than twice the results delivered by a composite index of the world’s greatest companies, including Coca-Cola, Intel, General Electric, and Merck.




The 200+ Additional Best Leadership Books



#BooksAuthorsLists
37#GirlbossSophia AmorusoBusiness Insider
She Leads Africa
38Big MagicElizabeth GilbertBusiness Insider
The Good Trade
39Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary CompaniesJames C. CollinsCEO
Goodreads
40Conversational Intelligence: How Great Leaders Build Trust & Get Extraordinary ResultsJudith GlaserForbes
Wall Street Mojo
41Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are HighKerry PattersonCEO
Goodreads
42Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredibly Voyage CEO
Lifehack
43Getting Things DoneDavid AllenBusiness Insider
Joan Garry
44Giants of Enterprise: Seven Business Innovators and the Empires They BuildRichard TedlowHBR
Norwich
45Give and TakeAdam GrantJoan Garry
Meaningful HQ
46
Great at Work: How Top Performers Do Less, Work Better, and Achieve More
 
On Point Consulting LLC
Washington Post
47Great by Choice: Uncertainty, Chaos, and Luck—Why Some Thrive Despite Them AllJames C. CollinsGoodreads
On Point Consulting LLC
48Heavy Hitter SellingSteve W. MartinAddicted 2 Success
Small Biz Trends
49High Output ManagementAndrew S. GroveGuthrie Jensen
The CEO LIbrary
50Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to LeadSheryl SandbergBlinkist
Goodreads
51Liar’s PokerMichael LewisCEO
HBR
52Mindset: The New Psychology of SuccessCarol S. DweckGoodreads
Norwich
53Never Give In! The Best of Winston Churchill’s SpeechesWinston S. ChurchillBest Value Schools
Matt Morris
54Principle-Centered LeadershipStephen R. CoveyGoodreads
Meaningful HQ
55Quiet LeadershipDavid RockAddicted 2 Success
Small Biz Trends
56Smarter Faster Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and BusinessCharles DuhiggForbes
Wall Street Mojo
57Steve JobsWalter IsaacsonGoodreads
The CEO LIbrary
58The 360 Degree Leader: Developing Your Influence from Anywhere in the OrganizationJohn C. Maxwell
Everyday Power Blog
Goodreads
59The Alchemist CEO
Lifehack
60The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the WorldNiall FergusonCEO
HBR
61The Effective Executive: The Definitive Guide to Getting the Right Things DonePeter F. DruckerGoodreads
Meaningful HQ
62The Fifth Discipline: The Art & Practice of The Learning OrganizationPeter M. SengeGoodreads
Lornerubis
63The Hard Thing about Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy AnswersBen HorowitzBlinkist
The CEO LIbrary
64The Next Generation of Women Leaders: What You Need to Lead but Won’t Learn in Business SchoolSelena RezvaniForbes
The Good Trade
65The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big DifferenceMalcolm GladwellFive Books
Goodreads
66
The Truth About Leadership: The No-fads, Heart-of-the-Matter Facts You Need to Know
 CEO
Lifehack
67The World’s Most Powerful Leadership Principle: How to Become a Servant LeaderJames C. HunterINC
Insperity
68Turn the Ship Around!: A True Story of Turning Followers into LeadersL. David MarquetGoodreads
Wall Street Mojo
6921 Irrefutable Laws of LeadershipJohn MaxwellMatt Morris
70A Good Time to be a Girl Washington Post
71A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership Washington Post
72A Man in Full.Tom WolfeHBR
73A New EarthEckhart TolleBusiness Insider
74A People’s History of the United States,Howard ZinnEntrepreneur
75
A Seat at the Table: IT Leadership in the Age of Agility
 Enterprisers Project
76Act Like a Leader, Think Like a Leader Wall Street Mojo
77Alignment: How to Get Your People, Strategy, and Culture on the Same PageAnthony C. Taylor, Managing Partner of SME StrategySME Strategy
78Andrew CarnegieDavid NasawBusiness Insider
79Anything You Want Small Biz Trends
80Ask For ItLinda BabcockThe Good Trade
81AutobiographyBenjamin FranklinMeaningful HQ
82Awaken the Giant WithinTony RobbinsBusiness Insider
83Bad Girls Throughout HistoryAnn ShenThe Good Trade
84Be Your Own Best Life CoachFiona HarroldTime Camp
85Blue Ocean Strategy: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make the Competition IrrelevantW. Chan Kim and Renée MauborgneSME Strategy
86BoldPeter Diamandis, Steven KotlerMeaningful HQ
87Business AdventuresJohn BrooksBusiness Insider
88
Capacity: Create Laser Focus, Boundless Energy, and an Unstoppable Drive In Any Organization
 Enterprisers Project
89Change the Culture, Change the Game: The Breakthrough Strategy for Energizing Your Organization and Creating Accountability for ResultsRoger Connors and Tom SmithBlinkist
90Change Your Brain, Change Your LifeDaniel G. AmenBusiness Insider
91Changing Minds Joan Garry
92Chicken Soup for the SoulJack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, and Amy NewmarkBusiness Insider
93Choose YourselfJames AltucherBusiness Insider
94Competitive Strategy: Techniques for Analyzing Industries and CompetitorsMichael E. PorterSME Strategy
95Courageous LeadershipBill HybelsGoodreads
96Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True InspirationEd CatmullGoodreads
97Crush It!Gary VaynerchukBusiness Insider
98Data Driven Nonprofits Volunteer Hub
99
Dear Madam President: An open letter to the women who will run the world
 Washington Post
100Death by Meeting: A Leadership Fable…about Solving the Most Painful Problem in BusinessPatrick LencioniGoodreads
101DecisiveChip and Dan HeathMeaningful HQ
102Deviate: The Science of Seeing DifferentlyBeau LottoStagen
103Difficult Conversations Joan Garry
104Do OverJon AcuffBusiness Insider
105Doing Good Better Volunteer Hub
106Dune The CEO LIbrary
107Dying for a Paycheck Washington Post
108Eat That Frog!Brian TracyBusiness Insider
109Elon MuskAshlee VanceBusiness Insider
110Emotional IntelligenceDaniel GolemanBusiness Insider
111Emotional Intelligence 2.0Travis BradberryMeaningful HQ
112Energy LeadershipBruce D. SchneiderInsperity
113EssentialismGreg McKeownBusiness Insider
114ExecutionLarry Bossidy and Ram CharanBusiness Insider
115Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things DoneLarry Bossidy and Ram CharanSME Strategy
116Fail Better: Design Smart Mistakes and Succeed SoonerAnjali Sastry and Kara Penn.The Muse
117Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of LifeRichard RohrStagen
118Find a WayDiana NyadBusiness Insider
119Finding Your Leadership Style: A Guide For EducatorsJeffrey Glanz
Top Education Degrees
120FlowMihaly CsikszentmihalyiBusiness Insider
121Forces of Good Volunteer Hub
122FreakonomicsSteven D. Levitt and Stephen J. DubnerBusiness Insider
123Freedom from FearAung San Suu KyiFive Books
124From Good to GreatJim CollinsFive Books
125Getting MoreStuart DiamondBusiness Insider
126Getting to YesRoger Fisher, William Ury, and Bruce PattonBusiness Insider
127GratitudeOliver SacksStagen
128Habitudes®—Images That Form Leadership Habits and AttitudesTim Elmore
Everyday Power Blog
129HBR’s 10 Must Reads on Strategy – ArticlesVarious AuthorsSME Strategy
130
Heads: Business Lessons from an Executive Search Pioneer
 
On Point Consulting LLC
131How Remarkable Women LeadJoanna BarshThe Good Trade
132
How the Way We Talk Can Change the Way We Work
 Joan Garry
133How to Be a Positive Leader: Small Actions, Big ImpactJane E. Dutton and Gretchen M. SpreitzerBlinkist
134
How to Have Confidence and Power in Dealing with People
 CEO
135I Am MalalaMalala YousafzaiThe Good Trade
136I Shouldn’t Be Telling You ThisKate WhiteThe Good Trade
137If I Could Tell You Just One Thing The CEO LIbrary
138
If You’re in a Dogfight, Become a Cat!: Strategies for Long-Term Growth
 Enterprisers Project
139In Search of Excellence Lornerubis
140In The Company Of WomenGrace BonneyThe Good Trade
141Influencer : The Power to Change AnythingKerry PattersonGoodreads
142It Worked for Me: In Life and LeadershipGeneral Colin PowellInsperity
143
It’s Not About the Coffee: Lessons on Putting People First From a Life at Starbucks
 INC
144Knowing Your ValueMika BrzezinskiThe Good Trade
145Lead Right for Your Company’s Type: How to Connect Your Culture with Your Customer PromiseWilliam E. SchneiderInsperity
146Leadership BS: Fixing Workplaces and Careers One Truth at a TimeJeffrey PfefferInsperity
147Leadership Is an Art INC
148Leading ChangeJohn P. KotterGoodreads
149Leading in a Culture of ChangeMichael Fullan
Top Education Degrees
150Letter To My DaughterMaya AngelouThe Good Trade
151Limitless: Leadership That Endures The CEO LIbrary
152Losing My Virginity: How I Survived, Had Fun, and Made a Fortune Doing Business My WayRichard BransonMatt Morris
153Lots Of Candles, Plenty Of CakeAnna QuindlenThe Good Trade
154Making the Grass Greener on Your Side INC
155
Making Your Point: Communicating Effectively with Audiences of One to One Million
 
On Point Consulting LLC
156Managing UpRossane Badowski
Everyday Power Blog
157Mastering Leadership: An Integrated Framework for Breakthrough Performance and Extraordinary Business ResultsRobert J. Anderson and William A. AdamsForbes
158Meditations Lifehack
159Meetings Suck,Cameron HeroldEntrepreneur
160Men Explain Things To MeRebecca SolnitThe Good Trade
161
Monday Morning Leadership: 8 Mentoring Sessions You Can’t Afford to Miss
 The CEO LIbrary
162Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone SmarterLiz WisemanGoodreads
163Never Eat AloneKeith FerrazziMeaningful HQ
164Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office: Unconscious Mistakes Women Make That Sabotage Their CareersLois P. Frankel:She Leads Africa
165Nimble, Focused, Feisty: Organizational Cultures That Win in the New Era and How to create ThemSara RobertsSME Strategy
166No BS Ruthless Management Small Biz Trends
167
On Fire at Work: How Great Companies Ignite Passion in Their People Without Burning Them Out
 The CEO LIbrary
168On Grand Strategy Washington Post
169Open Leadership: How Social Technology Can Transform the Way You LeadCharlene LiSME Strategy
170Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the WorldAdam GrantForbes
171Outliers: The Story of SuccessMalcolm GladwellGoodreads
172Permission to Screw Up INC
173Playing to Win: How Strategy Really WorksA.G. LafleySME Strategy
174
Powerful: Building a Culture of Freedom and Responsibility
 Washington Post
175Principles: Life and Work The CEO LIbrary
176Prisoners of Our Thoughts: Viktor Frankl’s Principles for Discovering Meaning in Life and WorkAlex Pattakos Ph.D, Elaine Dundon, and Stephen R. CoveyStagen
177Questions of Character: Illuminating the Heart of Leadership Through LiteratureJoseph L. Badaracco Jr.Guthrie Jensen
178Radical Candor: Be a Kickass Boss Without Losing Your HumanityKim Malone ScottGoodreads
179
Radical Inclusion: What the post-9/11 World Should Have Taught us About Leadership
 Washington Post
180Reinventing Organizations The CEO LIbrary
181Remarkable LeadershipKevin EikenberryTime Camp
182
Rising to Power: The Journey of Exceptional Executives
 The CEO LIbrary
183School Leadership That Works: From Research to ResultsRobert Marzano
Top Education Degrees
184Schools of Fish!Phillip Strand
Top Education Degrees
185
Servant Leadership in Action: How You Can Achieve Great Relationships and Results
 INC
186
Servant Leadership: A Journey Into the Nature of Legitimate Power and Greatness (25th Anniversary Edition)
 INC
187Seven Habits of Highly Effective PeopleStephen CoveyForbes Books
188
Seven Pillars of Servant Leadership: Practicing the Wisdom of Leading by Serving
 INC
189SharkonomicsStefan EngesethTime Camp
190Small VictoriesAnne LamottThe Good Trade
191Spiritual LeadershipJ. Oswald SandersGoodreads
192Standout: The Groundbreaking New Strengths Assessment from the Leader of the Strengths RevolutionMarcus BuckinghamNorwich
193Strategic Leadership: The General’s Art Small Biz Trends
194Strengths Finder 2.0Tom RathGoodreads
195Systems Thinking for Social Change: A Practical Guide to Solving Complex Problems, Avoiding Unintended Consequences, and Achieving Lasting ResultsDavid Peter StrohThe Muse
196Taking People With You Small Biz Trends
197Talent is Never EnoughJohn C. Maxwell
Everyday Power Blog
198The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader: Becoming the Person Others Will Want to FollowJohn C. MaxwellGoodreads
199The 4 Hour Work Week,Tim FerrissEntrepreneur
200The 48 Laws of Power,” By Robert Greene Entrepreneur
201
The 5 Levels of Leadership: Proven Steps to Maximize Your Potential
 The CEO LIbrary
202
The 7 Secrets of Neuron Leadership: What Top Military Commanders, Neuroscientists, and the Ancient Greeks Teach Us about Inspiring Teams
 Enterprisers Project
203The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else in BusinessPatrick LencioniGoodreads
204The Art of Contrary ThinkingHumphrey B. NeillStagen
205The Art of Possibility: Transforming Professional and Personal LifeBenjamin and Rosamund Stone ZanderInsperity
206The Art of Seduction,Robert GreeneEntrepreneur
207The Art of the Pitch,Peter CoughterEntrepreneur
208The Book of ExodusVariousFive Books
209The Case for Servant Leadership INC
210The Character Triangle Lornerubis
211The Clock of the Long Now: Time and ResponsibilityStewart BrandStagen
212The Confidence CodeKatty Kay and Claire ShipmanThe Good Trade
213
The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups
 Washington Post
214The Desire MapDanielle LaPorteForbes Books
215
The EQ Leader: Instilling Passion, Creating Shared Goals, and Building Meaningful Organizations through Emotional Intelligence
 Enterprisers Project
216The First-Time ManagerLoren B. Belker, Jim McCormick and Gary S. Topchik:She Leads Africa
217The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal FreedomDon Miguel RuizForbes Books
218
The Four Mindsets: How to Influence, Motivate, and Lead High Performance Teams
 
On Point Consulting LLC
219The Four TendenciesGretchen RubinTime Camp
220The Fourth Turning: An American Prophecy – What the Cycles of History Tell Us About America’s Next Rendezvous with DestinyWilliam Strauss and Neil HoweStagen
221The Happiness AdvantageSean AchorInsperity
222The Human Side of EnterpriseDouglas McGregorGuthrie Jensen
223The Ideal Team Player: How to Recognize and Cultivate the Three Essential VirtuesPatrick LencioniThe Muse
224The Introverted Leader: Building on Your Quiet StrengthJennifer KahnweilerBlinkist
225The Leader Who Had No TitleRobin SharmaMeaningful HQ
226The Leadership Challenge, 5th EditionJames Kouzes and Barry PosnerThe Muse
227The Little Book of Leadership Development: 50 Ways to Bring Out the Leader in Every EmployeeScott J. Allen and Mitchell KusyGuthrie Jensen
228The Motivation ManifestoBrendon BurchardForbes Books
229
The Myth of the Strong Leader: Political Leadership in the Modern Age
 The CEO LIbrary
230The New One Minute ManagerKen Blanchard And Spencer JohnsonForbes
231The ONE ThingGary KellerMeaningful HQ
232The One Thing You Need to KnowMarcus Buckingham
Everyday Power Blog
233The Open Organization Guide to IT Culture Change Enterprisers Project
234
The Ordinary Leader: 10 Key Insights for Building and Leading a Thriving Organization
 The CEO LIbrary
235The Outsiders: Eight Unconventional CEOs and Their Radically Rational Blueprint for SuccessWilliam N. ThorndikeStagen
236The PM Coaching WorkbookSusanne MadsenTime Camp
237The Potential PrincipleMark SanbornTime Camp
238The Power of a Positive NoWilliam UryNorwich
239The Power of Full EngagementJim Loehr, Tony SchwartzMeaningful HQ
240The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and BusinessCharles DuhiggGoodreads
241
The Power of Moments: Why Certain Experiences Have Extraordinary Impact
 Enterprisers Project
242The Power of Passion and PerseveranceAngela DuckworthThe Muse
243The Power of Project LeadershipSusanne MadsenTime Camp
244
The Rare Find: Spotting Exceptional Talent Before Everyone Else
 Small Biz Trends
245
The Score Takes Care of Itself: My Philosophy of Leadership
 The CEO LIbrary
246The Seasons of LifeJim RohnMeaningful HQ
247
The Servant Leader: How to Build a Creative Team, Develop Great Morale, and Improve Bottom-Line Performance
 INC
248
The Servant: A Simple Story About the True Essence of Leadership
 INC
249
The Serving Leader: Five Powerful Actions to Transform Your Team, Business, and Community
 INC
250The Slight Edge: Secret to a Successful LifeJeff OlsonForbes
251The Speed of Trust: The One Thing that Changes EverythingStephen M.R. CoveyGoodreads
252The Success PrinciplesJack CanfieldForbes Books
253The Tanning of America,Steve StouteEntrepreneur
254The Trusted Advisor 
On Point Consulting LLC
255The War of Art Lifehack
256
Think Smarter: Critical Thinking to Improve Problem-Solving and Decision Making Skills By Michael Kallet
 The Muse
257
Thinking in Bets: Making Smarter Decisions When You Don’t Have all the Facts
 Washington Post
258Thinking, Fast and SlowDaniel KahnemanStagen
259ThriveArianna HuffingtonThe Good Trade
260To Sell is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving OthersDaniel H. PinkInsperity
261Tribal Business SchoolJo OwenFive Books
262
Tribe of Mentors: Short Life Advice from the Best in the World
 Enterprisers Project
263Truth About Managing Effectively Small Biz Trends
264Ultimate LeadershipChris CebolleroTime Camp
265We Should All Be FeministsChimamanda Ngozi AdichieThe Good Trade
266What Got You Here Won’t Get You There: How Successful People Become Even More SuccessfulMarshall GoldsmithGoodreads
267
What It Takes to Be #1 : Vince Lombardi on Leadership
 Addicted 2 Success
268
What To Do When Machines Do Everything: How to Get Ahead in a World of AI, Algorithms, Bots, and Big Data
 Enterprisers Project
269What Will It Take To Make A Woman President?Marianne SchnallThe Good Trade
270Willpower Roy F. Baumeister, John Tierney Meaningful HQ
271
Winning the Long Game: How Strategic Leaders Shape the Future
 
On Point Consulting LLC
272Zero to OnePeter Thiel, Blake MastersMeaningful HQ


35 Best Books For Becoming A Leader Sources/Lists



SourceArticle
Addicted 2 Success 15 Of The Best Leadership Books That Every Business Owner Needs …
Best Value Schools 5 Award Wining Books About Leadership – Best Value Schools
Blinkist The Best Leadership Books to Help You Become a Better Boss …
Business Insider Amazon’s top 25 leadership and success books – Business Insider
CEO 24 Leadership Books To Read Before You Die | CEO.com
Enterprisers Project 10 Must-Read Leadership Books | The Enterprisers Project
Entrepreneur The Top 10 Books Every Leader Must Read – Entrepreneur
Everyday Power Blog 10 Influential Books for Emerging Leaders | Everyday Power
Five Books The Best Books on Leadership | Five Books
Forbes 10 Must-Read Books To Develop Your Leadership Skills – Forbes
Forbes Books All Leaders Are Readers: Six Must-Read Books To Inspire Success …
Goodreads Popular Leadership Books – Goodreads
Guthrie Jensen 14 Books To Make You a More Effective Leader | INSIGHTS: The …
HBR 11 Books Every Young Leader Must Read – Harvard Business Review
INC 15 Top Leadership Books Every Current or Future Boss Should Read …
Insperity 13 Books That Will Inspire You to Be an Extraordinary Leader – Insperity
Joan Garry My Top 10 Nonprofit Leadership Books – Joan Garry
Lifehack 15 Best Leadership Books Every Young Leader Must Read – Lifehack
Lornerubis Best Books on Personal Leadership | Recommended Thought Leaders
Matt Morris Top 10 Best Leadership Books of All Time – Matt Morris
Meaningful HQ 25 Books That’ll Teach You The Best Leadership Lessons Ever.
Norwich 9 Books for Understanding Leadership Perspectives | Norwich …
On Point Consulting LLC 10 Must-Read Leadership Books To Put On Your List In 2018
She Leads Africa Five Leadership Books You Need To Read Right Now
Small Biz Trends 14 Books on Leadership Every Young Entrepreneur Should Read …
SME Strategy Top 10 Books on Strategy & Leadership: This Month In Strategy …
Stagen Top 10 Leadership Books to Read in 2018 – Stagen
The CEO LIbrary Best Leadership Books Recommended by World’s Top Entrepreneurs …
The Good Trade 18 Inspiring Leadership Books for Women For … – The Good Trade
The Muse Books Aspiring Leaders Should Read- The Muse
Time Camp Best Books About Leadership, Part 1 – TimeCamp
Top Education Degrees 5 Books for Educational Leadership – Top Education Degrees
Volunteer Hub Nonprofit Leadership Books You Should Really Read | VolunteerHub
Wall Street Mojo Top 10 Best Leadership Books of All Time | WallStreetMojo
Washington Post 11 leadership books to read in 2018 – The Washington Post

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