Every year brings a new crop of outstanding leadership books, and 2019 was no different. Here’s a look at ten amazing reads for current and future leaders — in no particular order.
- “Nine Lies About Work: A Freethinking Leader’s Guide to the Real World,” by Marcus Buckinghamand Ashley Goodall
Many workplace behaviors viewed as commonplace are actually lies, according to Buckingham and Goodall. Learn nine lies that might be causing dysfunction and frustration at your workplace.
- “The Infinite Game,” by Simon Sinek
Leadership expert Sinek’s latest book serves as a guide for operating with an infinite mindset. Instead of working toward one solid goal — i.e., a promotion — this inspiring read focuses on staying in the game for the long haul.
- “The Making of a Manager: What to Do When Everyone Looks to You,” by JulieZhuo
Becoming a manager is exciting and terrifying. This book serves as a guide for those who want to be made into great managers. Designed for new and seasoned managers, Zhuo’s handbook is a must-read for those focused on self-improvement in 2020.
- “The Ride of a Lifetime: Lessons Learned From 15 Years as CEO of the Walt Disney Company,” by BobIger
Don’t miss this opportunity to get leadership advice from Bob Iger. In this book, you’ll learn ideas and values the famed CEO used to reinvent the Walt Disney Company and inspire its 200,000 employees.
- “Call Sign Chaos: Learning to Lead,” by Jim Mattis and Bing West
A memoir from Mattis, this book offers valuable lessons about leadership. The book is divided into three parts — direct leadership, executive leadership, and strategic leadership — offering something for leaders at every stage of their career.
- “Loonshots: How to Nurture the Crazy Ideas That Win Wars, Cure Diseases, and Transform Industries,” by SafiBahcall
Learn a new way of thinking about the mysteries of group behavior from Bahcall, a physicist and entrepreneur. Using the science of phase transitions, he explains why teams, companies, and any group with a mission can go from accepting an outrageous idea to completely rejecting it.
- “Sailing True North: Ten Admirals and the Voyage of Character,” by Admiral JamesStavridis
This book takes a deep look at the leadership and character of ten famed naval commanders. Stavridis, a former Supreme Allied Commander of NATO, reflects on these illustrious characters to offer lessons that will help you navigate your own life.
- “Leadershift: The 11 Essential Changes Every Leader Must Embrace,” by John C. Maxwell
In today’s fast-paced world, change is a regular occurrence. Maxwell teaches leaders to embrace this by learning to “leadershift,” — i.e., leadership changes that will positively enhance their organizational and personal growth.
- “Brave New Work: Are You Ready to Reinvent Your Organization?” by Aaron Dignan
According to Dignan, most companies share the same frustrations — i.e., meeting and email overload, lack of trust, and more. In this book, he explains how savvy organizations are finding a better, more productive way to work.
- “Trillion Dollar Coach: The Leadership Playbook of Silicon Valley’s Bill Campbell,” by Eric Schmidt, Jonathan Rosenberg, and Alan Eagle
Learn management lessons from coach and business executive Bill Campbell, who has helped major companies like Google, Apple, and Intuit achieve growth. Based on more than 80 interviews with people who knew Campbell, this book highlights and illustrates his principles.
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