10 Best Books on Leadership that Every Leader Must Read

10 Best Books

Leadership is one of the most important skill that is expected from every manager or a leader. Hence it has become important to continuously work on the skill development process. New theories, ideologies keep on introducing by the experts in this industry. Books are the best way you can keep yourself updated and develop/polish your leadership skills. This list is complied by referring to the recommendations made by some of the best Leaders and Coaches in the Industry.

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1. The Alchemist

By Paulo Coelho

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The book’s main theme is about finding one’s destiny. It is about a journey of a young shepherd named Santigo and his journey to the Pyramids after having a recurring dream of finding treasure there. An old king tells Santiago that “when you really want something to happen, the whole universe will conspire so that your wish comes true”. 

2. The Five Dysfunctions Of A Team: A Leadership Fable 

By Patrick Lencioni

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The book  describes the many pitfalls that teams face as they seek to “grow together”. It also explores the fundamental causes of organizational politics and team failure. The best part about the book is the quiz section at the end of each chapter that helps you to grade yourself and helps towards the path of improvement.

3. The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way You Lead Forever

By Michael Bungay Stanier

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In Michael Bungay Stanier’s The Coaching Habit, coaching becomes a regular, informal part of your day so managers and their teams can work less hard and have more impact.
Drawing on years of experience training more than 10,000 busy managers from around the globe in practical, everyday coaching skills, Bungay Stanier reveals how to unlock your peoples’ potential. He unpacks seven essential coaching questions to demonstrate how–by saying less and asking more–you can develop coaching methods that produce great results.

4. Primal Leadership: Realizing the Power of Emotional Intelligence

By Daniel Goleman, Richard Boyatzis, Annie McKee

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The  book explores the consequences of emotional intelligence for leaders and organizations. The authors argue that a leader’s emotions are contagious, and must resonate energy and enthusiasm if an organization is to thrive. Through analyses and examples, the authors show that resonant leaders excel not just through industry savvy but by leveraging emotional intelligence competencies like empathy and self-awareness. They also adopt varying leadership styles―from visionary to coaching to commanding―as the situation demands.

5. The Next Generation of Women Leaders: What You Need to Lead but Won’t Learn in Business School

By Selena Rezvani

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A groundbreaking, empowering collection of advice-richly illustrated with the stories of women at top echelons of their fields-that advances the leadership outlook for Generation X and Y women like no book before it. It includes 30 interviews with highly accomplished business women. Offers a foreword by Gail Evans, the highest-ranking woman executive ever at CNN and provides a far-reaching bibliography of significant materials combining works examining gender dynamics in addition to business classics.

6. The One Minute Manager

By  Kenneth Blanchard and Spencer Johnson

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The 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.

7. The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People

By Steven R. Covey

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In this book, the author presents an approach to being effective in attaining goals by aligning oneself to what he calls “true north” principles based on a character ethic that he presents as universal and timeless.  He defines effectiveness as the balance of obtaining desirable results with caring for that which produces those results.

8. Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

By Daniel Pink

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Motivation is one of the key characteristics of leadership. The book shares an insight on how to motivate the people. It also suggests that the conventional Carrots & Sticks are so last Century. For 21st century work, we need to upgrade to autonomy, mastery and purpose.

9. The Slight Edge: Secret to a Successful Life

By Jeff Olson

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The Slight Edge is a way of thinking, a way of processing information that enables you to make the daily choices that will lead you to the success and happiness you desire. Learn why some people make dream after dream come true, while others just continue dreaming and spend their lives building dreams for someone else. It’s not just another self-help motivation tool of methods you must learn in order to travel the path to success. It shows you how to create powerful results from the simple daily activities of your life, by using tools that are already within you.

10. Conversational Intelligence: How Great Leaders Build Trust and Get Extraordinary Results 

By Judith E. Glaser

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The key to success in life and business is to become a master at Conversational Intelligence. It’s not about how smart you are, but how open you are to learn new and effective powerful conversational rituals that prime the brain for trust, partnership, and mutual success. Conversational Intelligence translates the wealth of new insights coming out of neuroscience from across the globe, and brings the science down to earth so people can understand and apply it in their everyday lives.

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