Almost every successful person on this planet has a habit of reading books, and some of them read a lot. Many people consider reading as an essential trait for a good person as well as a good leader. The more you read more knowledge you absorb and your perspective widens. Books have the ability to make you realize the opposing side view, and how that person reached that opposing point of view.
Hundreds of books are published on daily basis and not all of them require your time and money. Some of them are very bad while others are just average. Today we are going to share our top 5 picks for top leadership books. Our list only includes the best of them and all of these will have a lot of information that is focused on leadership, the qualities of a good leader and step to step process to gain that qualities.
Top Leadership Books
Start With Why by Simon Sinek
Simon Sinek is the industry leader when it comes to digital marketing and advertising. This book centers around a core concept that Simon explains beautifully, "People don't buy what You do, they buy why You do it". First, he takes very basic questions that why some companies are more innovative, successful and reliable than the others. Simon takes this simple idea that your company should o only be focused on profit/loss only but there should a greater aim and reason why you are doing what you are doing. He very clearly explains how to project that reason onto the people so that whenever the name of your business and company comes into the mind of people they should associate that reason to it. He helps you make long-term goals and steps in order to repeat the success of those companies.
Quote from Start With Why:
"For values or guiding principles to be truly effective, they have to be verbs. It’s not “integrity,” it’s “always do the right thing.” It’s not “innovation,” it’s “look at the problem from a different angle.” Articulating our values as verbs gives us a clear idea - we have a clear idea of how to act in any situation."
The Dip by Seth Godin
If you are a little bit familiar to online marketing world you must have heard the name, Seth Godin. He has written 17 books and in 2009 his blog was named by The Time as one of 25 best blogs. The Dip is an outstanding book which very clearly shows when people should quit and when they should stick. He very elegantly defies the quote that winners never quit and quitters never win. He shows that there are situations where winners do quit and quitters do win. The idea is simple that persistence is overrated. He says that if you do not expect long-term success in your career, relationship or business you should quit immediately rather and save time. The Dip is a very hard phase between being able to do something and the point when you become the best in the world in it. If you cant stick through that phase you should quit and look for something else.
Quote from The Dip
“Never quit something with great long-term potential just because you can’t deal with the stress of the moment.”
Essentialism by Greg Mckeown
Greg Mckeown explains that not everything requires your time and energy, you should decide on the most essential elements and then give your complete focus to them. This is not a time management self-help book that gives you tips and tricks on how to become more productive instead this book teaches you what is really important for you and how to say no to other less important things. One key takeaway from this book is the power of NO. You should only say yes to things that really makes you excited and you will not regret in future.
Quote from Essentialism
“Essentialism is not about how to get more things done; it’s about how to get the right things done. It doesn’t mean just doing less for the sake of less either. It is about making the wisest possible investment of your time and energy in order to operate at our highest point of contribution by doing only what is essential.”
Drive by Daniel H. Pink
Motivation is sometimes explained as the thing that keeps us going even when we really don't want to, but is it true? Is this the core concept behind motivation? Daniel challenges this conventional definition of motivation in this book. He explains that the usual approach of stick and stone used by organizations to motivate people does not actually motivate them but rather demotivates. He says the real motivation is internal satisfaction. The three things that people need are autonomy, mastery, and purpose, if you give these to your employees, they will work like a machine for you because they are working for themselves. He gives quite a few examples to show that people who are driven by this internal motivation and satisfaction outperform other. The book is geared towards business but there are lessons that are applicable to daily life.
Quote from Drive:
“The ultimate freedom for creative groups is the freedom to experiment with new ideas. Some skeptics insist that innovation is expensive. In the long run, innovation is cheap. Mediocrity is expensive—and autonomy can be the antidote.”
What They Don't Teach You at Harvard Business School by Mark H. McCormack
The book shares the management strategies which author learned during his career of working for different clients, starting his own firm and growing it. The tone of the book is prescriptive throughout and it makes you feel that someone is constantly teaching you the do's and dont's of business. If you have spent a couple of years in the industry already, you would already know most of this stuff. The examples are from Mark's real life, who runs a firm dealing with sports marketing and stuff.
Quote from the book:
"I can tell more about how someone is likely to react in a business situation from one round of golf than I can from a hundred hours of meetings."
Just reading a book is not enough, you have to take notes and apply the knowledge to your life in order to see the results. The first step is always that you know what you are doing and books are a great way to gain this insight. You don't need to reinvent the wheel when you can benefit from people who have already gone from that path. I hope these leadership books will help you in long run.