Have you ever wondered why so many influential leaders share common stand-out traits? One of the reasons is that they read the same books. Despite their hectic schedules, they always make time for reading the right books; ones that will allow them to grow, broaden their perspectives and question the status quo. So, this is you cue to follow suit with our list of top recommendations:
1. Managing the Mental Game by Jeff Boss
Written by former Navy Seal Jeff Boss, this is a concise how-to manual on how to train your mind to deal with extremely stressful situations, remain in control of your emotions and build confidence in the face of adversity.
2. Start With Why by Simon Sinek
The visionary thinker, Simon Sinek, suggests that starting with why works in business. Using real-life examples, he makes a clear case 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.
3. The Go-Giver Leader by Bob Burg and John David Mann
Give and you shall receive: that is the premise of this book which focuses more on leading as giving rather than taking. Putting others’ interests first is the key to growth and true influence according to the writers.
4. The Dip by Seth Godin
For Godin, real winners are those who are best at quitting. How? The main takeaway is that persistence is overrated; if one doesn't expect long-term success in something, it is better to quit immediately than stick with it. It is all about finding the right dip to beat.
5. Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
Drawing from their research into crack gangs, real estate agents and the KKK, Levitt and Dubner reveal how economics is really the study of how people get what they want; especially when what they want is also pursued by others.
6. Essentialism by Greg McKeown
For McKeown, less is more if you want to increase your productivity. The secret to success is focusing on what is truly important rather than attempting to do everything. This book teaches a systematic discipline on how to do less but much better.
7. Drive by Daniel H. Pink
Daniel H. Pink emphasises that the secret to high performance is finding and leveraging people’s intrinsic motivation. He suggests that this motivation stems from the human desire to direct one’s own life and be creative. Fuel that in people and you empower them to aim for the stars.
8. Getting Things Done by David Allen
How can you be high-performing without stressing yourself sick? In this -now seminal- book, Allen provides the best strategies to achieve that while emphasizing the importance of delegation and deferral.
9. Give and Take by Adam Grant
Adam Grant distinguishes among three types of people in business: takers, matchers and givers. Takers get, matchers strive to keep giving and taking on a par while givers contribute without expectations. Ultimately, the book highlights that giving can bring extraordinary value.
10. What They Don't Teach You at Harvard Business School by Mark H. McCormack
A must-read for executives and managers at every level, it features candid advice you will never hear in business school. It provides guidance based on real-world anecdotes about sales, reading others and time management informed by the author’s method of "applied people sense”.