5 Must-Read Books on Leadership

5 Must-Read Books on Leadership

“Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers”–Harry Truman.

A book can change a person’s entire perspective about the world. Following the teachings of a good book makes everyone appreciate the admirable qualities in themselves.

As a leader, good books on leadership can help him/her in acquiring better leadership qualities or skills and eventually lead to the betterment of an organization or group. Many great men have credited books to be one of the biggest assets of their lives.

Here are 5 books on leadership that should be read by everyone who wants to be a good leader:

1. On becoming a leader, by Warren Bennis

Originally published in 1989, On becoming a leader is a widely acclaimed book translated in 27 languages. In this book, Warren Bennis talks about authentic leadership which is a leadership approach concerned with building a good relationship with a leader’s followers through honesty.

This book lays out the foundation regarding a leader stating that he should be authentic which is a combination of experience, self-knowledge, and personal ethics. 

2. Wooden on leadership: How to Create a Winning Organization, by John Wooden & Steve Jamison

Originally published in 2005 and a Wall Street Journal bestseller, this book talks about the essential mental, emotional, and physical qualities a leader should have in order to build a winning organization.

Also, skill development and confidence build up form two major topics of this book. This book mainly focuses on the 12 Lessons in Leadership development and acclaimed Pyramid of Success by the former American basketball player and head coach at the University of California, Los Angeles.

3. The Art of War, by Sun Tzu

The Art of War, a Chinese military treatise dating back roughly to 5th Century BC is attributed to Sun Tzu who was a Chinese military strategist. This book is divided into 13 chapters where each chapter talks about military strategies and warfare.

For the purpose of implanting good leadership qualities, this book has been followed by many leaders of all times.

4. Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action, by Simon Sinek

Originally published in 2009, this book puts forward an argument that until and unless people understand the WHY behind a product, service or movement they won’t buy into it.

Being inspired by many real-life incidents, a lucid account of what it really takes to be a leader is well portrayed here. In this book, a comparison between manipulation and inspiration is also made to imply which is a better way to influence human behaviour.

5. Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap… and Others Don’t, by Jim C. Collins

It is a book on management, originally published in the year 2001. A bestseller, that managed to sell four million copies is still a choice of many entrepreneurs. This book talks about how some good companies transition into great companies and how some companies fail to do so. It’s a must read business book as claimed by many.

Books serve as keys to a new vision and show the path to success. Good books on leadership bring out the qualities needed in a leader and help them in being better individuals, so choosing to give them a read is always a good idea.

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