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Some people may look like they were born with a talent for leadership, but the truth is they learned how to do it. And you can, too! If you know there is room for improvement in your management abilities, then it’s time for you to take action. Reading books on effective leadership and management skills is essential. Good leaders make the effort to build good habits. So what are you reading?
Oldies but Goodies
How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
Originally published in 1936 and revised in 1981, this book has sold more than 30 million copies. It includes 6 ways to make people like you and 12 ways to win people over to your way of thinking. It has a 4.2 of 5 rating on Goodreads and 4.8 of 5 on Audible.
The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership: Follow Them and People Will Follow You by John C. Maxwell
Written by a leadership expert with more than 30 years of experience, it includes observations of successes and mistakes in business, politics, sports, religion, and military conflict. It was first published in 1998, but an expanded edition will be released this year. It has a 4.1 of 5 rating on Goodreads and 4.6 of 5 on Audible.
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Stephen R. Covey
First published in 1989 this book became a business and self-help classic. The audiobook version was the first non-fiction book to reach one million copies sold. Covey says that learning the habits are easy, but true leaders are the ones who follow through with them. It has a 4.1 of 5 rating on Goodreads and 4.9 of 5 on Audible.
Latest and Greatest
The Dichotomy of Leadership by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin
Leadership is a balancing act and this book explains how to navigate those challenges. This book builds on their first one, Extreme Ownership. Published in 2018 it became an instant bestseller. It has a 4.4 of 5 rating on Goodreads and 4.9 of 5 on Audible.
The Making of a Manager by Julie Zhuo
Written by a woman who went from a rookie manager at age 25 to a veteran leader. She shares her “modern field guide” with relatable examples and practical insights. It was published in 2019 and was a Wall Street Journal Bestseller. It has a 4.2 of 5 rating on Goodreads and 4.6 of 5 on Audible.
Dare to Lead by Brené Brown
Dr. Brown is a research professor who has spent years studying emotions including courage. This book, published in 2018, gives strategies and examples on how to increase your bravery in leadership. It has a 4.2 of 5 rating on Goodreads and a 4.7 of 5 on Audible.
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