Leadership is not something you can learn overnight. It is a long process that takes many years to master. Like most journey’s leadership requires constant learning and practice. I collected the five best books on leadership that are a must read for any leader or SME.
Drucker on Leadership: New Lessons from the Father of Modern Management
By William Cohen, 2010. USA: Jossey-Bass.
Peter Drucker is possibly the most well-known leadership expert in the world. William Cohen collates a wealth of information from Peter Drucker’s 40 books and articles. Peter has been coined the Father of Modern Management and this book provides great insight into his theories.
Leadership is an Art
By Max Depree, 2004. USA : Crown Business.
This book stresses the importance of the ‘whys’ in business rather than the ‘hows’. An area where other scholars tend to focus their efforts. Max Depree suggests success is achieved by developing the spirit within ourselves first which is achieved through a proven leadership framework. It’s great for businesses wanting to create an engaging and motivating culture.
Primal Leadership: Learning to Lead with Emotional Intelligence
By Daniel Goleman, Richard Boyatzis & Annie McKee, 2004. USA: Harvard Business School Press.
There has been a lot of talk about emotional intelligence within leadership. It is becoming a vital aspect of every great leader. This book is an essential read on the topic of Emotional Intelligence in leadership as it reveals the truths of successful leaders and their adaptive leadership styles.
The Engaging Leader: Winning with Today’s Free Agent Workforce
By Ed Gubman, 2003. USA: Dearborn Trade Publishing.
The war on talent is at the forefront of everyone’s mind. Leadership talent is becoming harder and harder to find let alone retain. This poses a big question; how do you attract and retain talent? This book emphasises the importance of coaching your greats and teaches how to develop their individual strengths.
Why Should Anyone Be Led By You?
By Robert Goffee & Gareth Jones, 2006. USA: Harvard Business School Press.
Why Should Anyone Be Led By You? It’s a question all leaders face in their tenure and it’s a question that can be quite difficult to answer. Gofee and Jones assist you in your journey by suggesting people want to be led by authentic leaders, not leaders who meet a certain checklist of character traits. This read will transform the way you view leadership.
What are you waiting for? Equip yourself with these great leadership books. You’ll learn more than you can imagine.