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Best Leadership Books

With the rapid development of society and economy, it becomes more and more important to develop leadership no matter you are managers or group leaders. Here are some best leadership books that can spur chances and challenges for you to enhance your leadership.

Must-have Leadership Book – Good to Great

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Good to Great is one of those distinguished books that managers and CEOs are going to keep reading for many times. This book explores the possibility that a good company becomes a great company and the universal distinguishing traits that help a company become great.

During the five-year project, Jim Collins and his team first selected the good-to-great companies according to tough standard, and then compared and contrasted those companies with the companies which failed to make the leap from good to great. Finally they find the keys to greatness.

This book is full of stories and examples from the great and not so great, written in a well-reasoned and simple way. Its findings can surprise many leaders at all levels and illuminate virtually every area of management strategy and practice.

So just hold on to the book and find the secrets!

Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action

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Simon Sinek successfully directs and assists a great many leaders such as members of Congress, foreign ambassadors,as well as organizations like Microsoft and 3M to inspire people.  Start with Why is the very book based on his findings which should be on every leader’s bookshelf.

In studying the leaders who’ve had great influence in the world like Martin Luther King Jr., Steve Jobs, and the Wright Brothers, Simon Sinek finds out that they all started with a powerful ideaWHY which Sinek calls The Golden Circle. He believes that this idea can provide a framework upon which organizations can be built, movements can be lead, and people can be inspired.

“It doesn’t matter what you do, it matters Why you do it.” Start With Why offers an unconventional but simple and inspiring perspective that makes clear why some people and organizations are more innovative, more profitable, and are able to keep their success in the following years.

In addition to his brilliant, profound and fascinating ideas, you will also like his enjoyable style of writing.

True North: Discover Your Authentic Leadership

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As a BusinessWeek bestseller, True North demonstrates a practical and comprehensive program for leadership success and discovers how to plan your own personal leadership development. This book is based on researches and first-person interviews with 125 of today’s top leaders about such topics as authentic self, leadership principles and motivations.

Teamed up with co-author Peter Sims, the former Medtronic CEO and current Harvard Business School professor Bill George offers readers another extraordinary and inspiring book as a sequel to his 2003 bestseller, Authentic Leadership.

In this book, you can not only acquire a practical and inspiring examination of the executive experience, but also know more about the struggles and triumphs of those leaders interviewed in the book to help better understand yourselves.

All in all, True North offers a rare opportunity for everyone to improve their leadership and become the authentic leaders they were born to be.

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable

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The Five Dysfunctions of a Team begins with a leadership fable that Lencioni, the CEO of a struggling Silicon Valley firm, takes charge of a dysfunctional executive committee and helps to restore this dysfunctional executive team. Besides, the author provides suggestions on tackling each of the dysfunctions and insights into the role of a leader in this process. What’s more, the book provides you with a Team Assessment tool to help to evaluate your own teams

In summary, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team is full of useful and effective information that is easy for readers to digest and implement.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change

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Good habits lay the foundation of success. What habits you should have and how to cultivate a good habit? That’s what you will find in the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Published in early year in the 90s, it has become the origin of the modern management book and the reference book of  fortune 500 companies’ training. In the past two decades, this book guided readers and helped them success.

The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership: Follow Them and People Will Follow You (10th Anniversary Edition)

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You may have heard the original version of this book, published in 1997. The author, John C. Maxwell , well-known speaker, coach and New York Times bestselling author go around the whole world training people and giving speeches in the last 10 year. As Maxwell said, he learned a lot and wanted to share what he learned with his readers. Revised and extended every single low, this edition is his contribution.

The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership wants to tell us that leadership ability determines a person’s level of effectiveness. so you should hold these point, influence, process, respect, connection, sacrifice and so on. These laws are the foundation of leadership. It must be a long process that you should remember these 21 lows and try to use it in your daily work, so that your leadership can be enhanced.

Turn the Ship Around!: A True Story of Turning Followers into Leaders

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Maybe the author, an experienced Navy officer taking advantage of  hundred  soldiers in the deep sea is what makes this book different. In such a  high-stress environment, obey is an absolutely low for soldiers. Once they put themselves in danger, he found he is just in a culture of following, which may cost their lives. But after that, Marquet did something to make his soldier positive, responsible and lead themselves.

Look into Turn the Ship Around and find what did he do. No matter your business or position, just try Marquet’s radical guidelines to turn your own ship around.

Leadership and Self-Deception: Getting out of the Box

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Many highly respected people, like CEO and president, recommend Leadership and Self-deception: Getting Out of the Box as the MUST-read book for this book summarizes their successful leadership experience in their career.

No careful and detailed analysis exist in this book. All start with a simple story a man facing challenges on the job and in his family, showing that we always blind ourselves to things we really want. Hope the narrative form can lead you to your deep mind.

Since it first published in 2000, this book become best-seller and received extensive correspondence. In new edition, the author add a section taken in readers’ experience  improving their lives and workplaces—areas such as development, conflict resolution, team building and personal growth after reading this book.

Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

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Lean In: Woman, Work, and the Will to Lead may be popular with feminists, for it tries to convinced people that the power structure is unfair to women. The author Sandberg, a legend herself, picks up lean in as a special concept which describes a attitude that women try to balance the expectation formed from society culture and  the desire in their deep soul. Combining personal anecdotes, hard data, and compelling research, this book is an inspiring call which can change the  the conversation from what women can’t do to what they can.

Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

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Daniel H. Pink (author of Drive: The Surprising Truth About Motivating Others) told us that the most efficient way to initiate is not the reward and punishment system which is the most widely used. What  business does is far away from what scientists research. It’s said that autonomy, mastery, and purpose the three factors of true motivation which is always ignored by managers who make the system of rewards and penalties.

Once knowing it, you will understand that making people hard work all the time is not impossible. Autonomy means people want to control over their work. Mastery suggests people wants to achieve more. And purpose shows the possibility that people want something more. Certainly, more details about why and how this three factors function can be found in this book. Read it and revise your stereotype.

Written by Sally Xu

Sally Xu

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