Here are our top 5 leadership books. Maybe you think books are outdated and not very important in today’s ever changing world of technology. But did you know that leaders really are readers? It has been found that most leaders read a book a week, on average. And this isn’t because they have minions doing all their work, and they have all this leisure time to sit around the pool and read. It’s because truly successful leaders are obsessed with self-improvement! They know they don’t know everything yet – so they want to keep on learning.
We are big readers in this house because we want to be the absolute best versions of ourselves that we can be. So we average at least a new book a month, and re-read some of our favorites at least once a year.
We have listed here our top 5 leadership books that have helped us to go from leaders in our household to leaders in our industry.
The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy
This book talks about the power of a simple choice, compounded over time. That daily Starbucks habit has an effect on your body, and on your financial goals. The 1 mile you choose to walk everyday has an effect on your body and your mind and your overall health. Small decisions lead to massive effects over time – you need to choose if those are going to be positive or negative.
If you read it on Audible, it is read by the author. Highly recommend.
Or you can get it on Amazon, here.
Relentless: The Power You Need to Never Give Up. by John Bevere
This book has challenged and pushed us to strive for more in absolutely every area of our lives. Bevere shares the stories of John the Baptist and Jesus and other mighty leaders. The common thread is that these amazing leaders didn’t run from adversity, and we shouldn’t either. We have to face them and stare them down. With faith. And power.
This list is not in any particular order, but this book is definitely in our top 2 of these top 5 leadership books!
If you read it on Audible, it is read by the author. It’s a great read!
You can get it on Amazon, here.
5 Levels of Leadership by John C Maxwell
Everyone has heard of John Maxwell. But those who truly study John Maxwell will understand why he is such a phenomenal leader. He is insightful and funny, and obviously brilliant.
The 5 Levels of Leadership are:
1. Position – People follow because they have to. 2. Permission – People follow because they want to.
3. Production – People follow because of what you have done for the organization.
4. People Development – People follow because of what you have done for them personally.
5. Pinnacle – People follow because of who you are and what you represent.
Once you master one level, you can move on to the next, to be the kind of leader that people choose to follow!
If you read it on Audible, it’s another great one read by the author.
Buy it on Amazon here.
Thou Shall Prosper: Ten Commandments for Making Money. By Rabbi Daniel Lapin
This book was an unexpected gem! It’s written by a Rabbi, and he just so beautifully describes how we were created by God to work. And to prosper. You don’t have to be Jewish to appreciate the timeless truths that Jews have used to excel in business. This is in part because of the value that they put on work and wealth. Your work doesn’t define you, but you also shouldn’t view work as a negative thing that you simply have to endure and bear. This is a more important mindset shift than you might think.
Read it on Audible. Note – it is LONG. But you can speed up the reading.
Get it on Amazon here.
The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results. By Gary Keller
Are you supposed to want more? Or less? With this book, you learn to have both. Minimize on the right things, maximize on the best things. You can decide what matters to you, and double down on those things, while letting go of the things that clutter and weigh you down. The ONE Thing has helped us to achieve incredible results in every area of our life.
Read it on Audible.
Buy it on Amazon here.