There is a leader in each one of us. Some are born leaders and some have to discover it within. Leadership never means popular faces with lots of followers but definitely it means a name that people look up to in all situations. True leaders are those who help you attain the path of your success and happiness.
We are here compiling a small list of great books written to improve leadership qualities. This list targets professionals, individuals and businesses.
Books That Help You to Build And Improve Your Leadership Skills
Now, Discover Your Strengths by Marcus Buckingham and Donald O Clifton is a wonderful and unique self-help book helps in identifying the most prevalent human strengths. The authors advocate focusing on enhancing strengths rater than focusing on removing weaknesses. Follow up of coauthors’ popular last book, First, Break All the Rules, it comprises 34 personal character attributes named by authors as “talent themes” and explains how to develop the required skills more easily, improve employee confidence and the company’s overall performance.
This is a perfect book for the millions of people who wish for authentic, moral, character-driven leaders. Bill George, the former CEO and the chairman of Medtronic, explicitly recounts many of the toughest challenges he came across—from ethical predicaments and battles with the FDA to his own journey to become a successful leader. With his book, Authentic Leadership, the author provides five essential dimensions of authentic leaders-purpose, heart, values, relationships and self-discipline.
This is a useful management book by a successful businessman who has often admired for his excellent leadership skills, Jack Welch. It gives a fresh and inspiring look into the qualities of a successful leader. One of the most influential people of 20th century, John demonstrates his childhood days, his college years, his career as the CEO and chairman of GE, his leadership styles, management beliefs, philosophy and secretes of his success. He brings to light the competitive process and the struggle he made to become the CEO of GE.
Books That Help You to Enhance the Company’s Overall Performance through Your Leadership Expertise
Self Leadership and the One Minute Manager: The number one New York Times bestselling author, Ken Blanchard, with coauthors Susan Fowler and Laurence Hawkins, teaches the skills of self-leadership through his captivating business book, The One Minute Manager. By following the techniques mentioned by Ken on his book, millions of managers in Fortune 500 companies and small businesses nationwide increased their efficiency, job satisfaction, and personal prosperity.
In Search of Excellence’ is Tom Peter’s first book that sold more than 6 million copies and still is one of the most readable books of all time. Co-authored with Bob Waterman, this phenomenal bestseller comprises eight characteristics of excellent companies; namely action-stimulating, customer-oriented, self-sufficiency and entrepreneurship, profit-maximizing practices– that made these companies tick. This is the result of two decades of rigorous researches conducted by these two brilliant authors in forty-three of America’s most successful companies from a diverse array of business sectors.
Execution The Discipline of Getting Things Done
Written by the former chairman and CEO of Honeywell International- Larry Bossidy and the legendary advisor to CEOs and senior executives- Ram Charan, Execution emphasis on the fact that any company does not become successful only through the brilliant strategies they followed but by their relentless focus on implementation. Jam packed with stories from the warfront, this book explains how the leadership is the crucial part to get ongoing financial success.
Good to Great Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don’t
Sold over 4 million copies, this massive bestseller by James C. Collins explains how some companies transitioned from being average companies to great companies and why some companies failed to achieve the good-to-great growth. Filled with innovative thoughts, comprehensive examples, and data to support the conclusions, this nearly 300-page book is a must have for every businessman and aspiring entrepreneur.
Self-Help Books for All Aspiring Leaders
Dale Carnegies has changed the lives of millions of people around the world through his teachings. With his excellent ability to understand human nature and conversational style, he teaches the important principles of dealing with people so that they feel important and appreciated. Originally published in 1936, this best-selling self-help book by Dale is a must-read for every entrepreneur and communicator.
This is an inspiring story of a struggling and a failing leader- Debbie who learns the lessons of management in the training program offered by her company. Incidentally, the president of the company, Jeff Brown happens to be her mentor. He teaches her to be a serving leader rather than a self-serving leader. Based on the legendary bestselling author Ken Blanchard’s personal experience and drawn from examples of best leaders, this book contains five essential concepts to achieve leadership success.