Improve your leadership credentials with this list of the best books, blogs and videos for aspiring leaders.
If you’re committed to becoming a better leader, you’ll know how important it is to stay on top of your game. With that in mind, this is a roundup post looking at some of the hottest content that leaders need to know about.
There are five recommendations in each category, although there could so easily be more. I’ve avoided mentioning the same thinkers in different categories even when there could be crossover (Seth Godin’s amazing books and blog, for example) in the interests of giving as much food for thought as possible.
Here are the books, blogs and videos about leadership that you need to get your hands on.
Must-Read Books About Leadership
James M. Kouzes & Barry Z. Posner, The Truth About Leadership
Based on 30 years of research, this book looks at the fundamental principles of great leadership, giving solid, practical advice for emerging leaders. A must-read, this is widely considered one of the best books on leadership out there.
Steven Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
The 7 Habits is as much conceptual as practical, walking the reader through a ‘paradigm shift’ in thinking that will allow you to become a better leader. It’s sold over 20 million categories and has held its place at the top of business best-seller lists for 25 years, with good reason.
Dale Carnegie, How to Win Friends and Influence People
Another classic, Carnegie’s book centres on a belief that successful leadership is 85% people-skills and only 15% professional knowledge. Giving endless practical examples, the book is a lesson in how to handle people without them feeling ‘handled’ in order to realise your own strategic objectives.
Daniel Kahneman, Thinking, Fast and Slow
An international bestseller and multiple award-winning book on thought, influence, choice and decision-making, this book calls on decades of psychological research that won its author a Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences. Powerful.
Bill George, Discover Your True North
Bill George is Senior Fellow of Harvard School of Business and a best-selling author on the topic of leadership. This book is his latest, offering a comprehensive guide to finding your inner compass, (your ‘true north’) in order to become a truly authentic leader.
Must-Read Blogs About Leadership
Dan Rockwell, Leadership Freak
Considered a top global leadership expert, Dan Rockwell’s blog regularly receives the most social shares of any blog in the leadership category. His USP is that all his posts are 300 words or less, so it makes for an excellent quick and insightful read.
Alison Green, Ask A Manager
Ask A Manager regularly tops the Alexa Ranking for top leadership blogs in the world, in part because it’s so hugely interactive. Alison invites readers to submit their questions, problems or frustrations and she writes blog posts giving advice. Simple and addictive.
Seth Godin, Seth’s Blog
Seth Godin has written nearly a dozen books, and travels the world as a hyper-successful speaker at leadership events. His blog discusses a broad range of topics ranging from theoretical (the nature of creativity) to practical (how to market yourself when you’re looking for a job). Short, pithy, and well-worth reading.
Michael Hyatt, Helping Leaders Leverage Influence
Weightier than some of those above, Hyatt posts 3 to 4 times a week on topics related to leadership development, personal development, productivity and influence. He also releases regular podcasts and is a best-selling author, so if you like his school of thought there’s plenty to get your teeth into.
John Maxwell, John Maxwell On Leadership
An incredibly popular thinker and author in the leadership space, Maxwell’s blog focusses on exploring the traits and skills needed to be an effective leader in a broad range of environments.
Must-Watch Videos About Leadership
Simon Sinek, How Great Leaders Inspire Action
A personal favourite, this video has been viewed over 25 million times. In it, Sinek espouses a powerful model for inspirational leadership based on real-world examples from some of our most successful leaders. His model rests on the principle of the ‘golden circle’ – of defining and leading from your ‘why’. Absolutely worth watching, and rewatching.
Steve Jobs, Stanford Commencement Speech 2005
Another favourite of mine, the only word to describe this speech is ‘inspirational’. It’s only 15 minutes long, but Jobs manages to cover life, death, and the importance of doing what you love. It’s impossible to do it justice in a few words: watch it, right now.
Dan Pink, The Puzzle of Motivation
In this short but heavy-hitting video, best-selling author Dan Pink discusses the science of motivation. Using examples from well-known businesses across the world, he illustrates the point that intrinsic drive is the only motivational factor leaders should rely on.
Roselinde Torres, What It Takes To Be a Great Leader
Clear, candid and concise, Rosalinde Torres shares 25 years of experience working with some of the greatest leaders in the world to answer the question: what makes a great leader in the 21st century?
Gary Vaynerchuk, The #AskGaryVee Show
Slightly different from the others, this is a YouTube channel rather than a single video. Boisterously opinionated, Gary Vaynerchuk is an author, speaker, entrepreneur and general Internet personality committed to helping others learn to ‘hustle’. Gary covers a broad range of topics from marketing to social media, personal branding to productivity, but his high-octane no-BS worldview underpins everything he does.
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