Quick clips in your Facebook feed and LinkedIn articles can be fun and interesting. But the top professionals know the best wisdom lies in leadership books. Penned by pioneers in their respective industries, we want to recommend our favorite selections that can help you develop your leadership skills. Whether you’re a veteran in management or new to a leadership position, these books can help you maximize your abilities throughout 2018.
Leaders Eat Last, by Simon Sinek
In this book, the author uses examples of how leadership plays out in the military, in corporate environments, and many other settings you can apply to your operations. Sinek discusses the importance of collaboration and strong leadership from the top down. If you want to emphasize teamwork and have a cooperative leadership style, this book is the right read for you.
Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALS Lead and Win, by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin
If you are new to a leadership role, you may benefit from reading this Willink and Babin book. One of the best kept secrets in management is how to maintain confidence and grace in the most difficult situations. These authors share examples that will show you how to be successful even under immense pressure.
Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, by Sheryl Sandberg
If you’re looking for a comedic read that’s perfect for anyone looking to understand the female perspective, Lean In is a great choice. This motivational read can help you develop empathy and dig into your innermost strengths. Sandberg’s advice is most valuable for women looking to stand out as effective leaders.
Good to Great, by Jim Collins
Our final choice is for leaders who want to get down to business. For a no-nonsense professional, we recommend Good to Great. Jim Collins is an insightful speaker who provides specific action items that can take your company to the next level. By reading this book, you’ll be able to compare different companies and identify how your process compares.