There are tons of leadership books out there. I’ve read more than I can count over the years. Some were great, some…. eh not so great.
Through all my reading, there are three in particular that have stood the test of time as guiding principles for how I lead and work with others.
1. Dare to Lead by Dr. Brene Brown
I am a HUGE fan of basically everything that Dr. Brene Brown puts out into the world. She is a researcher, storyteller and overall badass women who is leading the charge in how we understand ourselves and relate to others. This book will shift how you interact and communicate with others and absolutely leave you a better person than before.
She has also put together a wonderful library of free resources you can use in concert with this book.
2. The Coaching Habit by Michael Bungay Stainer
I love a quick, practical book that teaches me the “how” not just the “what” and this book does just that. In this book, you learn how to coach people through things by asking the right questions and listening effectively.
You can read this book in an afternoon and keep it at your office to reference when you are having conversations with others. What I love, is that these principles can be applied to your personal and professional life.
3. Work Rules! by Laszlo Bock
Some things within this book may seem a bit far stretched in terms of what is possible to implement at your company, but it’s still worth a read. Laslo was Google’s visionary head of People Operations in the early days and he did a phenomenal job of building a company culture like no other.
There are so many great lessons that you can take and apply as a leader within your life and your career.
I hope you enjoy these books as much as I do! If you read any of them, let me know your thoughts by sending me a note.