5 Books Every Leader (or Those Who Want to Lead) Should Read

“Your team will never grow beyond you… are you growing?” says Dave Ramsey in EntreLeadership. Excellent point. And what better place to start than reading top-notch leadership books? This list is in no particular order and by no means exhaustive, but will hopefully get the wheels turning.

  • The Question Behind the Question (John G. Miller):  Miller examines how the lack of personal accountability can paralyze an organization from achieving goals. We can no longer ask, “Who dropped the ball?” “Why can’t they do their work properly?” But rather, “How can I improve this situation?” “What can I contribute?” or “How can I make a difference?” QBQ provides a method for putting personal accountability into daily action, which can bring astonishing results: problems get solved, barriers come down, service improves, teamwork grows, and people adapt to change.
  • The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership (John Maxwell):  This best-seller is a must-read for anyone in leadership. Maxwell brings insights from over 40 plus years of successes and observations from the worlds of business, politics, sports, religion and military conflict. “Apply these laws and people will follow you. Violate or ignore them, and you will not be able to lead others. The good news is that every one of the 21 laws of leadership can be learned,” writes Maxwell.
  • 7 Habits of Highly Successful People (Stephen Covey):  First published in 1989, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People was an almost instant bestseller. This is one of the rare books that has influenced presidents, CEOs, educators, and individuals all over the world not only to improve their businesses and careers but to live with integrity, service, dignity, and success in all areas of life.
  • EntreLeadership: 20 Years of Practical Business Wisdom from the Trenches (Dave Ramsey):  Whether you’re sitting at the CEO’s desk, in the middle manager’s cubicle, or at a card table in your living-room based start-up, EntreLeadership provides practical, step-by-step guidance to grow your business where you want it to go. Ramsey opens up his playbook to show you everything from how to inspire your team to handling money to reaching every goal you set.
  • Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap… And Others Don’t (Jim Collins):  “Good is the enemy of great- and that is why we have so little that becomes great,” writes Collins. Are there companies that defy gravity and convert long-term mediocrity or worse into long-term superiority? And if so, what are the universal distinguishing characteristics that cause a company to go from good to great? The findings of the Good to Great study will surprise many readers and shed light on virtually every area of management strategy and practice.