“Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.”

-Joseph Addison

Reading makes you better at everything you do. Books give you a new perspective, allowing you to do things differently than others.

Here’s a list of books that can appeal to and inspire the leader within you:

1. Gen Y Now: Millennials and the Evolution of Leadership

Author: Buddy Hobart and Herb Sendek

This book has been written keeping in mind the changing mindset of Gen Y, and showcases Millennials in a new light. It suggests that hiring millennials can be the best decision for a company, as they form the most creative and productive workforce.

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2. Serial Winner

Author: Larry Weidel

This book highlights the five basic principles of success.

1) Move forward when you feel stuck.
2) Crush early doubts and give yourself the best shot at succeeding.
3) Overcome obstacles to win anyway.
4) Maintain your mental toughness until you cross the finish line.
5) Avoid the winner’s trap and use the momentum of each win to achieve the next.

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3. Team of Teams

Author: General Stanley McChrystal, Tantum Collins, David Silverman, and Chris Fussell

In the process of explaining the story of the U.S.’s attempt at nation-building in Afghanistan, it describes how the commitment to achieve a goal can drive an organization even in the most complex and shifting environments.

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4. The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People

Author: Stephen Covey

This book uses insights and anecdotes to cover seven habits of highly effective people. It also has an audio version that is considered to be one of the most influential audio books ever recorded.

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5. Leadership and Self-Deception

Author: Arbinger Institute

If you’ve just begun your leadership journey, this is the perfect book for you. It uses the story of a man facing challenges in his job and family to show how we often oversee our true motivation and sabotage our own efforts to achieve success and happiness.

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6. Team Genius

Author: Rich Karlgaard and Michael S. Malone

This book includes results of scientific research describing team behavior and factors influencing their performance. If you want to learn the science behind creating the best and most productive teams, this can be your ultimate guide.

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7. Stand Out

Author: Dorie Clark

This book can help you through the process of cracking the perfect idea. It can help break the clutter and position your company as uniquely valuable.

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 8. How to Win Friends and Influence People

Author: Dale Carnegie

A classic book written decades ago, it covers simple lessons in emotional intelligence, giving ways to engage with people and influence them effectively. These factors are key to achieving success in your entrepreneurial career.

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 9. People Over Profit

Author: Dale Partridge

It describes managing people well as the prerequisite to any company’s success. If you don’t value your people more than your profits, it could eventually lead to your company’s downfall.

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 10. Drive

Author: Daniel Pink

Most of us think that motivating people by offering them more money is a great way of getting things done. In this book, the author declares this a big misconception and gives the real secrets to motivating people effectively.

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11. The 360-Degree Leader

Author: John C. Maxwell

You have the power to influence people around you. This book simplifies leadership and can be your guide to becoming an all-rounder leader and influence people effectively.

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