Leadership can’t be taught; leaders are born not made. However, these popular books by famous leaders will help you on the way to being a good leader.
1. “The Lean Startup” by Eric Ries.
“The Lean Startup by Eric Ries is the greatest business book. A must-read for any manager or leader. It teaches you how to build a company and focus on the key aspects that will make it successful. It dives deep into case studies and walks you through exactly what to do. It kills startup myths and gives you specific tactics to help you dominate.” ~ Rishi Shah, Flying Cart LLC
2. Jonathan Livingston Seagull By Richard Bach.
Extract- “Don’t believe what your eyes are telling you. All they show is limitation.”
3. The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius.
“Marcus Aurelius was a warrior—who then became a Roman emperor. He wrote his lessons on greatness and a life well lived during a multi-year military campaign. Someone got his notes. And put it into this book. I go back to this book often. It strengthens my character. And resolve to help more people”. – Robin Sharma
4. Caesar: Life of a Colussus by Adrian Goldsworthy
”Et tu, Brute”- Caesar.
5. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
Extract- “Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”
6. The Twelve Absolutes of Leadership-Gary Burnison
“In The Twelve Absolutes of Leadership, Gary Burnison captures the timeless principles that leaders must possess, beyond intelligence, courage and heart. These essential elements speak to the integrity and authenticity that underscore all effective leadership.”
—Carlos Slim, entrepreneur, investor, multitasker.
7. “The Rare Find: Spotting Exceptional Talent Before Everyone Else” by George Anders
“Being a great leader means filling your team with the best people. I just read The Rare Find by George Anders about how to spot exceptional hires. It uses techniques and case studies—from army recruiting and NBA scouting to top level executive hires. I have used a lot of the ideas to refine my hiring strategy which will hopefully fill my team with judicious choices as we grow!” ~ Vanessa Nornberg, Metal Mafia
8. By Invitation Only by Alexis Maybank and Alexandra Wilkis Wilson
Quote: “On that first day we sensed something revolutionary was happening: people were genuinely excited about Gilt. We had created a website that could potentially change the rules of retail, for both shoppers and brands.” — Alexis Maybank and Alexandra Wilkis Wilson
9. “Strategic Leadership: The General’s Art” by Mark Grandstaff and Georgia Sorenson
“Edited by Mark Grandstaff and Georgia Sorenson, Strategic Leadership: The General’s Art is a must-read for entrepreneurs looking to improve their management leadership. It provides the keys to leadership success shared by America’s senior military leaders and experts in strategic leadership, critical thinking, and corporate culture. It also provides practical exercises to help put the strategic theories into action.” ~ Anthony Saladino, Kitchen Cabinet King
10. Pour Your Heart into It: How Starbucks Built a Company One Cup at a Time
CEO Howard Schultz discusses the customer-service principles that made Starbucks a household name.
11. Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck
“Learning from other’s successes is extremely valuable however sometimes learning from our own mistakes is more memorable. We embrace our mistakes, learn not to repeat them, and therefore are constantly pushing the limits to get better.”
12. Idea Man by Paul Allen
Inspirational Quote: “Any crusade requires optimism and the ambition to aim high.” — Paul Allen
13. Start Something That Matters by Blake Mycoskie
Quote: “You don’t have to have a lot of money, a complicated business plan, or a great deal of experience to start something.” — Blake Mycoskie
14. Losing My Virginity: How I Survived, Had Fun, and Made a Fortune Doing Business My Way-Richard Branson
Inspirational Quote: “Most ‘necessary evils’ are far more evil than necessary.” –Richard Branson
15. Shark Tales by Barbara Corcoran with Bruce Littlefield
Extract- “The story of my billion-dollar business starts like this: I borrowed $1,000 from a friend.” — Barbara Corcoran
16. The Martha Rules by Martha Stewart
Build your business success around something that you love — something that is inherently and endlessly interesting to you.
17. Treasure Island by Robert L. Stevenson
“Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others.” Robert Louis Stevenson
18. The Notes: Ronald Reagan’s Private Collection of Stories and Wisdom by Ronald Reagan
“The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things.” Ronald Reagan
19. Bossypants- Tina Fey
“Don’t waste your energy trying to educate or change opinions; go over, under, through, and opinions will change organically when you’re the boss. Or they won’t. Who cares? Do your thing, and don’t care if they like it.” Tina Fey
If you want to be an effective leader, it is very important that you are passionate, dedicated most importantly, that you stick to it. Giving up is not an option for a leader.