What exactly is leadership?
There’s a quote that states “anyone can steer a ship but it takes a leader to chart the course”. What this interprets into is, that a leader will often need to navigate a team through challenging circumstances.
Leadership has nothing to do with seniority or one’s position in the hierarchy of a company. Anyone possessing a straight mind, capable of commencing assigned task while directing the support system positively qualifies for a leader. Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality. There are plenty of such visionaries, who penned their brainstorming ideas into an excellent work of literature for ordinary dreamers like us serving as a guide to excelling in what we aspire for. Let’s take a look at some of the 5 best books based on building our leadership skills.
1) One thing – Gary Keller
Gary Keller is the founder of the largest real estate company in America. This book narrates a core principle that’s based on ‘parito principle’ also known as the 80/20 rule. It states that 20% of your actions will produce 80% of the results that you’re after and that no actions are equal. There are always certain actions on your to-do list that will help you gain the outcome a lot faster and allow you to make more of a significant progress towards achieving that goal. This book explains how narrowing down your bucket list is going to help you prioritize the things that actually matter. In this book, Gary basically talks about how you need to ask yourself and define the one thing that is going to make the biggest growth in life. This book sounds a lot like a quick sort to all the confusions of the young minds making it a must grab.
2) The 21 irrefutable laws of leadership – John C. Maxwell
Internationally recognized leadership expert speaker and new York times best – selling author, john C. Maxwell has sold over 1 million copies of this brilliant masterpiece. If you want to make a positive impact in this world one thing will definitely help, leadership ability. In this book john c. Maxwell, who was once named by inc magazine as the number one leadership and management expert in the world shares his top 21 time tested leadership principles which in brief is about planning and strategic thinking, relationships, knowledge, intuition and a lot more.
3) David and Goliath – Malcolm Gladwell
Another one of the hits by Malcolm Gladwell, David and Goliath talks about what happens when ordinary people confront giants. This is pretty unique for a book topic. Each chapter of this book narrates a story of a different person, famous or unknown, unintelligent or brilliant who was faced with an outside challenge and they were forced to respond. Acc. To Gladwell, we tend to misinterpret some things about giants versus underdogs. Giants are often as weak as they don’t look and being an underdog changes us in ways that we don’t really seem to appreciate all the time. Using David and Goliath as the primary characters, he tries to explain the weaker dealing with the already well established giants in any field.
4) Good to Great – James C. Collins
James C. Collins is an American researcher, author, speaker and consultant focused on the subject of business.
This book makes it very clear that the most competent people in the right position is our best chance for success. Competence, ability and determination are everything. This isn’t only necessary for building leadership skills, but also for self-development. Deliberately written, with clear conceptual understanding, this book is vested with highly useful facts that everyone should know.
5) Dare to Lead – Brene Brown
If you haven’t read something by Brene, then you absolutely need to.
#1 New York Times bestseller, Dare to lead continues the author’s conquest for shame, dysfunction, ego, hate, indifference and everything else that tries to dehumanize and destroy us every day, she focuses her energy on vulnerability in the workplace where most of us spend a significant amount of our lives navigating. This book addresses an epidemic need for greater trust, authenticity, empathy and care within our organizations and places of work.
Truly daring leaders she explains, are prepared to be vulnerable and listen without interrupting with empathy connecting to emotion that manifests into an experience. They have self-awareness and self-love because who we are is ultimately how we lead.
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