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Top 5 Books On Effective Leadership

Updated on August 5, 2015

Zig Ziglar

Zig Ziglar's Biscuits Fleas and Pumphandles CD

The definitive work of Zig Ziglars career

60 Minutes. ISBN#: 156207007CD

Zig Ziglar is a master of sales and positive thinking. He recorded this legacy for the future back in 1972 and has added additional recordings over the years. This one remains the best. He began speaking to audiences Dallas, Texas and spreading throughout the world. I attended a business seminar in the early 19080s that included Zig Ziglar and Maya Angelo, and I have never forgotten it. He made us laugh and think, and she played a guitar and sang to us.

"Biscuits Fleas and Pump Handles" contains common sense, down to earth observations, ideas, and research that MR. Ziglar had accomplishes over many years. It is all founded on the principles of hope and integrity, along with humor. Mr. Ziglar provides a plan for living a balanced and meaningful life in which we can have everything we want if we will only help enough other people attain what they want.

Zig Ziglar has changed lives. Once, at dinner after one of his motivational type conferences, he and some associates left a nice note of thanks and praise with their tips for their waiter, a man in his late 40s or older who has been supporting his family with this hard work for many years. The waiter read the not and chased out onto the street after the Ziglar party to tell them how much the note meant to him. He was nearly in tears. Zig Ziglar is a master of humanity.


Reverend Billy Graham, Minster to the Presidents

The Leadership Secrets of Billy Graham - Audiobook

By: Harold Myra, Marshall Shelley. Zondervan; 2005. 10 hours, 17 minutes.

Dr. Billy Graham is unmatchable. He has notable personal humility and professional determination to advance the Kingdom of God no matter what. At he dedication of the Billy Graham Library and Museum he said about it, "There's too much Billy Graham."

This particular book points out twenty principles of leadership associated with certain character traits,. The book uses stories of Billy Graham's adventures in evangelism around the work to drive the points home. Graham as advised many US Presidents and been on the Gallop Top Ten Most Admired list a total of 39 times, more than any other human being.

At the beginning of the 21st century Dr. Graham was named one of Time Magazine's Top Ten Leaders of the |Century. The stories in this book illustrate leadership alues that can be used at home, at work, in school, at church, and elsewhere.

No Excuse Leadership

Lessons from the U.S. Army's Elite Rangers

Edited by Brace Barber; John Wiley & Sons Inc. ISBN: 9780471488033

Despite many folks' wish that there be no war, no need for national defense and no need for the US Armed Forces, I think that each branch has its successes that can be applied to the world of business or any other kind of leadership position.

Leadership that is effective wins out over the competition. The Editor, Brace Barber, offers his own story from his time in the US Army Rangers, along those of nine other Army Rangers. Barber outlines the basics of the planning, actions, and determination required to win. Each chapter is a testimony of personal pain and victory. They shine a light on the United States Army and its fundamental leadership principles:

1) Seek and take responsibility for your actions and

2) Know yourself and actively pursue self-improvement.

Adopting these principles for continuous improvement will add to the quality of your life and the success of any business.

Lest you think this may be a defense of something that is too gung-ho and war-happy, remember the Asian proverb that encompasses the same principals:

"Happy where I am,

Also willing to improve."

Chapter Titles

1. Rangers Are Persistent (Brace Barber).

2. Rangers Are Humble (Robert Turner)..

3. Rangers Are Focused (Eric Faulkner).

4. Rangers Are Driven (Mark Chandler).

5. Rangers Are Instinctual (David Stockwell).

6. Rangers Are Honest (Lance Bagley).

7. Rangers Are Selfless (Eric Werner).

8. Rangers Are Confident (W. John Hutt).

9. Rangers Are Dutiful (Scott Sharp).

10. Rangers Are Determined (Steve Adams).


Jesus, CEO

Jesus CEO : Using Ancient Wisdom for Visionary Leadership

by Laurie Beth Jones; Hyperion; 1996. ISBN-10: 0786881267; ISBN-13: 978-0786881260

This book contains three divisions: Self Mastery, Action, and Relationships. That about covers everything you need to be a good leader. You need to know yourself and be able to harness your passions, creativities and foible sin order to make them work for you and other people. Then you need to help others to do the same thing in order to produce the utmost in products and services through outstanding customer service and human employee treatment. Being a leader is a role of stewardship, not "telling other people what to do."

The book includes questions to think about at the end of each chapter. Insights are profound, but applicable to daily life in a practical way. The author talks about Jesus and his successful team approach and strategic planning style as well as his habit of helping others, staying in constant contact with the Boss and always setting an example by modeling the lessons and work he wanted others to learn and perform. Chapters are short and have dramatic impact. Easy to read and hard to forget.

Bill Gates Speaks: Insight from the World's Greatest Entrepreneur

Bill Gates Speaks: Insight from the World's Greatest Entrepreneur

by Janet Lowe; John Wiley & Sons Inc; 2001. ISBN-10: 0471401692; ISBN-13: 978-0471401698

Bill Gates is a leader, because he can make so much money. Happily, his is also a philanthropist and does some good with parts of his income. Author Janet Lowe complied most of Gates' ideas and philosophies by collecting articles, interviews, stories, and other quotes from Bill Gates in speeches, newspapers, etc.. She gives us the Bill Gates days at Harvard and the creation of the Microsoft complex in Washington State. He has helped to shape parts of society and the world with his money.

While money is not everything, or even perhaps the main thing, it is SOMEthing - a useful tool.

© 2007 Patty Inglish


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      Foram 7 years ago from india

      These are classic leadership books that have stood the test of time and are essential reading for anyone wanting to develop their leadership skills.

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      funky23 7 years ago from Deutschland

      really nice

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      Chew Mark 7 years ago

      Wow, all these books are really inspirational. Jesus CEO is really one good read!

      Leadership Lessons from Westpoint is also one book that has influenced me.

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      Patty Inglish 10 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Hi Bonnie! I'll take a look at Mr. Canfield's book as well. Thanks for the tip.

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      Bonnie Ramsey 10 years ago from United States

      Interesting list, Patty! Will definitely be looking into these books! Another great one I have is called "The Success Principles" by Jack Canfield. He is an excellent writer and leader himself! Thanks for the list!

      Bonnie Ramsey

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      Karina 10 years ago from Bellingham

      These look like excellent books, about people who have demonstrated their leadership abilities


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      Patty Inglish 10 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Yes, when I first picked up the book, I was impresssed by the chapter titles. Thanks for the comment.

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      Paul Edmondson 10 years ago from Burlingame, CA

      Patty, Thanks for the list. I've been thinking about the pros and cons of military style leadership. I'll definitely read "No Excuse Leadership".