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The Best Leadership Books Ever

Updated on March 26, 2013

A List of Some of The Best Leadership Books Ever

Leaders are readers. This is a listing of some of the greatest leadership development books that you can own.

Great leadership leads to great relationships and great results. Read these books, and apply what you learn to your personal and professional life. If you do, you will have better relationships, better results, and better fulfillment.

In this lens, I have listed some of my favorite leadership books to help you find great resources more quickly. I've also got a section where you can recommend and vote for your favorites.

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The Top Five Reasons Leaders Need To Read

  • To get better at working with people.

  • To get better at controlling themselves.

  • To improve their communication skills.

  • To better understand influence principles.

  • To build better relationships and to get better results.

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If you're looking for other books I recommend, keep scrolling down.

Five Great Leadership Books

These are some of the best books on leadership that I have found. I refer to these five books frequently. They are listed in roughly the order I would recommend them to my colleagues and clients.

Five More Great Leadership Books

These are some additional books that I often recommend. These are probably equally as good as the books above, I just can't list every book as my favorite. :)

Some Other Great Books For Leaders - Add or Vote For Your Favorites

I'd love to know your thoughts for great books on leading and leadership. Please vote for your favorites here to help other people find great resources.

What Do You Think?

How important is it for leaders to be readers?

Absolutely critical!

Absolutely critical!

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    • Guy E Wood 3 years ago from USA

      Leaders must be readers.

      Being a sound and effective leader requires continued growth and a lifelong love of learning.

    • 3levels 5 years ago

      To me, it makes sense for leaders to read about the art of leadership because it accelerates their learning. After all, why wait for experience? Why not take advantage of others' experiences and insights to speed up your development?

    • lauragreene97 5 years ago

      It's imperative to be a voracious reader! I just finished another great book called "That's a Great Question." This one is a collection of more than 500 questions that top business leaders have asked time and again in their organizations. Great resource by management consultant Greg Bustin.

    • Paul Turner 5 years ago from Birmingham, Al.

      I like to say Leaders are Learners. if we quit learning, our leadership suffers.

    • TheBlairGroup 6 years ago

      Reading is extremely important to do as a Leader. As a leader you can never stop learning.

    • recoveringengin 8 years ago

      Really important. Every great leader I know is also a great reader.

    It's not a big deal.

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      • mdeakub 5 years ago

        Leaders are intuitive. Great leaders take decision based on judgement, not on experimental result. Still, in today's competitive ever-changing arena, reading can be a very good habit for leaders.

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          mdeakub 5 years ago

          Good post. Learning should always be a part of human life.

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          TheBlairGroup 6 years ago

          love the star wars reference!

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          jackieb99 6 years ago

          Great list. Thank you