Learning never stops, especially if you want to advance in a management career. To move ahead in management, you need to know how exceptional leaders operate, what they do, and why they do it.
Here are a few of the best leadership books ever published to help you do just that:
The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
This is one of the best-known books on self-development and leadership development. It provides a step-by-step guide to living with fairness, integrity, honesty, and dignity. It explains how to adapt to change and how to develop the wisdom and power needed to take advantage of opportunities that come with change.
True North by Bill George
This book was written by the former CEO of Medtronic. It describes a complete program for successful leadership and shows people how to create their own personal leadership development plan. The author interviewed 125 of the most successful leaders in the country for insight into how they develop their own brand of authentic leadership.
Wooden on Leadership by John Wooden
Wooden is the most successful coach in college basketball history, winning an astounding 10 national titles at UCLA. In this book, the legendary coach describes his pyramid of success and his 12 lessons on leadership. He talks about the mental, emotional, and physical qualities that are necessary to put together a winning organization. He also explains how a person can develop the skill, confidence, and competitive drive to be their best and to help their organization be the best.
On Becoming a Leader by Warren Bennis
This book by one of the most well-known experts on leadership explains why leaders are made, not born. He examines the qualities that define what leadership is, the people who manifest those qualities, and the strategies that anyone can use to achieve great leadership.
This book is considered a classic in the field.
The Effective Executive. The Definitive Guide to Getting the Right Things Done by Peter Drucker
Drucker is known as the father of modern management. In this book, he argues that effective management is the ability to get the right things done. The Effective Executive explains the five practices that are necessary to business management.
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