What do Bill Gates, Sheryl Sandberg, Nike founder Phil Knight, Dave Ramsey, plus tons of other amazing CEOs and leaders all have in common? Sure, they’re all incredibly successful—but they’re also all huge readers. And there is good reason for it. Leaders are readers.
In fact, study after study shows that reading makes you a whole lot smarter. It’s still the best way to quickly learn. And if you are leading a team, it just makes sense to read as many leadership books as you can. Reading also:
- Increases your vocabulary, which leads to better communication.
- Reduces stress—no one wants to work for a freaked-out stress ball.
- Makes you more empathetic—another great leadership trait.
The problem, though, is how do you know what books to choose when there are so many out there? We’ve got you covered! Here is our pick of the top 10 leadership books you need to have in your library.
Before we get started, here’s our very own public service announcement: Don’t listen to your book snob friends—you know you have them—who tell you that listening to audiobooks is “not reading.” That’s messed up. To your brain, physical books and audiobooks are pretty much the same.1 So if your schedule is incredibly tight, audiobooks are a great alternative. And while we’re talking about audio, podcasts are another easy way to learn, so we’ve included some podcast episodes that go along with the authors below. Enjoy!
Top 10 Leadership Books
Boundaries for Leaders by Dr. Henry Cloud
Building a StoryBrand by Donald Miller
Crucial Conversations by Joseph Grenny, Kerry Patterson, Ron McMillan and Al Switzler
Deep Work by Cal Newport
EntreLeadership by Dave Ramsey
How to Lead When You’re Not In Charge by Clay Scroggins
The Ideal Team Player by Patrick Lencioni
Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek
The One Thing by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan
Power of Moments by Chip and Dan Heath
For more book recommendations, check out The Ultimate EntreLeadership Reading Guide: 100 books on topics like hiring, business strategy, sales, leadership and more!