One of the questions I hear all the time is "What are the best books to help me develop my leadership skills?"
When you search Amazon for leadership, there are thousands of books to read.
And I have my own long list of books, but I was really curious to know what are the most recommended books out there.
So I decided to do my own mini research project.
I went out to all the places where I know that some pretty smart people hang out.
I checked in with my fellow coaches.
I put up a bunch of posts on Facebook groups like the one for Harvard Business Review subscribers.
I sent an email out to my peers in my graduate program on organizational leadership and learning.
And then I took ALL those recommendations, and plugged them into excel and made a lovely colour coded pivot chart (because I'm nerdy like that ;)
Overall, I had 526 book recommendations.
What did I find?
First of all.. there are a LOT of books being recommended.
In fact... there were 318 unique book recommendations for the "best" leadership book.
Let's say it takes you a week to read a book.
(What?? A week?? Yes. I promise it can be done!)
If you read a book a week, it would still take you more than 6 years to read that entire list of books.
Six years is a long time to get started with your leadership journey.
Instead of giving you the full list, I decided that we need to prioritize. I figure that a list of 5 is a great place to start.
So take a look below at the top 5 most recommended leadership books.
The 5 Most Recommended Leadership Books
*The links are from my Amazon affiliate account and will give me a small commission at no cost to you, should you choose to purchase any of the books. It's a little bit like buying me a coffee!
So there you are, five excellent books to add to your reading list.
Do you like lists like these?
If so, you're going to love the quiz I'm working on:
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