Do you want to enhance your leadership skills this new year using the techniques of the best minds and thought leaders of today? Perhaps it is time to put some time aside in your busy schedule to read some of the top books on leadership and learn about the best ways to grow as a leader in the new decade. Here are a few to start with.
- The Infinite Game by Simon Sinek
The title of this book says it all. The author believes and teaches through this book that leadership is not a one-time accomplishment but rather a series of victories that are infinite—if planned right. A promotion or an award can provide us with a euphoric feeling, but it is fleeting. He believes true leadership stems from continual growth and self-imposed challenges.
- The Ride of a Lifetime: Lessons Learned from 15 Years as CEO of the Walt Disney Company by Robert Iger
Through his experiences of running the Walt Disney Company, one of the largest companies in the world, Iger chronicles all the lessons he learned about the leadership principles necessary to lead more than 200,000 employees. He details his 45 years with the conglomerate, including how he accepted and drove change, embraced and leveraged technology, and empowered employees through a strong company culture.
- Helping People Change: Coaching with Compassion for Lifelong Learning and Growth by Melvin L. Smith, Ellen Van Oosten, and Richard Boyatzis
“Coaching with compassion” is the name that the authors give the positive type of employee coaching they recommend to provide affirmative leadership. These methods encourage creative thinking and self-reflection. This book reinforces the belief that strong leaders find the strengths of each member of their teams and work to maximize potential to benefit each individual and the team as a whole.
- Loonshots: How to Nurture the Crazy Ideas That Win Wars, Cure Diseases, and Transform Industries by Safi Bahcall
Written by an entrepreneur who is also a renowned physicist, this book states how “groupthink” can kill the most radical and strange ideas, which usually are the ones that revolutionize the world. Bahcall urges leaders to loosen the way that companies look at out-of-the-box ideas and he also wants businesses to adapt their cultures to be more accepting of things that they may not understand right away.
Reading these books will help you to focus on leadership skills and will help you ensure that you and your team achieve and maintain success in 2020.