Learning is a key pillar of successful people. Of the many ways to learn, reading allows for a passive introduction to new thinking. It spurs creativity and invites you to think and act for the better—differently. There are tactical, near-term sources such as news feeds, newspapers and online aggregators but to get an in-depth creative perspective, nothing beats great books. Surprisingly, by taking just 15 or 30 minutes out of your day to read, you’ll polish off nearly a dozen books a year!
Below, I have listed my personal favorites, all of which have had a great impact on me, resonating and reinforcing my individual leadership style:
- How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
- 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
- The Effective Executive by Peter Drucker
- Good to Great by Jim Collins
- First 90 Days by Michael Watkins
- The CEO Code by David Rohlander
- Coaching for Improved Work Performance by Ferdinand Foulness
- Changing the Game: Organizational Transformations by Eric Flamholtz and Yvonne Randle
- In Search of Excellence by Thomas J. Peters and Robert H., Jr. Waterman
- Failing Forward by John Maxwell
- Execution:The Discipline of Getting Things Done by Larry Bossidy and Ram Charan
- Getting Things Done by David Allen.