Top 10 Books for Leaders recommended by Leaders

September 15, 2018

 

I scoured the internet to find out what it was that top leaders were reading.  Most of the prominent leaders in the world read every single day.  You may wish to download the document at the end of this article which is more detailed, meanwhile you can simply skim through this article quickly.  

 

 

In this book, Kahneman exposes certain extraordinary capabilities of fast thinking along with its flaws and biases and explains how it shapes a person’s behaviour and thoughts. 

 

 

 

Daniel Kahneman is the Senior Scholar at Princeton University and Professor Emeritus of Public Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Daniel Kahneman is also an eminent new-age economist and on 2002 was bestowed with the prestigious Nobel Prize in Economics.

 

 

 

The book even provides an insight into some of the world’s top companies and renowned personalities. For instance, the book tells about keystone habits of various individuals like Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps, civil rights hero Martin Luther King Jr. and Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz. Even success stories of different organizations, like Procter & Gamble, Target superstores, Rick Warren's Saddleback Church, NFL locker rooms along with that of the nation's largest hospitals are highlighted in the book. 

 

 

Through his book, the author Charles Duhigg wants to tell the world how changing certain habits can make a huge difference between success and failure, life and death. The readers shall be enlightened to find that few good habits can be the leading cause of betterment of community, businesses or individual growth. 

 

In this book, Sinek quotes that some of the most successful and influential people ​in the world like Steve Jobs, Martin Luther King Jr. focused not on the results of their venture but on the question why. People who ask 'why' than 'how' or 'what' are those who touch lives with their works and inspire people over the years.

 

They achieve remarkable things and carve a place for themselves in the world. By quoting some real life stories, the author gives clear ideas on what it takes to desire, inspire and lead.  Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone To Take Action is for those who dream big and want to achieve their dreams. 
 
Simple yet effective words help readers dream big and chase their dreams.

 

 

The authors of the book Kenneth Hartley Blanchard and Spencer Johnson have briefly explained few methods of management that are based on few studies in medicine and behavioural sciences. The book talks about three practical management techniques such as one minute goal setting, one minute praising and one minute reprimand. These three simple yet effective techniques could do wonders for both individual and organisational growth.

 

By following these three effective techniques, a manager may grow individually as well as lead to organisational growth in long term. Written in simple, easy-to-understand language, the book can help the readers understand how simple changes can actually work in real management situations.

 

 

Eric Ries is a young Entrepreneur from the Silicon Valley in USA and an author who has founded the concept of “Lean Start up”. He is also a regular blogger.

 

The way to start a company has changed drastically over the time and this book will explain you how to utilize this change to our benefit. The book provides the plan, how a 'startup' is a company devoted to creating something innovative under circumstances of extreme uncertainty. As per author Every one of us has one thing in common and that is to clear the way of uncertainty and reach the target of having a sustainable, unbeaten and balanced company. 

 

 

 

The market is full of products that have similar qualities. However, very few of these products grow successful over the years. 

 

What makes these products successful? This book tries to analyze this question and looks to find the answer using definitive research and a wide range of methodologies. This book also talks about the 'Hook Model’ that involves a four step process focusing on consumer behaviour. This model talks about the reasons why few products catch our attention amongst an extensive range and the various brand strategies which work.

 

Then, there is the concept of 'hook cycles’ which deals with bringing people back to the products again and again even without the use of regular advertising. After a careful analysis, the author gives various techniques which enable the readers to create a system which allows them to form these hook cycles.

 

 

Getting to Yes has been in print for over thirty years, and in that time has helped millions of people secure win-win agreements both at work and in their private lives. Including principles such as:

 

Don't bargain over positions

 

Separate the people from the problem and

 

Insist on objective criteria

 

Getting to Yes simplifies the whole negotation process, offering a highly effective framework that will ensure success.
 

 

The next Bill Gates will not build an operating system.

 

The next Larry Page or Sergey Brin won’t make a search engine.

 

If you are copying these guys, you aren’t learning from them.

 

It’s easier to copy a model than to make something new: doing what we already know how to do takes the world from 1 to n, adding more of something familiar. 

 

Every new creation goes from 0 to 1. This book is about how to get there.
 

 

 

Newport uses principles of psychology and neuroscience to enhance his points. He elaborates how to improve a person's cognitive abilities and how employers should encourage workers to not take shortcuts for completing projects.

 

He claims that the best way to break away from the corporate race is to take a break from technology and social media and use some alone-time to rewind and introspect.

 

Newport enforces the beliefs of a non-technophile to deliver work that is productive and efficiently delivered.

 

 

 

 

In many successful organisations, great leaders are creating environments in which teams trust each other so deeply that they would put their lives on the line for each other. Yet other teams, no matter what incentives were offered, are doomed to infighting, fragmentation and failure. 

 

Why? Today's workplaces tend to be full of cynicism, paranoia and self-interest. But the best organisations foster trust and cooperation because their leaders build what Sinek calls a Circle of Safety. It separates the security inside the team from the challenges outside.

 

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