Sometimes taking on another person’s perspective and experiences are necessary to expand our mind. The greatest leaders not only surround themselves with noble men for this reason but also read to capture their reactions in difficult situations. After discussing this topic with a few successful veterans in business, we have composed a list of their favorite books that helped them grow as leaders.
Books to Build your Leadership Skills
Sir Ernest Shackleton has been called “the greatest leader that ever came on God’s earth, bar none” for saving the lives of the twenty-seven men stranded with him in the Antarctic for almost two years. The diaries of the men in his crew and Shackleton’s own writing demonstrate his leadership style. The book transfers his leadership style to today’s business world. This book can help leaders of today follow Shackleton’s noteworthy example.
2. “Reach for the Sky” by Paul Brickhill
The true story of WWII fighter pilot Douglas Bader, who lost both legs in an airplane crash and was consequently dismissed from the Air Force. A riveting story of overcoming adversity, Bader’s drive brought him back into the cockpit, credited with 22 aerial victories, and became a Royal Air Force flying Ace.
3. “How to Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie
A staple for books on leadership, Dale Carnegie’s algorithm for interacting with people, those both likable and not, has captured thousands of readers for decades. Using anecdotes and historical facts of the lives of America’s greatest and weakest leaders, he deduces the most important traits for finding success.
4. “Undaunted Courage” by Stephen Ambrose
Considered as enjoyable as a suspense novel, this story of Lewis and Clark’s expedition conveys the depths of courage of America’s great explorers. From managing the politics they encountered to their handlings of drama and tragedy, this compelling story motivates its readers to delve into the unknown, embody courage in action, and take to unprecedented places.
5. “Power of Positive Leadership” by Jon Gordon
A book that transforms our thoughts on positivity, Jon Gordon compels his readers with stories from world leaders in business, national champions, successful organizations, and schools. Through these interactions, Gordon teaches his readers how to take on the role of positive leadership in order to change lives.