This morning a good friend of mine asked me to recommend “one or two books on leadership.” I gladly obliged and decided to make a blog post out of it in case anybody else in the Marriage Startup community is looking for leadership resources.
There are numerous books on leadership and a lot of them are surprisingly great. This list is by no means comprehensive nor is it what I’d consider “the best” books on leadership. Rather, this collection is for people who are in leadership positions but new to the subject as a study.
These books will expand your thinking on what leadership is and introduce you to “leadership vocabulary” that will help you look for more resources. They will also provide a structure for leadership thinking that you can put into practice right away to help you make great decision (especially book 4 in this list).
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- Wooden on Leadership: How to Create a Winning Organization by John Wooden – This is the mandatory “sports expert turned leadership guru” book on the list but don’t let that fool you. John Wooden is a genius and this book is a combo of his best thinking on leadership packaged together. If you are a sports fan, start with this one. If you aren’t a sports fan, get it anyway, its very much worth your time.
- Developing the Leader Within You by John C. Maxwell – This is the book I started with (along with the 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership). I love that it is based on scripture and framed from a “servant based” perspective. That really connected with me and still inspires me to this day.
- The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Stephen R. Covey – This is considered one of the definitive books on leadership even though it’s essentially a self-help book on changing yourself. One of the things I’ve learned the hard way about leadership is that it requires me to make significant changes and this book is a solid starting point on how one can do that.
- The Five Most Important Questions You Will Ever Ask About Your Organization by Peter Drucker – Drucker is the granddaddy of modern management and leadership. He coined the term “knowledge worker” in 1959. 1959! To say he was ahead of his time is an understatement and his work has endured for decades. He is my favorite business author but he takes some getting used to mostly because his best writing is at least 20 years old. This book provides a great framework for evaluating oneself and an organization and is a good introduction to Drucker’s writing as whole.
- Bonus: Managing Oneself essay by Peter Drucker, free from the Harvard Business Review – Not “exciting” but super powerful. I’ve read it many, many times and learn something new each time.
Do you have a favorite book or resource on leadership? Please let us know!