This year I’ve read over 30 books on leadership, business, and personal growth, and the most important lesson that I’ve been reminded of is that you can’t learn from a book you don’t read.
Out of the books I read last year, which range from the topic of investing in the stock market to interpreting body language, there were a few that stood out above the rest. Here are seven books which changed the way I think about leadership, business, and being a human.
The books I most recently finished are listed first.
This is a must-read for anyone that enjoys challenging the status quo, and especially for anyone in any leadership capacity. Mark Cuban endorses this book, and once you read it you’ll realize why.
Written by the Founders of the revolutionary tech company 37Signals (now Basecamp), this book holds weight because it comes from a position of experience.
While I don’t agree with every idea that surfaces, there’s much to be learned here. If you’re looking for something that will stretch the way you think about business, you’ve found it.
2. Launch Your Dream: A 30-day Plan For Turning Your Passion Into Your Profession
Dale Partridge has mastered the art of building successful businesses. He’s started a rock-climbing gym, a branding agency, a conference company, an online clothing company, a tech company, a business coaching website, and a new nonprofit called Unlearn Church.
Of the business plans I’ve drafted for a coaching corporation I’m making public this summer, many of the pre-launch ideas were taken from this.
It taught me more about launching start-ups than any other book I’ve read. Dale is hands-down one of my top 5 favorite authors.
3. Discipline Equals Freedom: Field Manual
A former Navy SEAL commander, Jocko Willink is a battle-hardened warrior who has a lot to contribute to the area of leadership and business.
His language is easy to understand, straight to the point, and powerful. One of its strengths is that it’s applicable to any area of life.
Jocko’s tough advice gets you into the mindset of a SEAL, and will help you discover the drive you need to succeed in your chosen profession.
4. High Performance Habits: How Extraordinary People Became That Way
Which habits can help you achieve long-term success and vibrant well-being no matter your age, career, strengths, or personality?
Brendon Burchard answers that question, and will teach you to seek clarity, generate energy, raise necessity, increase productivity, develop influence, and demonstrate courage.
The ideas in this book are powerful, inspirational, and applicable.
5. Lincoln On Leadership: Executive Strategies For Tough Times
Anything that has to do with Abraham Lincoln is guaranteed to catch my attention. This is no exception.
Donald T. Phillips beautifully compiles the valuable leadership lessons that Lincoln exemplified during his short lifetime.
This book proves that, over 150 years later, Lincoln is still a source of wisdom and inspiration to millions of people around the world.
After I sat this book down, I’d not only had gained more insight into the private battles of Lincoln’s life, but do’s and don’ts about the way leaders handle conflict.
6. Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t
The main concept of Simon Sinek’s book is based on what a Marine Corps general told him: “Officers eat last.”
In the early hunter-gatherer society, it was all about finding food, shelter, a mate, and safety. Especially safety. We thrive when we feel safe in our group, our circle.
In the modern business world, however, this doesn’t always work. We want our leader to let us into his/her circle of safety. This book will inspire, motivate, and humble you so that you can be a servant leader.
8. Be All You Can Be: A Challenge To Stretch Your God-Given Potential
John Maxwell is a favorite of mine, and he always manages to offer new content despite the dozens of books he puts out.
He’s one of the greatest leaders of the century, and it’s no wonder his books have sold millions.
This book is a step-by-step guide to living a life of purpose, and John provides himself as your personal mentor along the journey.
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I hope you will consider reading some of these books in 2018. This year I plan to read at least 50 books, which I’ll share with you periodically. If you want to receive updates on new articles or if you’re interested in signing up for my coaching class this summer to help you expand your business, register below.