Five Must-Read Leadership Books

From some of the biggest authors to some you might have never heard of before, there is something for everyone on Ben Kinney’s recommended leadership book list.

Work Like You’re Showing Off

By Joe Calloway

Showing off might not be one of the things that Ben likes to do, although Bob does love showing off his shoe game! Showing off is a mindset, and here’s the key to this book: success is an inside job.

The Hard Thing About Hard Things

By Ben Horowitz

While many people talk about how great it is to start a business, very few are honest about how difficult it is to run one. A lifelong rap fanatic, (which is why Ben and Bob really enjoy this book) Horowitz amplifies business lessons with lyrics from his favorite songs, telling it straight about everything from firing friends to poaching competitors, cultivating and sustaining a CEO mentality, and knowing the right time to cash in.

The 5 Levels of Leadership

By John C. Maxwell

John Maxwell writes a book a year, and this one is the foundation of all of them when it comes to leadership. To become more than “the boss” people follow only because they are required to, you have to master the ability to invest in people and inspire them. To grow further in your role, you must achieve results and build a team that produces. You need to help people to develop their skills to become leaders in their own right. And if you have the skill and dedication, you can reach the pinnacle of leadership, where experience will allow you to extend your influence beyond your immediate reach and time for the benefit of others.

The Captain Class: A New Theory of Leadership

By Sam Walker

In The Captain Class, Sam Walker reveals his “seven traits of elite captains” that he observed while researching the top athletes, teams, and coaches in history for over a decade. Learn the common threads of leadership that allow teams to maintain sustained excellence, from extreme doggedness and a democratic communication style to strong convictions and ironclad emotional control.

Engaged Leadership

By Clint Swindall

Since an employee is engaged or disengaged based on the culture of the organization, leaders must build a culture to overcome employee disengagement. Check out this book written by Clint, who has already been a guest on the “Win Make Give” podcast.

Bonus Book- High Output Management

By Andrew S. Grove

Grove covers techniques for creating highly productive teams, demonstrating methods of motivation that lead to peak performance. Throughout, High Output Management is a practical handbook for navigating real-life business scenarios and a powerful management manifesto with the ability to revolutionize the way we work.

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