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Need guidance? Motivation? These leadership books should be on your bookcase!

More than ever, top-class leadership skills are required in business. It’s not enough to be a solid, stable manager; in a tough economic climate and amid many fast moving changes to business models and new technologies, the managers of the future need to have the skills to carve out new directions and inspire workforces to move with the times if you are to stay ahead of the competition.

Developing your leadership skills is a continuous, never-ending process and one of the best ways to learn is by reading. Many books have been produced on leadership, often written by true leaders and pioneers. Learn from the best, take what you need and model yourself on their best traits and you’ll become a true leader of the future.

We look at five top books that should be on your reading list, whether you’re a natural born leader who wants some extra inspiration, or a manager who would like to really develop your leadership skills.

Top five books to improve and develop your skills in leadership

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: Leadership Fable by Patrick Lencioni

Written as one easy-to-read business fable, this book actually covers a number of essential leadership traits and concepts. Lencioni focuses on teamwork as the key factor in leadership, suggesting that a foundation of trust can form the basis of an effective team. A trustworthy leader will build teams that have productive conflict, commitment to goals and transparent accountability, all of which leads to results.

Primal Leadership: Realizing the Power of Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goldman, Richard Boyatzis and Annie McKee

This book is a fantastic primer on how psychology affects emotional intelligence and how an understanding of that can be harnessed by effective leaders. The authors do a great job of proving that the old business style of keeping emotion out of the workplace is disastrous for business in the modern world, and that four key domains – self-awareness, self-management, social awareness and relationship management – are crucial leadership skills for developing the right team.

Smarter Faster Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life by Charles Duhigg

Using cutting-edge learning in the field of productivity and the neuroscience of learning, Duhigg outlines how to become more effective at work. Unlike other books on productivity, this one gets away from the endless to-do lists and planning and instead focuses on making the right choices to become more productive and less busy.

Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl

While not directly related to leadership development, Frankl’s book is essential for understanding what motivates people. Using his experiences in Auschwitz, Frankl studies man’s need for purpose and how attitude and mindset are key factors in determining how we overcome the hardest, most difficult situations.

Conversational Intelligence: How Great Leaders Build Trust and Get Extraordinary Results by Judith Glaser

Glaser puts forth the common theory that trust if the basis of all meaningful work relationships, but she digs deeper than others, outlining why trust is so crucial to becoming a great leader. Focusing on conversation, she explains how you can learn new rituals of conversation that prepare the brain for trust, partnership and mutual benefit. This involves listening and communicating as essential precursors for persuasion and instigating organisational change.

Antique Style Bookcases are perfect for storing the wisdom of the ages

Our beautiful Antique Style Bookcases are ideal for storing your leadership reading material. Finished in a beautiful antique pine and with a traditional open design, they have top cornicing details and height adjustable shelves, meaning you can store all your leadership books in style.

Antique Style Bookcases are delivered flat-packed for easy assembly and come with a 1-year manufacturer’s guarantee – and they are part of a range of antique style furniture if you’re looking to upgrade your whole office. View the bookcases here and talk to our sales team if you’d like some advice on choosing the perfect furniture.

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Last Modified / Updated on: May 21, 2018 at 10:44 am

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