One of the things that separates good leaders from great leaders is their drive to constantly improve. The best leaders use every possible means of self-improvement at their disposal to better themselves/ However, there’s one tool that many tend to forget about—reading a good book. Which books should you add to your business bookshelf in 2018? The following three have been very well received in 2018.
When by Dan Pink
In this January release, Dan Pink does not discuss what it is that makes people successful in their jobs but rather when. He looks at the most productive time of day to do the toughest job. He explores the best time of year to begin a new project, and the best time in your life to switch careers.
Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin
Now, you may not be planning to lead your employees into a warzone any time soon, but this book is still very applicable to your role as a leader. The authors are former Navy SEALS who propose principles which ca be applied to any team. They discuss the best structure of a successful team and how to achieve success in the face of adversity. This book was a bestseller when first released in 2015 and an updated version was highly received in November 2017.
The Four Mindsets: How to Influence, Motivate, and Lead High Performance Teams—Anna-Lucia Mackay
In The Four Mindsets, Anna-Lucia Mackay discusses the four ways of thinking that have an enormous impact on the ability to lead high-performance teams: The Emotional Intelligence Mindset; The Connection Mindset; The Growth Mindset; and The Performance Mindset.
Throughout the book, Mackay emphasizes the importance of each mindset, how to achieve them, and how to use them to meet specific goals for a high-performance team, such as inspiring employees and gaining trust with the emotional intelligence mindset, or building team member confidence and personal growth with the growth mindset.
Whether you choose to read just one or all three of the above books, you will be a better leader because of it!