Improve Your Leadership Skills with These 4 Must-Read Books
Few people are born leaders in every aspect. Where someone is a natural at motivation, they may not be skilled at holding others accountable, for instance, or staying organized.
Thankfully, the psychology of leadership has been heavily researched and written about. Leadership skills can often be improved through study and practice, and even the best leaders still have room to learn!
The following books on leadership can help you make the most of your leadership potential, while also giving you some insight into the psychology of leadership.
Yes, this is an actual military guide penned in the 5th century B.C. The supposed author was a military strategist and philosopher who was so successful that he became a figure in Chinese legend. The reason behind the guide’s popularity is simple. It addresses a skill that a majority of leaders don’t naturally possess, and cannot otherwise develop until it’s needed – the ability to react effectively in a moment of crisis.
As innovative as The Art of War is classic, George’s advice centers on finding the blueprint for your leadership style in your own personal history. Based on the advice of 125 successful executives, the plan George details begins with the core values developed during your younger years. In focusing on your own history, your own beliefs and tapping into your natural strengths, he encourages leaders to approach problem solving in ways they can consistently stand behind.
Daniel Pink’s books often bring fresh thinking to stale topics, and his take on leadership in general is no different. Instead of looking at motivation as a consequence of employees fearing their bosses or working toward rewards, he offers concrete methods based in psychology for encouraging staff to value their own hard work. He also shows how traditional management techniques often rob your workforce of this pride, and provides the psychological research that explains why his techniques work.
Questions of Character: Illuminating the Heart of Leadership Through Literature by Joseph L. Badaracco Jr.
For those weary of reading anecdotes where business owner A did B and wound up with result C, look to Joseph L. Badaracco Jr. for a unique twist on leadership behaviors. Each of the chapters covers an ideal skill that leaders possess and then demonstrates this skill through the actions of well-known fictional literary characters. Proving you can find motivation in the strangest places, the success of this quirky business guide encourages you to think outside the box for effective solutions.