5 Leadership books to read in 2020
Many people want to be leaders in their particular field of expertise. Some have a natural talent to lead, others not so much. Not to worry though, there is an abundance of information out there for you to read and learn from. I have below five leadership books that you should consider reading in 2020.
Friend of a Friend...: Understanding the Hidden Networks That Can Transform Your Life and Your Career
Being able to form new relationships is a vital step in leadership. Building a bond with not only your team, but other colleagues around you can help you excel in your career. Here David Burkus takes a new approach to leadership and networking. Taking a step back and looking at what's around you, realising that you have colleagues that are there to help you. David goes into detail on how you can take advantage of the connections you already have and how having bonds rather than relationships can help you achieve the perfect team.
In this book, Kevin Kruse goes into detail about how leaders should often push boundaries and break the rules. Kevin Kruse has discovered that the leadership practices that work are the opposite of what is commonly taught and implemented. Here Kevin gives you real-world case studies and intensive research that by taking the opposite approach will lead to better results. By breaking down what you should do as a leader to be faster, and makes it easier for you to succeed by encouraging you to play your favourites, stay out of meetings, and, of course, close your open doors.
If you're just starting in leadership or want to brush up on your knowledge, this is the perfect book for you. John Maxwell has over 30 years of leadership experience and goes into detail around his 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership. In this book, John has combined insights on leadership achievements and blunders with observations from the worlds of business, politics, sports, religion, and military conflict.
It's important to know and understand how people work. What drives them? What pushes them to do more? In this book, Daniel H. Pink explains, the key to performance and satisfaction in today’s world is the human need to direct our own lives, to discover and learn. He states that people are driven by three things, autonomy, mastery, and purpose. If you can provide them with those things you will have a very productive team.
In this book, Gallup interviewed more than 80,000 managers and documented their findings. Most were in leadership situations. Others were front-line supervisors. Some worked in Fortune 500 companies; others were the key players in small start-ups. Whatever the case, this is perfect for managers at any level, the book outlines significant performance and career lessons and how to apply them to your situation.
At the end of the day, leadership can be taught and learned. You can leverage the skills in these books above to your advantage to push your career to the next stage. The information you can take from these books will have you standing tall full of confidence.