5 Leadership books to Help You Plan a Successful Career

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Are you looking for leadership books to enhance your current skillset? Perhaps, you have plans to sharpen your career skills to be more in tune with the demands of your career or job. Let’s take a look at 5 leadership books that help.

To become a successful leader, taking ownership is very important. The prolific writer and professional speaker, John C. Maxwell, affirms that leadership is not about titles, positions or flowcharts. It is about one life influencing another.

Leadership isn’t only for people in top managerial positions or titled scenarios. It is important you stand prepared and lead from any corner you find yourself as stated by Warren Buffet. “The best investment you can make is an investment in yourself. The more you learn, the more you’ll earn;” earning not just in finances but in the recording of victories as a result of your leadership skills. Enhance and strengthen your leadership skills with these leadership books.

1. Smarter Faster Better by Charles Duhiggleadership-books-Smarter Faster Better by Charles Duhigg

At its core, this book reveals that “leadership is learned. …t’s the product of effort.” The concept is built around motivation and goal-setting. It focuses on decision-making to help you accomplish much more.

2. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelholeadership-books-he Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

In the lessons from the tale of Santiago, the author, Paulo Coelho talks about a shepherd boy who teaches you what happens when you pursue your dreams. According to Paulo, everything comes together to help us attain our goal hence “When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better, too”.

3. Failing Forward by John Maxwellleadership-books-Failing Forward by John Maxwell

In 15 steps, John Maxwell takes you on a journey that helps you learn how to become the kind of achiever you’ve always wished to become. The book explains that when achievers fail, they see it as a momentary event, not a lifelong epidemic.

4. The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Coveyleadership-books-The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey

This timeless masterpiece was originally published in 1988. The book reveals Dr. Covey’s approach to being effective in attaining goals by aligning oneself and very importantly, starting with the end in mind.

5. Sprint by Jake Knapp, John Zeratsky and Braden Kowitzleadership-books- Sprint by Jake Knapp, John Zeratsky and Braden Kowitz

Sprint is a book authored by 3 Google Ventures partners. It explains how leaders can solve problems and test new ideas in 5 days. The genius of this book is the step-by-step breakdown of this process. At whatever level you find yourself, this book answers a lot of your leadership questions.

Samod Biobaku
A Nigeria-based writer and blogger who has written and edited for top brands including The SUN, Punch, Newswatch, Pulse.ng, Bigsam Media, Nigerian Bulletin, Swish Interativ, Hello Nigeria, National LIFE, iCampus, Jobberman and Cheki.


  1. Thanks for these books. I’ll look for them asap. I really appreciate this. Please, don’t forget to send more great books like these. Thanks once again.

  2. These books are awesome! exceptionally brilliant! I have to go over them all again. thank you for bringing this back to me. Please can you recommend five books about strategy & startups?

    • Hi Ola, did a few research and came up with these:
      1. Olivia Fox Cabane and Judah Pollack -The Net and the Butterfly: The Art and Practice of Breakthrough Thinking 2. Heidi K. Gardner
      Smart Collaboration: How Professionals and Their Firms Succeed by Breaking Down Silos. 3. Dan Lyons – Disrupted 4. Grant Cardone – Be Obsessed Or Be Average 5. Ari Meisel and Nick Sonnenberg by Idea to Execution.
      I hope you find these helpful, best regards.

    • Hi Ola. Please do you mind lending if you have the physical copies of the books? Or better still providing a link the books can be gotten from?

      Thank you.

  3. Many thanks Prince! I actually found your write up encouraging as I am designing an improved carrier plan to be matched with action. I av not done this before but I am starting it this year. I will get the books this week and read them and will need a mentor.

    • Hello Kene,
      Presently reading Content Inc by Joe Pulizzi and I would recommend it. I have read great reviews on Gary Vaynerchuk’s Crushing It!, The Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandino, Top of Mind: Use Content to Unleash Your Influence and Engage Those Who Matter to You by John Hall and Future Marketing by Jon Wuebben.
      Best regards

  4. Hi, Mr. Will
    Am a good advocate and lover of books but, the painful thing here that I have seen is accessibility of these books: ranging from the cost to the directory where one can get them.
    Nice piece you got here
    Triple thanks for these great exposure!

    • Hello Collins,
      Any good bookshop should stock or you can make demands, another place you can check is online. I have learnt to randomly check on bookshops and display for sales. Found out you can stumble on timeless pieces out there.
      All the best regards, thanks.

  5. Excellent! Have stated reading the 7 habits of Highly effective People before I saw this post. Am gone read them all.

  6. Great books to behold, I must surely get them.,thanks a bunch..Please can u recommend any book on Network marketing? Looking forward to your response soon,thanks.

    • Hello Tolulope,
      You can check out Guerrilla Multilevel Marketing: 100 Free And Low-Cost Ways To Get More Network Marketing Leads – Jay Levinson and most books by Robert Kiyosaki and Peter Drucker. Thanks

  7. Failing forward by Maxwell, wonderful book. Read it and it gave me a positive perspective of failure. Hitting by bookstores to get the rest, thanks a lot.

  8. Thanks for your write up. Mr Akuma. I have read 2 of your recommended texts before now and I am going to get the other 3. I appreciate your recommendations.

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