5 Leadership books to Help You Plan a Successful Career

leadership booksAre 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.

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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.

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  1. Ifeanyi
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    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. Ola
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    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?

    • Princewill Akuma
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      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.

  3. Cornelius
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    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.

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