Leadership Books for 2017

Leadership Books for 2017

What Leadership Books are you expecting Santa to bring you this year?  What leadership skills would you like to nurture in 2017.  As the count down continues to not only Christmas, but the end of the year our thoughts turn to 2017.

Readers are leaders. Its an old saying but true. Reading books allows us to learn from others experiences, good and not-so-good.  We can fast track our skills by reading.  Fast track your leadership skills with these leadership books for 2017.

1. Emotional Agility: Get Unstuck, Embrace Change, and Thrive in Work and Life – Susan David

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Life is full of unexpected situations, turns and events that sometime make us feel uncomfortable. Most of us struggle to deal with them and some will even do their best to try and avoid them. But to become a fulfilled person, you need all those challenges and a way to conquer them with success.

Susan David, a rewound psychologist with years of researching the field of behavioral science, proposes a new way to approach your leadership development: emotional agility. This new method will teach you to know and accept yourself, thus learning how to act in unexpected situations and how to deal with everyday stress. An excellent addition to your leadership books.

2. How to Live a Good Life: Soulful Stories, Surprising Science, and Practical Wisdom – Jonathan Fields

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How to Live a Good Life by Jonathan Fields is not a classical self-improvement book. Practical and well based with a touch of science, it starts from the idea that you might wander aimlessly through life. And sometimes running on autopilot doesn’t let you enjoy the experiences in your life.

For you to take over your path and destiny, Jonathan Fiends proposes a 30 Bucket System. You have to fill all your buckets throughout a 30 day session and while doing this you will discover the joys of life. He approaches a holistic self – improvement with spiritual, inspirational and also practical advice on how to reclaim your life.

3. Born For This: How to Find the Work You Were Meant to Do – Chris Guillebeau

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Even if you have a well-paid job that comes with benefits and status you might feel unhappy doing it. That happens when you don’t do something you love, that you were made to do. But sometimes it looks that there is no alternative for the chore that is your job now.

Born For This teaches you how to transform your actual job into what you dream of, how to find the ideal work place and also how to take calculated risks career wise. Chris Guillebeau proposes a set of exercises and scenarios for you to figure out what you were meant to have as a job. Also, the inspirational stories will give you perspective of what to do when you feel stuck in an unhappy work environment. Inc.com says 2016’s Best Book for Entrepreneurs

4. First Impressions: What You Don’t Know About How Others See You – Ann Demarais & Valerie White

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First impressions matter say two PhD holders. But we knew that – especially for aspiring leaders. We live in the era of speed and you might not be given a chance to prove yourself a second time. This is why you always need to make good impression, not only at job interviews but also in day to day life.

Ann Demarais and Valerie White break down the first impression in seven fundamentals for you get a better idea how to perfect the first image that others see in you. First Impressions will help you develop fully your personal charm and avoid poor first impressions while giving you the opportunity to know yourself better and improve your brand.

5. Between Breaths: A Memoir of Panic and Addiction – Elizabeth Vargas

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This is perhaps an unusual choice for this list of leadership books. Elizabeth Vargas writes a powerful and brave memoir about her struggles with anxiety that begun at 6 years old, without finding a way out and how she turned to alcohol for a little pick me up. She talks about the shame of being an alcoholic and the guilt of never finding the right path in her life.

Between Breaths is an inspiring memoir for all people who struggle from anxiety or turn to alcohol or drugs for a momentary escape from the harsh reality. This book is also about getting to terms with not finding the magic “balance” everyone talks about, and just surviving. Leadership can bring enormous pressures, skills in this book may help you deal with your own challenges, or simply help you to help someone working for you.

Next we bring you a list of relaxing (or not so relaxing) of Christmas related mysteries to enjoy.

Entrepreneurship | 8 Essential Books Every Entrepreneur Must Read

Entrepreneurship | 8 Essential Books Every Entrepreneur Must Read

These are the top books for entrepreneurs, and an updated version of previously recommended entrepreneurship books from WhytoRead.com.

Whether you’re an established or new entrepreneur, these books will give you the tools and the mentor ship to begin, as well as the drive and motivation to take you to the next level. Entrepreneurship is not easy but these books will help you on your journey, as well as teaching you life changing skills will not only make you a successful in business, but in your life as a whole.

Entrepreneurship | 8 Essential Books Every Entrepreneur Must Read

1. Positioning: The Battle for Your Mind – Al Ries, Jack Trout

entrepreneurship books for entrepreneursPositioning is a concept that has been coined by Ries and Trout in the late 1970s. Today, Positioning has become one of the most commonly used marketing terms.
Like all other books by Trout and Ries, Positioning is straight-forward, common-sensical and easy to read. The book is full of real market example of positioning attempts that succeeded and failed.

2. Insanely Simple: The Obsession That Drives Apple’s Success – Ken Segall

entrepreneurship books for entrepreneursInsanely Simple keeps you involved till the very end. It is not just a book about an idea gone successful but a tale full of emotions and drama. With a bit of wit in his tone, Segall has beautifully described the journey of success in the easiest of ways which can be understood by a layman. As described by the author, Jobs not only got what he wanted by establishing his own standards but he invented a model of simplicity inside the organization. He made these simple values the ultimate culture of the organization.

3. Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future – Peter Thiel

entrepreneurship books for entrepreneursZero to One is a refreshing intellectual deep dive into the motives behind entrepreneurship.
It’s full of unique, practical insights, and discusses success in terms of human nature and culture. Along with business strategy, Thiel outlines how successful innovation shapes society and shares an intriguing vision.

4. Crossing the Chasm, 3rd Edition: Marketing and Selling Disruptive Products to Mainstream Customers – Geoffrey A. Moore

entrepreneurship books for entrepreneursThis book was required reading for emerging technology companies in the early 1990’s. Amazing the relevance of Moore”s more than 20 years on. Refreshed examples provide helpful context to put the principles to work today and frame actionable insight.

5. The Art of the Start 2.0: The Time-Tested, Battle-Hardened Guide for Anyone Starting AnythingGuy Kawasaki

entrepreneurship books for entrepreneursNot only it is very comprehensive in telling you what is required to do a start up in terms of legals, marketing, funding, partnering, how to set up a vision, etc, etc. Everything in this book is from experience. You get to learn from a guy who has been in every position, from the employee perspective to the person in the garage trying to start a company. Then on how you do the marketing for your product and demo it to a potential investor. You get insight from end to end. More than that, there are also a lot of useful references.

6. Work the System: The Simple Mechanics of Making More and Working Less – Sam Carpenter

entrepreneurship books for entrepreneursSam Carpenter has brought all the main principles that will lead to success in your work and life together in one book. Some books will change your mind but this book will change your life if you apply what it teaches.

7. The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich – Timothy Ferriss

entrepreneurship books for entrepreneurs(As featured in 5 Books That Will Help You Start a Business and Replace Your Day Job)

A very well-known book for budding entrepreneurs, The 4-Hour Workweek is an absolute must read if you want to learn how to have “full time” pay on a part time schedule. It has so many potential uses. The author used it to travel the world and streamline his businesses to require as little hands-on time as possible.

8. Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story – Arnold Schwarzenegger

entrepreneurship books for entrepreneursTotal Recall by Arnold Schwarzenegger is a great source of inspiration. How an Austrian farmboy managed to get from nothing to becoming a millionaire before aged 30 (and before his movies, and bodybuilding didn’t pay much either). His a true success story and a great entrepreneur.

Entrepreneurship: 10 Books Every Budding Entrepreneur Must Read

Entrepreneurship: 10 Books Every Budding Entrepreneur Must Read

If you dream of a life where you’re in control of your time and your life, entrepreneurship is a great way to achieve that. Building your own business, being in control of your life and investing in your future with every investment you make into your business is a great way to live. Being an entrepreneur is an incredibly difficult way to live, but like anything, if you enjoy it, it won’t seen as difficult as working for someone else’s future while sacrificing your own dreams and goals.

The entrepreneur books on this list are the best resources for anyone who wants to build a future where they are in control, and a future where they’re willing to put in the hard work to build the life that they want, not the life they are expected to have.

Entrepreneurship: 10 Books Every Budding Entrepreneur Must Read

Entrepreneurship #1. How to Win Friends and Influence People – Dale Carnegie

Entrepreneurship BooksThe book primarily deals with how to build good relationships between people, how to sell t0 people without selling to them, and how to get people to do what you would like them to do. The primary focus of this book is not necessarily business, but it would facilitate any business person to increase their performance.


Entrepreneurship #2. The 4-Hour Workweek – Tim Ferriss

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This highly acclaimed book is less about starting a business than it is about not getting trapped inside of it.


Entrepreneurship #3. The Lean Startup – Eric Ries

Entrepreneurship BooksMost startups fail. But many of those failures can be prevented.  The Lean Startup is a new approach being adopted across the globe, changing the way companies are built and new products are launched. The Lean Startup is filled with good information, but also interesting stories that back up the author’s beliefs.


Entrepreneurship #4. The Art of the Start – Guy Kawasaki

Entrepreneurship BooksThe Art of the Start is a quick read, and gives a no-nonsense set of recommendations for how and why to start a company.


Entrepreneurship #5. The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur – Mike Michalowicz

Entrepreneurship BooksThis entrepreneurship book is incredibly applicable to any small business. It’s very motivating and is very easy to read. The author does a great job of hammering out details that you can implement quickly. Business books are often too full of “strategies” and not enough practical advice on how to actually do things. This book breaks that down.


Entrepreneurship #6. The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It – Michael Gerber

Entrepreneurship BooksThis is one of the few books you must read if you want to go into business. It’s called The E-Myth because it addresses the entrepreneurial myth. The book starts off by telling you what a business is not. Having done so, the book goes on to tell you what a successful business is all about.


Entrepreneurship #7. Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking – Malcolm Gladwell

Entrepreneurship BooksBlink is a book about how we think without thinking, about choices that seem to be made in an instant-in the blink of an eye that actually aren’t as simple as they seem. Blink reveals that great decision makers aren’t those who process the most information or spend the most time deliberating, but those who have perfected the art of “thin-slicing” the very few factors that matter from an overwhelming number of variables.


Entrepreneurship #8. Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap… and Others Don’t – Jim Collins

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The author of this book studied the qualities that could turn a good company into a great company, and his book has become a manual in how to run a business in the right way. Even if you’re running a one person operation, there’s a lot you can learn from Jim Collin’s research and advice.


Entrepreneurship #9. Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die – Chip and Dan Heath

Entrepreneurship BooksHow do you make an idea unforgettable? By becoming a storyteller with a creative narrative. The authors highlight six principles (simplicity, unexpectedness, concreteness, credibility, emotions and stories) that will help you to create an idea with staying power, or to revolutionize your current idea into something unforgettable. This book is full of examples and quick lessons from teachers, scientists and more.  Made to Stick is still one of the most popular and widely recommended business and marketing books, four years after its original release.


Entrepreneurship #10. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, by Stephen R. Covey In The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Stephen R Covey

As the title of the book implies, Covey describes the seven habits of highly effective people and techniques for adopting the seven habits. Covey makes clear that an individual must make a paradigm shift before incorporating these habits into his/her own personal life.