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.

Spiritual Leadership Books

Spiritual Leadership Books

Starting with the Dalai Lama, the Watkins Spiritual 100 list is a whos who of spiritual leadership today. WhyToRead has been reviewing a top book by each leader. This list, 3rd in our series, starts with Number 15 – Arianna Huffington; best known for Huffington Post.

Read these spiritual leadership books by a leader who has made a unique and spiritual contribution to our world. Celebrate the positive and give yourself a lift. We guarantee you will feel uplifted and positive after reading these. And as always reading widely, including other faiths is a key benefit of reading.

15. Thrive – Arianna Huffington

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A memoir from one of the most influential women in the world, Thrive is an inspiring and insightful book to read, especially for the modern women trying to strike a work-life balance. Huffington speaks candidly about her own challenges in managing a successful career and family demands. More than just a personal account of her success, she also addresses important issues, such as how business culture should change to promote greater women’s contribution to the economy.  You may question her inclusion in a Spiritual Leadership list; but you will not question her honest and moving message.

16. Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear – Elizabeth Gilbert

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If you have always felt that yearn within of wanting to live a fulfilling creative life, Big Magic is a must read. For those who enjoyed Gilbert’s bestseller, Eat, Love, Pray, this book is can be considered its self-help version cousin. The main takeaway from Big Magic is that whatever no matter how old you are and whatever the circumstances are, it is never too late to cast aside self-doubts and create the life you’ve always wanted. (And we just love the cover on this book).

17. Be Here Now – Ram Dass

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Dass, a recognized spiritual leader, encourages the reader to question themselves and rethink the important issues in life, such as family, lifestyle and adversities. This book has been described as life changing for some and overly simplistic by others. Regardless of whichever opinion spectrum you may fall on, there is benefit to be occasionally reminded about the importance of self-awareness.

18. The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari: A Fable about Fulfilling Your Dreams and Reaching Your Destiny – Robin Sharma

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Rarely is there a self-help book so engaging and enlightening as Sharma’s discipline and character development guide. Rather than the run-of-the-mill concept of telling readers what to do to better themselves, this book is contracted in a fable format. It follows the story of a high-profile lawyer who had it all, but gave everything up in search of spiritual growth. This an interesting guide to self-growth with a powerful message that may end up changing your perception of life.

19. Celebrating Silence – Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

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Whatever challenges you may be facing in life, it always helps to take a look at things from the spiritual angle. As Celebrating Silence shows will prove, there are profound and simple meanings to life’s ups and downs that we face each day. If only we can take a moment to understand what we are going through, we may get a clearer direction to go forward.  Spiritual Leadership comes in all types, with Sri Sri an unusual and outspoken person.

20. A History of God: The 4,000-Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity and Islam – Karen Armstrong

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As the title suggests, Armstrong’s book is a comprehensive historical view of the three major monotheistic faiths. The book shows that the idea of God is indeed an evolving one – something which may not sit well with fundamentalists. Eye-opening and thought provoking, Armstrong’s book has to be approach with an open mind as it may challenge some of our deep-seated ideas about the three faiths.  Spiritual Leadership comes in all types, and Armstrong is a provocative, and original thinker on the role of religion in the modern world.  She believes we should help make religion a force for harmony.

Read Spiritual Leaders 1-7 and 8-14 too.

Leadership: 6 Essential Books On Leadership

Leadership: 6 Essential Books On Leadership

What Is Leadership?

Being a leader and the skills you need to lead effectively has been important for as long as humans have worked in groups to achieve a goal. The characteristics of effective leadership forms the basis of most business books. Having a strategy to run a successful business is intertwined with leadership skills, not just to lead a team but to manage and lead yourself in a successful direction.

There are many theories on the best leadership methods. Some leaders made people to do terrible things, and other leaders have left a tremendous positive legacy behind them. As we move forward and evolve, leadership has never been more important.

Do we need more leaders, or do we need to empower everyone to become their own leader?

6 Essential Books On Leadership

1. The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership: Follow Them and People Will Follow You – John C. Maxwell

What Is Leadership?

John Maxwell breaks down leadership strategy into 21 laws. With each Law, he describes the theory behind the law. For example, with the Law of Sacrifice, he explains that a leader must be willing to sacrifice in order to achieve. He expounds upon his point by explaining that a leader gives up more rights – in exchange for more responsibilities – the higher the leader rises.

2. Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us – Seth Godin

What Is Leadership?

This isn’t a book that teaches you how to lead. Instead, Tribes is meant to inspire people to lead rather than teach them to lead.

3. Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us –  Daniel H. Pink

What Is Leadership?

The ability to motivate others is central to leadership. By studying how people are truly motivated, Daniel Pink explains what drives people to do what they do.

4. Leadership and Self-Deception: Getting out of the Box – Arbinger Institute

What Is Leadership?

One of the most damaging habits which inhibits success is self deception. This book explains that to be a good leader, you have to allow yourself to question your beliefs and allow new attitudes and knowledge to influence you.

5. Who Moved My Cheese?: An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life – Spencer Johnson

What Is Leadership?

People usually turn to a leader in times of change and confusion. This book is about dealing with change and being able to move ahead with passion instead of anxiety.

6. Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead Hardcover – Brene Brown

What Is Leadership?

Brene Brown writes, “Vulnerability is the the core, the heart, the center of meaningful human experiences.”

She argues that you have to be willing to fail to be able to lead. By making yourself vulnerable, you open yourself up to being hurt, something which most people try to avoid, but Brene argues that we should be doing the opposite. Without vulnerability, there can be no love, there can be no achievement, there can be no greatness.