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7 must-read leadership books

What are you reading? It’s a key question all leaders should be asking each other. In fact, many of America’s most famous leaders spend up to 5 hours a week in deliberate reading. So, for #NationalBookLoversDay, Team CX has rounded up our 7 must-read leadership books.  

1. The 5 Second Rule by Mel Robbins

If you’re looking to become more confident, develop a powerful mindset, pursue your dreams and conquer anxiety as a leader, this book is for you. The 5-second rule is a simple concept, and it’s drastically changed many of Team CX’s lives. It’s empowering, and it pushes us beyond our limits. It eliminates the fear factor inside of us all while retraining our brains to be the bold, joyful people we were created to be. 

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2. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

This classic leadership book was published in 1936, and it’s still relevant today. Learn how to make the right impression and build lasting relationships. Tips and tricks to getting others to like you may seem like a no brainer, but you will be surprised by some of the small things that you can do to make a lasting impact.  

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 3. Start Where You Are by Chris Gardner

Not satisfied in your current position? Check out “Start Where You Are“, an actionable book that equips you grow into where you want to be as a leader. Gardner provides simple life lessons to tap into the infinite resources we already have on hand to move in the only direction in life —forward! You learn how to overcome the bumpy roads and find your freedom in life. 

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 4. The Leader’s Voice by Boyd Clarke and Ron Crossland

Leading isn’t just about speaking. It’s about telling a story. In this book, you learn to communicate in a powerful and persuasive way. Great for facilitation, it helps you personalize your point to help others unlock those wonderful “a-ha!” moments.  

 

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5. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

A compelling case for diverse leadership, Susan Cain’s book argues that America has undervalued introverts and the power they bring to organizations. If organizations awake to the power of introverted leaders and employees, they will foster even greater innovation and be exposed to less risk. Additionally, Cain discusses how teams can best brainstorm and collaborate and why open office plans aren’t such a great idea. 

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 6. 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Dr. Stephen Covey 

Another leadership classic, this book has shifted the lives of millions since its debut in 1989. Discover how to maximize effectiveness in your daily life and attain goals that you set. Plus, learn why values matter and how shifting your paradigm can change your life.  

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 7. Permission to Screw Up by Kristen Hadeed

Millennial Kristen Hadeed chronicles her entrepreneurship journey launching Student Maid, a business in Florida. With refreshing authenticity, Kristen reveals her start-up struggles and successes, and encourages all leaders to give themselves permission to be human, especially in front of their employees.  


Did we miss one one of your favorite leadership books? Let us know in the comments below!  

By | 2018-08-14T15:38:47+00:00 August 9th, 2018|Team CX|0 Comments

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