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Awesome Leadership Development Books That You Should Have On Your Shelf

Awesome Leadership Development Books That You Should Have On Your Shelf


Good businesses recognise the need for strong leaders within their organisation.  But leadership skills aren’t necessarily something that is inherent inside all managers; they have to be learned, built upon and adapted to fit in with new ways of leading, thinking and managing.  Read on to discover some of the top books that anybody interested in leadership development should own.

The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John C Maxwell

The author of this book has over 30 years leadership development experience under his belt, and has documented everything you need to know.  He has taken observations from the worlds of sports, business, politics, religion and military conflict and details both success stories and mistakes made.  A must-have read for any leader.

The Leadership Challenge by Kouzes & Posner

This is one of the well-known bibles of leadership development, jam-packed with information on this relevant topic.  Including valuable research findings and case study scenarios, you can also read about truly inspiring stories of people who have achieved remarkable results.

Results-Based Leadership by Ulrich, Zenger and Smallwood

The list author for this book says it ‘ addresses the important, but often missing connection between leadership and results.’  This vital book argues that successful leaders don’t just have the right personality traits, but it is how they combine and use these traits to obtain the best results.  The book aims to show leaders how they can achieve results in four areas, namely, results for employees, the organisation, its customers and its investors.

Leadership by Design by Vicere and Fulmer

This thought-provoking book challenges traditional methods of leadership development and suggests that the new way of thinking involves driving the flexibility, commitment and competitiveness of the whole organisation.  The list author states ‘the best contribution of the book is their discusses on how leadership development is part of a learning organisation and its strategic intent.’

Leading Change by John P Kotter

This relevant bestseller is a firm favourite for any business leader.  The author claims that there are eight steps an organisation has to go through to manage change with positive effect.  The book outlines these stages and the processes and gives practical guidance on achieving goals, and discusses any potential hiccups that might occur along the way.

The Cycle of Leadership:  How Great Leaders Teach Their Companies To Win by Tichy and Cardwell

The authors of this practical resource show leaders how great companies develop their business knowledge into teachable points of view, whilst sharing best practices with others and how they can learn from the employees they are tutoring.  The list author says the book ‘discusses the importance of teaching organisations that develop leaders at all levels.’

The Extraordinary Leader:  Turning Good Managers into Great Leaders by John H Zenger

This leading research-based book on leadership development focuses on feedback obtained from 20,000 managers.  It addresses the link between leadership behaviour and the performance of an organisation, as well as identifies 16 competencies that separate great leaders from average ones.

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Published by Valentine Belonwu

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  1. Juan Castillo · March 4, 2013

    Great list of books, Valentine. I will look for some of them. Thanks for sharing!!!

  2. Mark Trueman · March 5, 2013

    Hey Valentine,

    I read a lot of books (I try to hit about two a week), so I naturally found this article to be very interesting.

    As a counterpart of 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership I think 22 immutable laws of marketing is a great read as well.

    Awesome post 🙂

    – Mark T.

  3. Joe Wickman · March 16, 2013

    Great list!
    I was only familiar with a few of these. Thanks!

  4. Tom Jamieson · April 17, 2013

    This is a great and comprehensive list. I have already read the first two on this list and am starting the third. I have also read many more by John Maxwell, who is a great authority on leadership. Thanks for sharing.

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