The best quality leaders in both for-profit and non-profit organizations have a tendency to continue their education in their field, especially in a self-guided fashion. Fortunately for workplace leaders, a large number of books are published every year by fellow leaders in a number of disciplines. While some older books, such as Stephen Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, are still pertinent today, a number of leadership books become outdated over the years due to the changing workplace environment (either in terms of technology or culture). Over the past decade, however, most of the best books on leadership are still relevant. Here is a shortlist of some of the best books one can buy on the subject:
Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action by Simon Sinek
Advertising agency owner, RAND Corporation adjunct and motivational speaker Simon Sinek’s first book on leadership delves deep into the importance of all stakeholders ion an organization to understand why they are doing what they are doing in the organization as a matter of professional and ethical principles.
Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World by Gen. Stanley McChrystal
The former Commander of the Joint Special Operations Task Force has an immense amount of knowledge to impart in this book based on first-hand life-or-death experience in the immediate need for adaptability to new environments.
Wooden on Leadership: How to Create a Winning Organization by John Wooden and Steve Jamison
Former UCLA basketball coach John Wooden shares his insights into leadership from an over 40-year career, including his self-titled “pyramid of success” organization of qualities and principles for success.
The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups by Daniel Coyle
Outside Magazine editor Daniel Coyle applies research into successful organizations (both professional businesses and military outfits) to report the applicable skills of teamwork and group leadership to the reader.
Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin
Both authors are retired Navy SEALs. Basin runs a consultancy firm, and Willink is a well-known podcaster and author of his own self-help books (such as the also bestselling Discipline Equals Freedom: Field Manual). Together, they pool their experiences working within SEAL teams in extreme circumstances, as well as in less tense moments, to produce a unique outlook on leadership not only of others but of oneself.