Leadership skills books help you develop essential qualities in today’s fast-moving professional culture. All that was working yesterday, not necessarily be in-vogue today or tomorrow. In order to be a great leader, you need to learn smart ways to keep your employees motivated and engaged while making projects move forward.
Some of us have the innate qualities of a leader, while some struggle their way to develop that skill. As a kid in my early twenties, the idea of being a leader used to me make nervous or ever fearful. It was terrifying to think of speaking in front of a large audience. To see myself in an influential role, I knew I had to do a lot of learning and re-wiring.So what did I do? I got into reading leadership skills books, a lot. Just reading would not have helped me to become what I wanted to be, so I started applying those in my real life. Here is the list of five leadership skills books that I would recommend to adopt the mindset and regimen of a leader.
“Mindset: The New Psychology of Success” – Carol Dweck
After decades of research, Carol S. Dweck, a Standford Psychologist and a PhD, discovered a pioneering yet straightforward idea – the power of mindset. In this book, she has explained how what we think about our abilities and talents is influenced by our success and failure at different stages and aspects of life. He reveals that people with a fixed mindset who believes that abilities are fixed are less likely to flourish than those with the growth mindset, who believes abilities can be developed.
“Drive: The Surprising Truth about What Motivates Us” – Daniel Pink
With his book, Drive, Daniel Pink has redefined the way people try to motivate others at school, work or home. The new and paradigm-shattering book explains the secret to high performance and self-satisfaction in today’s world. After four decades of research, Pink showed how the difference in what science knows and what real businesses do, how that affects every aspect of our lives. The New York Times bestseller, Drive has mentioned the companies that have enlisted the new approach and scientists and entrepreneurs who are pointing a bold way forward.
“Emotional Intelligence 2.0” – Travis Bradberry and Jean Greaves
The book by Travis Bradberry and Jean Greaves is the step-by-step program to increase your emotional intelligence using your four core Emotional Quotient skills – Self-awareness, Social awareness, Self-management and relationship management. For the first time in a book, the duo unveiled TalentSmart’s revolutionary program to help you identify your EQ skilfulness, build these skills into strengths and enjoy consistent performance in your quest of important life objectives. This book can help you exceed your goals and achieve your fullest potential.
“Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress Free Productivity” – David Allen
If you want different results, you need to adopt a different approach. Do you agree? In Getting Things Done, David’s premise is simple – “Our productivity is directly proportional to our ability to relax.” To achieve effective productivity and unleash our creative potential it is essential to clear our minds and organise our thoughts. From core principals to proven tricks, the book can change the way you work (apparently, for good), showing you how to pick up the pace without wearing down yourself.
“How to Win Friends and Influence People in the Digital Age” – Dale Carnegie
In today’s world, Dale’s lessons are critical as more and more conversations and communications take place across screens and wires. Communications may have become faster, thanks to technology, but the author’s advice on how to communicate, lead and work efficiently is priceless for all the age groups. Scott Adams, the creator of Dilbert, called Dale Carnegie’s teachings in “How to Win Friends and Influence People in the Digital Age” life-changing.
With so many leadership skills books out there on developing and enhancing Leadership Skills, it was actually difficult to list only five.
P.S.: I know some people think that one cannot develop leadership skills just by reading. Honestly, it does help. Try it! And when you have read even one of these, do share your thoughts and what little change it has brought in your life.