12 Best Books on Leadership

Roshni Khatri

28th Sep'22
12 Best Books on Leadership | OpenGrowth

"Leadership is lifting a person's vision to new heights, raising a person's performance to a higher standard, and building a personality beyond its normal limitations." —Peter Drucker


Great leaders devote their time to nurturing and providing education and skills to others. To become a successful leader, you have to meet and explore the core competencies of great leaders. With this, you can refer to the Effective Executive by  Peter Drucker for immense leadership and leadership views.


However, it may be difficult to step away from the office and read a variety of books. But it is the most significant key to refueling and refocusing yourself as a leader. It fills you with zest and provides innovation and growth.


Keep in mind, though, that correlation is not the same as causation. The fact that the same books are read and recommended by all world leaders does not ensure that reading them will make you as successful as they are.


Well, this article will focus on great leadership books that may provide leading career opportunities for you.



A good leadership career starts with a good leader. And the platform is built on the foundation of psychological strength, emotional strength, and self-awareness. We frequently consider leadership in terms of how we interact with those on the outside.


Every relationship has two halves, and many of us don't take care of them sufficiently. Making the effort to increase your self-awareness can help you manage both yourself and others more effectively as a leader.


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We may become more genuine, relevant, and reliable role models by being clear about who we are and who we are not; where we excel; and where we need help. This is especially for entrepreneurs who need to be dependent on their leadership skills.


The following books can guide you to adopt a greater sense of leadership style.


1. The Gifts of Imperfection-Brene Brown

The book is about practicing self-love and compassion. It challenges us to accept our flaws as we would anyone else's and to view our skills and abilities less as gifts for ourselves and more as gifts to share with others.


In short, the "Gifts of imperfection" are about knowing yourself so that we can engage others at the same level.


2. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People-Stephen R. Covey

This classic book explores Covey's "character ethic," founded the values of justice, morality, and respect for others. Even if many of us are successful on the outside, we still struggle with our bad habits.


We can use best-selling author Stephen Covey's seven habits to increase our productivity, fortify our bonds with others, and prioritize our goals.


3. The Untethered Soul-Michael Singer

"The Untethered Soul" is one of the most philosophical, and even spiritual, leadership books. It aids in our interior journey by enabling us to observe our ego ourselves with greater objectivity as well as by releasing us from habitual ideas and feelings that constrict our conscious awareness.


4. The Art of Possibility-Rosamund Stone Zander and Benjamin Zander

The Art of Possibility offers guidance on how to go from convergent thinking about problems to divergent thinking about the possibilities that are in front of us. The 12 exercises for this quest can lead to new ways of thinking and seeing oneself.


5. Go: Put Your Strengths to Work-Marcus Buckingham

It's not ground-breaking to say that when we play to our strengths, we are all most productive and content. The novel idea is that maybe our definitions of strengths and weaknesses have been off-base.


According to Buckingham, our assets are the things that invigorate us (and make us stronger), and our liabilities are the things that deplete our resources.


By using that perspective, we can see our true gifts in addition to our acquired skills.


6. Immunity to Change-Robert Kegan and Lisa Laskow Lahey

Despite the fact that life is constantly presenting us with new possibilities, realities, and chapters to experience, we sometimes find ourselves unable to break free of our old patterns of conduct.


This book provides a strategy for change. We must comprehend our objectives, the advantages we bring, as well as the behaviors that stand in our way.


Additionally, we need to comprehend the major presumptions that underlie our concealed internal commitments to ourselves. We can advance thanks to these methods.


7. The Power of Meaning—Emily Esfahani Smith

In The Power of Meaning, Smith states that meaning and purpose are not synonyms. As purpose is one of the four pillars of meaning, The other three are transcendence, narrative, and belonging.


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Each of us combines these pillars in a special way to give our life significance. Our knowing that enables us to apply ourselves more deliberately in order to raise our feeling of significance and, consequently, our level of involvement in our work. Trying to comprehend what gives our team members' meaning is something we, as leaders, may also do.


8. The Truth About Employee Engagement—Patrick Lencioni

The book outlines the three signs that make employees hate their jobs. They feel like no one knows who they are, they don't know how they are measured, and for whom their work is important.


Lencioni discusses what managers can do to overcome these challenges and create employee engagement.


9. The Five Thieves of Happiness-John Izzo

This book explains that our natural state is happiness. However, there are forces at work to steal it from us. He provides the names of five thieves: control, conceit, coveting, consumption, and comfort.


Each of these has a rebuttal force and a course of action. For instance, surrender, the polar opposite of control, might help us concentrate on our intentions rather than worry about managing the outcome.


Understanding the thieves lays out a path to happiness—or, at the very least, contentment.


10. Rising Strong-Brene Brown 

Failure is difficult, and we all approach it differently. In "Rising Strong," Brown teaches us to recognise the unspoken narrative that underlies our reactions, trace its origins, and then rewrite its conclusion.


By doing so, we are able to change how we interact. The ideas in this book form the foundation of our resilience, which enables us to keep returning to the major obstacles.


11. Start With Why-Simon Sinek

It is one of the best leadership books for understanding what it means to lead with purpose. People who desire to revitalize their organizations should start by reading this book.


Without a doubt, "Start with Why" changed the game in terms of how leaders guide their organizations.


It also explains the importance of putting purpose at the center of business so that the owners and executives do not lose focus on fulfilling the mission of the company.


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12. Crucial Conversations- Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan and AI Switzler

Hard conversations are hard so we try to avoid them or allow emotions to regin. This book provides a suggestion on how to navigate the challenges. 


According to the authors, significant talks must occur under three conditions: intense emotions, diverse perspectives, and high stakes. The authors proceed by guiding us through a framework for problem-solving. 



It takes more than just reading a book to develop someone into a capable leader. To develop effective teams, gain respect, maximize potential, and leave a long-lasting impression on businesses, these books offer insight, guidelines, and practical guidance that can be put into practice.


I hope the above-mentioned books can provide useful insight into becoming a successful leader.


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A keen observer, who loves to spend time with nature. A fun loving person, enjoys to explore the new aspects of life. Passionate about reading and learning new things. Roshni is dedicated towards her work and has worked in different professions.