Become a better leader with these Impossible approved Best Leadership Books, whether you’re leading people or yourself.
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Tribes, by Seth Godin
Seth Godin argues that anyone can start a movement – bring together a tribe to achieve great things:
“Do you believe in what you do? Every day? It turns out that belief happens to be a brilliant strategy.”Seth Godin
He says that too many people ignore the opportunity to lead, remaining in their seat and waiting for answers from others.
This book gives you the tools and the mindset to find your tribe and to connect with them, too become the leader you’ve always wanted to be and achieve the impossible.
Let My People Go Surfing: The Education of a Reluctant Businessman by Yvon Chouinard
Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard outlines his business philosophy, the title being a reference to how he lets the whole office go surfing when the waves are good.
Patagonia is a mission driven business that places its philosophy at the heart of everything they do. Chouinard describes his reasoning behind all of his business decisions, keeping his people and the environment at the forefront.
His seemingly maverick approach to business has paid dividends and this book outlines the value created by having a mission and values, and sticking to them.
Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
A stoic masterpiece, Marcus Aurelius explains the struggle to reconcile the demands of leadership with personal integrity and spiritual well-being, giving insight and advice into how to live.
Stoicism has become popular amongst business leaders, entrepreneurs and top athletes. Here is timeless wisdom that will equip you to better lead both others and yourself.
Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin
We love Jocko. He doesn’t know what impossible means. This book is a collection of learnings from the two officers who led the most decorated special operations unit of the Iraq War with instructions on how to apply these lessons from the battlefield to life and business.
The authors came back from Iraq and were tasked with training the next generation of SEALs before they set up their own consultancy, teaching their principles to high performance teams across a range of industries.
In a no-bullshit style, Extreme Ownership challenges leaders, in war, in sport or in business, to fulfill their ultimate purpose: to lead and to win.
The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene
Robert Greene’s masterpiece is widely admired by everyone, from athletes to rappers, from writers to hedge fund managers. It’s apparently the most read book in US prisons, one of the harshest environments in the world.
That’s because the book gives you genuine insights into where power stems from and how it works. If you aspire to gain power or to wield it effectively, The 48 Laws will serve you well.
Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t by Simon Sinek
Sinek reveals how good leaders create a selfless culture, epitomized by the Marine Corps where “Officers eat last”. Sinek saw how the most junior Marines ate first while the most senior Marines waited until the end.
The book argues that while many workplaces are petty, selfish and cynical places, the best leaders create a sense of place and belonging that gives their team the necessary trust and cooperation to succeed.
True stories illustrate these ideas, ranging from the military to government, from medicine to finance. If you want to create a culture that facilitates excellence, start here.
Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of NIKE by Phil Knight
Nike is one of our most iconic brands and this is the inside story of its creation from the founder himself.
Started with only $50, Knight details the risks, setbacks and the wins that he experienced along the way to creating a modern behemoth. He also tells how a shared mission and a deep belief in the value of sport led to something special.
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