Episode #149: 4 Business Books Every Leader Should Read

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4 Must Read Business Books

As you might imagine, a question I’m asked in virtually every interview I say “yes” to, centers around what books for leaders are at the top of my list?

To me, asking to choose among my favorite books is akin to asking a parent to name which child they love the most. Alas, I can honestly say there are at least four over the years – books, not children – that have truly stood out. These are ones I often refer back to often in my coaching and mentoring of others.

Today, I’m excited to bring you the 4 business books which, in my opinion, are books that every leader should read.

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In No Particular Order

1. Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t by Simon Sinek

I welcomed Simon onto the show back in Episode #043. In addition to Leaders Eat Last, I thoroughly enjoyed his book Start with Why.

2. Under New Management: How Leading Organizations are Upending Business as Usual by David Burkus

Among the entries here, David Burkus is the most recent guest to appear. He and I chatted about Under New Management in Episode #121.

3. Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown

Greg’s book has resonated with more leaders the last two years than just about any book I know. I had the pleasure of speaking with him about it just after the 1 year anniversary of the podcast. That was Episode #052.

4. Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter by Liz Wiseman (with Greg McKeown)

I’ve had the pleasure of bringing Liz onto the show twice. More recently to discuss her book Rookie Smarts back in Episode #062. The first time though was to discuss one of my favorite all-time books. We dove into Multipliers way back in Episode #030.

For more on my thoughts on each of these books, click the play button (above or below). I pack it all in about 10 minutes.

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