Dave’s Leadership Library

It is a well-known fact that ‘leaders are readers.” Periodically, I like to share some books you might consider reading if you are interested in improving your leadership skills.

How I Built This – by Guy Raz

If you are familiar with Guy Raz’s public radio show, “How I Built This”, you will love the book. It is a compilation of some of the things discussed on the show. The program has featured some of the most successful entrepreneurs from around the world, so the lessons in the book are very interesting and helpful to everyone interested in either starting a business or keep it successful.

Let Us Dream: The Path To A Better Future – by Pope Francis and Austen Ivereigh.

Most people are only exposed to the thoughts and teachings of a Pope through formal encyclicals of the Catholic Church. The book “Let Us Dream: The Path to a Better Future” presents the Pontiff’s thinking about contemporary issues, including racial injustice, poverty, and populist politicians.  Co-written by Pope Francis and his biographer, Austen Ivereigh, the book is not heavily weighted by the Church’s theology. Instead, it includes stories of the Pope’s own life experiences in light of the challenges of the past year. The book came about because of the coronavirus, which Ivereigh says left the Pope feeling isolated from the people and with a desire to share his observations widely.

The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck – by Mark Manson

This is not a traditional self-help book. The author admits that not everyday is a great day and sometimes we stumble. I like how he weaves Stoicism and western Buddhism into his thinking.

First Break All The Rules – by Marcus Buckingham

The book advocates for a slightly out of the norm strategy of managing people. It is suggested that leaders let their workers choose how they will reach their goals and the importance of doing whatever it takes to keep workers happy. I’m not sure, I’d endorse the methods, but the book gives managers some important things to think about.

Keep reading. I’d love to get your book recommendations. While I only read non-fiction, not everything I read is about business and management. Please post your ideas as a comment below. Thanks!


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