Books are the best.

I learn so much from being a leader and almost as much from reading great books on leadership. 

I’ve always been a reader, even as a child.  I’d lay a blanket on the lawn, sprawl out, and read for hours.  Fiction, non-fiction, biographies – you name it, I’ll read it if it’s good!

Here are a few of my favorite books on leadership, mindset, self-care, growth, and a few other topics that continue to provide wisdom for me.  I hope they do the same for you.  So find your local independent bookstore and shop locally!

Books Specifically on Leadership

  • Leaders Eat Last – Simon Sinek
  • You Can’t Know it All – Wanda T Wallace
  • Dare to Lead – Brene Brown
  • 100X Leader – Jeremie Kubicek and Steve Cockram
  • Questions are the Answer – Hal Halgerson
  • Good to Great – Jim Collins
  • The Effective Executive – Peter Drucker
  • The 21 Irrefutable Traits of a Leader – John Maxwell

Books to help in critical situations

  • The Hard Thing about Hard Things – Ben Horowitz
  • Grit – Angela Duckworth
  • Crucial Conversations – Patterson, Grenny, McMillan, & Switzler
  • The Five Dysfunctions of a Team – Patrick Lencioni

Books on Mindset, Self-Care, Productivity

  • The 5-Second Rule – Mel Robbins
  • Eat that Frog – Brian Tracy
  • Atomic Habits – James Clear
  • Mindset – Carol S. Dweck, PhD
  • Free to Focus – Michael Hyatt
  • The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck – Mark Manson
  • Rest – Alex Pang
  • Necessary Endings – Dr Henry Cloud
  • 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth – John Maxwell

Books Particularly Good for Women 

  • Lean In – Sheryl Sandberg
  • 13 Things Mentally Strong Women Don’t Do – Amy Morin
  • Confidence Code – Katty Kay & Claire Shipman

Books on my list that I can’t wait to read

  • Leadership in Turbulent Times – Doris Kearns Goodwin
  • Everything is Figureoutable – Marie Forleo
  • Fear is not the Boss of You – Jennifer Allwood

 

 

Paula Chapulis is a Whole Person Certified Leadership Coach.