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The Top Leadership Books of All Time?

The Top Leadership Books of All Time?

by Bill High

I’m working on a project focusing on how the best leaders do not seem to follow “the rules”—they break with convention.

As part of the project I’d love to know your top leadership books and principles.

Some of the top leadership books that I’ve read include the following:

  •  The Go-Giver, by Bob Burg and John David Mann
  • A Resilient Life by Gordon MacDonald
  • Spiritual Leadership by Henry and Richard Blackaby
  • The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni
  • Good to Great by Jim Collins

Here’s a more expansive list published by Soundview Magazine as “The 25 Best Leadership Books of All-Time.”

  1. On Becoming a Leader by Warren Bennis
  2. The Art of War by Sun Tzu
  3. Wooden on Leadership by John Wooden & Steve Jamison
  4. Good to Great by Jim Collins
  5. Primal Leadership by Daniel Goleman, Richard Boyatzis & Annie McKee
  6. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
  7. The Leadership Challenge by James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner
  8. Start with Why by Simon Sinek
  9. First, Break all the Rules by Don Clifton
  10. Execution by Larry Bossidy & Ram Charan
  11. Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman
  12. Drive by Daniel Pink
  13. Leading Change by John Kotter
  14. The Innovator’s Dilemma by Clayton Christensen
  15. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
  16. The Lean Startup by Eric Ries
  17. The Effective Executive by Peter Drucker
  18. The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John Maxwell
  19. The First 90 Days by Michael Watkins
  20. The One Minute Manager by Ken Blanchard and Spencer Johnson
  21. True North by Bill George
  22. Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
  23. Tribes by Seth Godin
  24. Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin
  25. The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni

Are there any on the list you especially emphasize? Are there any big misses that should be on the list but aren’t?



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Published July 2, 2021

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