Six Books You’ll Find on Our Leaders’ Bookshelves

By Claire Barham Sep 06, 2017

Tell any great leader you’re looking to better yourself and they’ll likely offer this advice: Grab a book. So much can be learned from the stories and experiences of others. Our leaders at N2 agree, and it’s why they put together a recommended reading list for our team. In honor of “Read a Book Day,” here’s a list of six must-reads for anyone aiming for greatness. Happy Reading!

1. GOOD TO GREAT, JIM COLLINS

Author Jim Collins long pondered the question, “Can a good company become a great company and if so, how?” Through his research of companies that made huge improvements in their performance over time, Collins found that it is possible. It came down to a corporate culture that found and promoted disciplined people to think and act in a disciplined manner. This book is essentially a well-reasoned road map to excellence.

2. LEADERSHIP 101, JOHN C. MAXWELL

Drawing from a number of his bestsellers, this book dives into principles that have become Dr. Maxwell’s trademark style. He focuses on essential and proven qualities necessary for true leadership: influence, integrity, attitude, vision, problem-solving, and self-discipline. Looking for practical steps to develop true leadership in your life and the lives of others? This should be your next read.

3. HOW TO WIN FRIENDS AND INFLUENCE PEOPLE, DALE CARNEGIE 

This classic is just as useful today as it was when it was first published in 1937. Financial success, Carnegie believed, is due 15 percent to professional knowledge and 85 percent to “the ability to express ideas, to assume leadership, and to arouse enthusiasm among people.” Want to know how to deal with people so that they feel important and appreciated? Or how to handle people without making them feel manipulated? This is the book for you.

4. RICH DAD POOR DAD, ROBERT T. KIYOSAKI

This is the story of Robert Kiyosaki and his two dads—his real father and the father of his best friend, his rich dad—and the ways in which both men shaped his thoughts about money and investing. The book explodes the myth that you need to earn a high income to be rich and explains the difference between working for money and having your money work for you.

5. GOALS!, BRIAN TRACY 

Why do some people achieve all their goals while others simply dream of having a better life? Bestselling author Brian Tracy shows that the road from frustration to fulfillment is already paved by presenting principles you need to know to make your dreams come true. Using the twenty-one strategies Tracy outlines, you’ll be able to accomplish any goals you set for yourself. This is a must-have on your bookshelf.

6. THE ADVANTAGE, PATRICK M. LENCIONI 

There is a competitive advantage out there that is more powerful than any other. Author Patrick Lencioni argues that the difference between successful companies and mediocre ones has little to do with what they know and how smart they are, but more to do with their health. Simply put, an organization is healthy when it is whole, consistent, and complete. This book provides leaders with a model for achieving organizational health.

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