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Read These Books to Become a Better Leader

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Stepping into a management role is a big transition from operational functions. As a leader, you are expected to be both authoritative yet likable enough to not cause friction. All your actions should be in the best interest of productivity and the company, which often means in the best interest of employees. These top 5 books will help you manage your team better, increase productivity, and strike a balance between likability and effectiveness, as well as corporate strategy. The author has read these books and uses the knowledge, to varying degrees, in business interactions, and knows they will help improve your leadership abilities regardless of the level you operate at.

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The Art of War by Sun Tzu
The Art of War is about, well, warfare, but the themes and tactics explored in this lengthy book by ancient Chinese philosopher and general Sun Tzu still hold true today. Some 2,000 years after its publication, the book has become a fundamental learning tool for business leaders throughout history. The tactics, mindset, and ever-long game of chess that Tzu outlines have made it one of the most influential texts in all of history.

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Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don’t by James C. Collins
James Collins is one of the leading business authors in the contemporary market. His team has analyzed companies that vastly outperform their peers, and underperforming ones, to give general rules and guidance on how to improve company performance.

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How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
This book is a powerhouse of inspirational knowledge on interpersonal skills. It sets out clear rules, as well as helpful tips and guidelines, for exceeding in building meaningful relationships in all areas of life. The book, now over 60-years-old, has stood the test of time and is referenced often by inspirational speakers when discussing their success in a business environment. Those who sometimes struggle with everyday workplace conversations and gaining loyalty will find this useful.

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The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
Massively successful companies often start the way any business does: with one person, some ideas, and motivation. But there is a big gap between formulating those ideas, and growing them into a fortune 500 company. Many people can get bogged down in the little details of starting a business, but this book will help ground you to keep you motivated, productive, and in a healthy mindset, while enjoying the venture of leading a company.

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Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More than IQ by Daniel Goleman
Many authors, including some at the Harvard Business Review, embrace evidence that has linked emotional intelligence to success, more so than IQ (intelligence quotient). Albert Einstein once said, “everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” The book analyzes the influence of different levels of intelligence and teaches you how to recognize and utilize the various intelligences in your team for maximum cohesion and effectiveness. It also teaches you how to improve your emotional intelligence to become a better leader.

 

By: Jordan Haworth

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