“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.” ~Charles W. Eliot
Recently I asked over 500 of my LinkedIn connections to give me their suggestions of top ranked books for personal growth, leadership, and business.
I respect their opinion.
Statistics show that 39% of LinkedIn members are a Manager, Director, Owner, Chief Officer, or Vice President. Members come from around the world, and average members’ salaries tend are higher than average.
Will Smith, American actor, shared his passion for reading and running with young people in this short 1 minute video:
It pays to read: pay attention to these top ranked books recommended by leaders around the world:
Meditations for Living in Balance: Daily Solutions for People Who Do Too Much by Anne Wilson Schaef.
5 stars 4 reviews on Amazon.
Dr. Anne Wilson Schaef shares daily inspirational readings and meditations on how to live in balance. Make this reading part of your morning or evening routine.
Launching a Leadership Revolution by Chris Brady and Orrin Woodward
5 stars 36 customer reviews on Amazon.
Sooner or later, we are all called upon to lead. Some of us question whether we can learn to be leaders. With the help of this unique, step-by-step guide for attaining invaluable leadership skills, you can be. The authors teach us about the five levels of influence:
Learn: A leader must be able to learn from anyone
Perform: Persevere through failure to find success
Lead: Extend your abilities by expanding your team
Develop Leaders: Learn to trust your people
Develop Leaders Who Develop Leaders: Create a legacy.
How Successful People Think by John C. Maxwell
4.5 starts, 36 reviews on Amazon.
John C. Maxwell, international leadership expert, has developed distinctive thinking patterns from successful people across all types of industries.
The book covers thinking in several areas:
1. Focused thinking.
2. Creative thinking.
3. Realistic thinking.
4. Strategic thinking.
5. Possibility thinking.
6. Reflective thinking.
7. Question Popular Thinking.
8. Shared thinking.
9. Unselfish thinking (get outside yourself!).
10. Bottom-Line thinking.
5 stars 50 customer reviews on Amazon.
Noah Blumenthal has been named one of the 100 top personal development thinkers by Leadership Excellence Magazine.
Mr. Blumenthal has written a modern-day parable of a young executive faced with all sorts of problems and challenges. This book helps readers overcome the Victim mentality that can so quickly sap success. He provides a plethora of tips to help make us make the shift from Victim to Hero in our daily lives.
4.5 stars, 338 customer reviews on Amazon.
Daniel Kahneman received a Nobel Prize in Economics about rational decision-making. In this book he describes two systems that drive the way we think. System 1 is faster, emotional, and more intuitive. System 2 is slower, more deliberative, and more logical. He goes into detail about how we can learn to use both systems to our advantage, while learning the pitfalls on solely relying on one or another.
4.5 stars, 84 customer reviews on Amazon
Daniel Rock shows how our brain works or doesn’t work when faced with common day-to-day problems in the workplace. An organizational psychologist recommended this book to me. It’s easy to read, and easy to apply to daily life.
This summary from Amazon shows that the author explores:
– why our brains feel so taxed, and how to maximize our mental resources
– why it’s so hard to focus, and how to better manage distractions
– how to maximize your chance of finding insights that can solve seemingly insurmountable problems
– how to keep your cool in any situation, so that you can make the best decisions possible
– how to collaborate more effectively with others
– why providing feedback is so difficult, and how to make it easier
– how to be more effective at changing other people’s behavior
4.5 stars, 2 reviews on Amazon
Here’s the authors’ background:
Peter Clough is the former Head of Psychology at Hull University and is recognized as a leading applied academic authority in this field. He is co-developer of the mental toughness model and the MTQ48 Mental Toughness Questionnaire. He has also contributed to Psychometrics in Coaching and Leadership Coaching (both published by Kogan Page).
Doug Strycharczyk is owner and Managing Director for AQR Ltd., an organization that has been instrumental in the adoption of mental toughness in new sectors and is now one of Europe’s fastest growing test publishers and distributors.
This book is written for coaches hoping to find and develop mental toughness in themselves, others, and in teams.
Here are the four pillars of mental toughness discussed in the book:
–Challenge: seeing challenge as an opportunity
–Confidence: having high levels of self-belief
–Commitment: being able to stick to tasks
–Control: believing that people control their own destiny
5 stars, 1 review on Amazon
The authors of this book look at the combinations of effectiveness and creativity to produce better results for companies such as Apple, Google, Toyota, IDEO and others. They outline key principles to help leaders of knowledge companies to bring innovation and results to their work.
These are just a few of the best books from my LinkedIn members. Which top ranked books have you read? Which book/s above do you want to read? And which additional books would you recommend to my readers?
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