All leaders are readers, though not all readers are leaders. When we think of leaders, we usually think of political or military leaders, or the captains of industry. But the cadre of leaders also includes teachers, pastors, and parents, as well as too many other categories of people to mention. The most effective ones have studied at least some of the basic principles of leadership, which means they read.
I recommend reading for everyone. It widens our view of the world around us and developing just the basics of leadership skills will help us immensely in our interactions with people around us, whether family, friends, work associates or strangers with whom we come in contact.
If you would like to just read a few of the books that cover the most basic skills of leadership, here is my list of recommendations. The first four are specific to many leadership trainers that I know personally, then from there it gets into some of my own personal recommendations.
HOW TO WIN FRIENDS AND INFLUENCE PEOPLE
by Dale Carnegie
That title almost sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it? Can it really be that simple? Dale Carnegie shows us that yes – it really is that simple! With a bit of effort and self-education, ANYONE can become a better people-person.
If you read no other book, read this one. It has been a classic for over 80 years!
HOW I RAISED MYSELF FROM FAILURE TO SUCCESS IN SELLING…
by Frank Bettger
There’s one key ingredient that spells the difference between success and failure – not only in selling but in every avenue of life. That magical ingredient is enthusiasm.
HOW TO HAVE CONFIDENCE & POWER IN DEALING WITH PEOPLE
by Les Giblin
How confident are you when dealing with others? How do you handle yourself when dealing with strangers? Friends? Family members? Members of YOUR team? How would you rate your public speaking skills and delivery?
THE MAGIC OF THINKING BIG
by David J. Schwartz, Ph.D
To achieve big goals and big dreams, you’ve got to master the art of big thinking! Big thinking is the hallmark of effective, productive leaders. Unfortunately, today’s colleges and universities aren’t offering Big Thinking 101. MBAs and Ph.Ds don’t necessarily qualify you. Fortunately, though, ANYONE can master the art of thinking big – thanks to Dr. David Schwartz’s timeless bestseller.
POSITIVE PERSONALITY PROFILES
by Robert A Rohm PhD.
Using the easily-learned "D-I-S-C" system, Dr Rohm's Positive Personality Profiles help you understand yourself and others so that you can communicate more effectively.
THE MILLIONAIRE NEXT DOOR
by Thomas J. Stanley, Ph.D. and William D. Danko, Ph.D.
Can you spot the millionaire next door? Many of them live inconspicuous lives and are not obviously millionaires when you meet them. The surprising secrets of America's wealthy. I highly recommend it.