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Personal Development and Leadership Book Recommendations

Amanda Sollman

Personal Development and Leadership Book Recommendations

Many of you asked what personal development and leadership book recommendations we have – so we made it easy and give you a list! Check back often for new additions!

We've categorized these by who recommended the book. The copy in italics is extra commentary from the person who recommended it. If you haven't already, make sure to meet all these different people on our team!

See that something's missing? Let us know in the comments!

Mark's Recommended Books

  • Outwitting the Devil by Napoleon Hill (This book will teach you why you trick yourself into believing that survival is okay. I've never had anyone not come back and thank me for recommending this book.)
  • Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill (This is one of the core books that every person ought to read about money mindset.)
  • A New Earth: Awakening Your Life's Purpose by Eckhart Tolle (This has a bit of a spiritual tone, but it's not specific to any religion. It opened my eyes to how the Universe communicates with us on a daily basis.)
  • Any book written by Dr. Wayne Dyer (Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life and The Power of Intention are two good ones.)
  • Never Eat Alone by Keith Ferrazzi (I've always been someone who liked people and being around others, but I was never purposeful about how I networked. Keith's book gave me a strategy for managing my network, which is essential.)

Wade's Recommended Books

  • The Obstacle is the Way by Ryan Holliday (This book was made mandatory by the New England Patriots the last year they won the Super Bowl. The next year, the Seattle Seahawks read it before going on to win. This author was a relative unknown before these teams brought attention to the book's content – good read!)
  • Wooden on Leadership by John Wooden (John was SO principled in everything he did! For anyone who loves sports, this is a great introduction to the topic of leadership.)
  • Good to Great by Jim Collins (Don't get hung up on the fact that half the companies they focused on are no more – learn from the principles!)
  • Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand (This book was written in 1957 by a woman who grew up in the USSR under socialism, but some of the conversations sound like they just came off today's news!)
  • The Five Levels of Leadership by John Maxwell (John does a great job illustrating the different types of leadership. For someone who aspires to "do more", the concepts of this book are essential to understand!)
  • The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Pathrick Lencioni (The author uses business fables, which can be a little difficult for someone to get used to, but – in my opinion – the format makes the concepts easy to understand as they are interwoven throughout the story of why teams can fail. – Amanda seconds this recommendation! It was a good one.)
  • The Psychology of Selling by Brian Tracy (In terms of understanding what it takes to get ahead in sales, this is the best book I've ever read!)
  • Blue Ocean Strategy by Renee Mauborgne & W Chan Kim (This is a thought-provoking book that makes you take a fresh look at your business model. Is there a better way?)
  • Made in America by Sam Walton (I loved this book! Yes, it is ALL about Sam Walton, but there is SO MUCH to learn from that man! He knew his competitors better than they knew themselves and he was relentless!)
  • The Mentor Leader by Tony Dungy (Tony Dungy was the first author I read when I first started getting into my own personal development. My life has never been the same since! This is a great read for mentors and mentees, alike – and we need more of both!)
  • The Success Principles by Jack Canfield (Take 100% responsibility for your life and envision your future! You may want this one on Audible.com – there is simply too much content to read it just once!)
  • The Last Lion by William Manchester & Paul Reid (This is a 3-part biography of Winston Churchill and, even though each book is 1,100+ pages long, I couldn't put them down! The best description I read of this is "Thorough.")
  • Integrity by Dr. Henry Cloud (For a topic like this, I was impressed by how many different "new" ideas Dr. Cloud had on this subject.)
  • The Smartest Guys in the Room by Bethany McLean & Peter Elkind (This one is like reading a thriller or a murder/mystery! The men and women at Enron epitomized a lot of things in business. No wonder we have so many more regulations now! You won't be able to put this one down!)
  • Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin (Imagine the President appointing his top three political competitors to his inner circle. What President Lincoln did would be impossible today, but thankfully he was in the right time and place. Incredible.)

Amanda's Recommended Books

  • Creativity, Inc. by Ed Catmull (I am a HUGE Disney fan, so I am probably predisposed to like this! It's fascinating to look at the practices Pixar put in place to ensure unparalleled creativity.)
  • Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh (Tony was the CEO of Zappos and was dead-set on delivering elite customer service by creating amazing company culture. Definitely a good read for anyone wanting to build excellent culture into the fabric of your organization.)
  • Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg (Whether you agree with everything Sheryl says or not, I think this is an incredibly important book for women to read (and the men who have women in their lives, as well)).
  • The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin (Happiness is a journey, not a destination, but the author makes it interesting by putting different ideas for increasing happiness to the test as part of a year-long project.)
  • The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod (This is an easy read with lots of great tips for creating a morning routine. I recommend reading a hard copy. I listened to the audiobook and found myself wanting to make notes in the margins I didn't have!)
  • The Martian by Andy Weir (Yes, this is a fiction book, but it's SO GOOD! I didn't understand probably 40-60% of the science, but it totally doesn't matter because the story is so engrossing.)

Emily's Recommended Books

 

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