Business leadership books are a dime a dozen; but from time to time, we encounter one that provides insight. Here are five that are worth your time, if you and your team haven’t already read them.
1. Good to Great, Jim Collins
Collins highlights 11 companies that have made the jump from being good at what they do to being great. It’s a little dated, but the traits that made these companies what they are (or were) are still excellent guideposts for success.
2. Traction, Gino Wickman
Wickman blends the best practices from a variety of tried-and-true business books with real-life examples to create a compact, practical and implementable business tool.
We can personally speak to the effectiveness of this one—we’ve implemented its practical principles in our business leadership practices.
3. The Four Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive, Patrick Lencioni
In this allegorical “leadership fable,” Rich O’Connor runs his company according to four disciplines:
– Build and Maintain a Cohesive Leadership Team
– Create Organizational Clarity
– Over-Communicate Organizational Clarity
– Reinforce Organizational Clarity Through Human Systems
4. The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, Patrick Lencioni
Don’t be surprised when you see yourself and your team members reflected in the characters of this book. Lencioni’s third “leadership fable” guides you through the steps required to move a team from dysfunctional to healthy.
5. Business Adventures, John Brooks
“More than two decades after Warren [Buffett] lent it to me—and more than four decades after it was first published—Business Adventures remains the best business book I’ve ever read.” –Bill Gates
When Bill Gates AND Warren Buffett recommend a business book, you know it’s worth your time.
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