Five Books to Read to Help You Grow as a Leader and As a Person

Thursday, May 9, 2019

If you are anything like me you have thousand books in your "to read list" and still struggle to figure out which book you should read next. (this could be only me!). I love all books but every now and then I love to switch my rom coms and nonfiction for books that help me learn, develop and do better. We all want to improve our lives, whether is our careers, figuring out how to communicate better or just learn how to balance life, work and play. Here are five books that are a great place to start to help you in your personal development and your career.
Each year at our provincial conference I look for books that leaders, guest speakers and people who inspire me are reading. While I walked away with a list of over 30 books I should read, these five books resonated more; I believe its because they are equally applicable to my personal and professional life.
Find Your Why: A Practical Guide for Discovering Purpose for You and Your Team
"This easy-to-follow guide starts with the search for your personal why, and then expands to helping your colleagues find your organization's why. With detailed instructions on every stage in the process, the book also answer common concerns, such as: What if my why sounds like my competitor's? Can you have more than one why? And, if my work doesn't match my why, what do I do?"
I have probably read this book twice (and mentioned it on the blog few times) but I love the idea of discovering your purpose. The reason I looked it few times, is because life and circumstances change. What was true 5 years ago, might be different today.

This Is Day One: A Practical Guide to Leadership That Matters
"If you're intimidated by the mystique surrounding leadership, this book is for you. Dudley simplifies leadership without denying its complexity, demonstrating that leadership in all its forms begins at the same clear and accessible place for everyone: what he calls "Day One."
This is more of a guide and more on the side of self help, which I think is great. Regardless if you have a team, wok form home or you are a stay at home mom, this book resonates because every day is a new day, a new beginning to make a difference.

Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts.
"Leadership is not about titles, status and power over people. Leaders are people who hold themselves accountable for recognizing the potential in people and ideas, and developing that potential. This is a book for everyone who is ready to choose courage over comfort, make a difference and lead."

"If businesses could adopt this supportive mentality, employees would be more motivated to take bigger risks, because they’d know their colleagues and company would back them up, no matter what. Drawing on powerful and inspiring stories, Sinek shows how to sustain an organization’s WHY while continually adding people to the mix."
This is the second book from this author, that kind of ties into the first one. I liked this book because it didn't focus on tips and tricks of how to climb the company ladder but how to be a better leader though empathy, better communication and there for doing better for yourself and others.

"One simple tool to change the way you view your life."
I had the opportunity to see Darci, motivational speaker, at a recent convention, and really enjoyed her presentation. Her enthusiasm is contagious, and her message is simple and has the potential to change your life. The book is a good take on positive thinking and how to improve your life through positive thinking

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