There’s a saying: “Not all readers are leaders but all leaders are readers.”
That can take the form of a physical book, an eBook, an audio book, or various other ways of consuming the information. The important thing is you’re reading.
I’ve done quite a bit myself this year. I’m over my goal of 24 books for the year and continuing strong.
Through these 24 books, I obtained great ideas, new insights, and created new thought patterns.
All from picking up a book.
Today, I’d like to share with you what I feel are 5 books you should read before the end of the year.
- EntreLeadership by Dave Ramsey – Dave shares years of insight into how he does business. He gives you the nitty gritty on how you can build a successful business. All while staying out of debt. One of the best leadership books I’ve picked up all year.
- In a Pit With a Lion On a Snowy Day by Mark Batterson - This is the story of Beneniah and how he battled a lion in a pit on a snowy day. One of those bible stories you rarely, if ever, hear told. Lots of practical advice you can apply to your life and leadership.
- Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World by Michael Hyatt – An honest and open look at how Michael Hyatt has built his platform. He started with a meager readership and has now grown his readership to over 300,000 readers a month. If you’re looking to build a platform, you need this book.
- How To Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie – I consider this to be the authoritative book on the subject of winning friends and influencing people. This book has stood the test of time and the principles are still applicable today. One of the books you should read at least once a year.
- The Hunger Games (Trilogy) by Suzanne Collins – What? A set of fiction books on a leadership site? Yup! And I’ll tell you why. The story. It’s well written, engaging, and exciting. You can enjoy a brief escape from the monotony of more business books and still get something out of it. Study the writing, learn how to tell a better story… How to draw readers in… How to get them to want more. Suzanne did that with these books. See what works and if you can apply it to your writing and leadership.
There you have it. Five must read books before the end of 2012. You’ll gain leadership insights, learn how to build your platform, and maybe even escape to a futuristic world.
Question: What book do you recommend reading before the end of 2012? Please share your thoughts in the comment section below.