5 Books Leaders Should Read In July 2021

Reading can be a huge kick in the pants for leaders. It helps you digest the knowledge of leaders who have come before you. It also allows you to avoid their mistakes.

That’s why every month I bring you 5 books you should consider reading. These books will help you become a better leader and grow the skills you need to lead like no other.

Check out the books leaders should read in July 2021 below.

5 Books Leaders Should Read In July 2021

1. Brighten Your Leadership Light by Gary Hassenstab:

Gary recently released this book and it is fantastic. He uses wisdom found in the Bible to guide you to becoming a successful leader.

You will find each chapter lists a personal value a leader should strive to have. You will also find direction on how to apply these values to the way you lead.

Leadership Before Disaster

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Bad things happen.  Floods, fires, storms, diseases, and other disasters are facts of life.  Chances are, at some point, your business will need to recover from a (hopefully minor) catastrophe.  And when it happens, your leadership will matter.  You can help your team get back up and running faster, more efficiently, and more intentionally.  You may even be able to make things better than if the disaster had never occurred.  But what you do before disaster strikes can make all the difference.  Here are some steps you can take.  

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Quotes And Leadership Lessons From Fast And The Furious 9: F9: The Fast Saga

A Reel Leadership Article

It’s been 20 years of movies from the Fast And The Furious franchise. It’s brought us fast cars, action, and, now, space travel!

The tone of the movies has changed. It’s no longer about supped-up cars. The Fast Saga has transformed into a larger story about family.

And I love it.

Two sports cars chasing each other on a dirt road

F9: The Fast Saga continues in this vein. The story throws us a fastball. Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and Mia Toretto (Jordana Brewster) have a brother they never mentioned. Jakob Toretto (John Cena) enters into the story and creates a great piece of tension.

Let’s dive into the leadership lessons in F9: The Fast Saga. You’ll enjoy this film as much as you have the others.

Quotes And Leadership Lessons From F9: The Fast Saga

1. Jack Toretto (JD Pardo):

It’s not about being the stronger man. It’s about being the bigger one.

Are You Rewarding The Right Things?

When we reward people based on their behaviors, they begin to repeat those behaviors. Edward Thorndike researched this and coined the term The Law Of Effect.

The Law Of Effect states:

responses that produce a satisfying effect in a particular situation become more likely to occur again in that situation, and responses that produce a discomforting effect become less likely to occur again in that situation (Gray, 2011, p. 108–109).

Man with folded hands sitting in front of a MacBook Pro laptop

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Or, in simpler terms, Behaviors immediately rewarded increase in frequency, behaviors immediately punished decrease in frequency (John Maxwell).

Maxwell shares the behaviors he would like to see repeated. These behaviors are:

  • Positive attitude
  • Loyalty
  • Personal growth
  • Leadership reproduction
  • Creativity

These are all great leadership behaviors. I agree with Maxwell that these need to be traits leaders are reinforcing on a regular basis.

Powerful Strategies For Boosting Your Online Sales In 2021

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The COVID-19 pandemic triggered significant growth in many economic areas, especially the digital space. While digital-friendly businesses could contain and handle the consequences of the pandemic, businesses that had been reluctant in establishing digital solutions received a reality check. With the US e-commerce market expected to hit $4.2 trillion this year, many businesses appreciate how a digital-first tactic is critical for their success. If increasing your online sales is your business’s primary goal, these strategies should help you achieve that effortlessly.

  • Be mobile-friendly