5 Books Leaders Should Read In August 2022

Books are a huge part of growing skills for most people. That’s why every month I bring you some of the best selection of books that you, as a leader, should consider reading.

This month is no different. August 2022 could bring you huge gains in your abilities and competencies. All you need to do is read these books and apply them to how you lead.

5 Books Leaders Should Read In August 2022

1. The Long Game: How to Be a Long-Term Thinker in a Short-Term World by Dorie Clark:

Today’s world tells us that the short-term is the most important. We all know this isn’t true. However, the tyranny of the urgent supersedes the importance of the long-term.

Clark, in her great book, helps us to remember success requires us to persevere and give our best effort. These are the key components to playing the long game and truly winning in business.

5 Qualities Of A Great Leader

There are many qualities or traits a leader may strive for. There are specific qualities that leaders must strive for.

These qualities are the building blocks of great leaders. Like the Bible says, the wise man builds his house on a solid foundation, and the foolish man builds his house on shifting sands.

Man looking up

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Make sure you’re building your leadership (and yourself) on solid ground. These five qualities will help you become the great leader you desire to be.

5 Qualities Of A Great Leader

1. Teachable:

Great leaders are constant learners. They never stop growing. They are always teachable.

Want to become a great leader? Be teachable.

Pick up a great book (you might like my book, Reel Leadership). Watch a great movie. Listen to those around you.

Find ways to learn and grow.

Quotes And Leadership Lessons From Jordan Peele’s Nope

A Reel Leadership Article

My latest book, Reel Leadership, is now available on Amazon. If you love movies and leadership, you will love this book.

Nope is Jordan Peele’s latest movie. His previous films, Get Out and Us, were highly rated, so I was ecstatic to go and see Nope.

What is Nope? Nope tells the story of the Haywood family. Their ranch was the only black-owned horse training ranch in Hollywood, CA.

When strange things begin to happen on the farm, siblings OJ Haywood (Daniel Kaluuya) and Emerald Haywood (Keke Palmer) start to look for ways to capture the strange occurrences. This includes going to Fry’s Electronics and purchasing a surveillance system for the ranch.

Daniel Kaluuya, Keke Palmer, and Brandon Perea in Nope movie

The science fiction/horror movie sure delivers in the traditional sense. There’s enough science fiction to keep you entertained and enough horror to get you to jump from your seat.

What’s The Point?

I recently listened to the book Your Next Five Moves by Patrick Bet-David. In Your Next Five Moves, Bet-David talks about knowing what you’re going to do before you do it. Much like the game of chess, you need to have an idea of your moves and the moves of your competitors.

One thought I took away from the book was this:

  • What’s the point in what you’re doing?

There was a lot of talk about building a multi-million dollar business. There was even talk of increasing your income to the high six-figures.

Man on a mountain raising his fist into the air

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The Trap

We can easily become trapped in the line of thinking that we need to continuously increase our income, our business profits, and our productivity. Listening to this book made me think of the book 2-Second Lean.

There’s the thought that we always have to be increasing everything. If we don’t, we’re not doing what we were put here to do.

Ask Questions

Do you remember growing up? You always had questions. Rarely did you have answers.

The older you got, the fewer questions you had. The more answers you seemed to find.

That might be true. The longer we’re alive, the more we learn and know. Sometimes the questions dry up.

A child on a Dell laptop stopping to ask a question

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Trouble arises when we begin to lose the desire to ask questions. Questions are a key to learning and growing.

And leaders are always looking to grow.

Today, I want to encourage you to ask questions. They can be silly questions, serious questions, or questions you just want to know the answer to.

Ask Questions

As children, we asked questions because we wanted to know the answer. We knew the more questions we asked, the more we’d learn.

  • Why is the grass green?
  • How did we come to be?