It’s hard to believe that Christmas is just around the corner. We’re mere weeks away from that wonderful time of the year when we remember the birth of Jesus Christ (we know it’s not the ACTUAL date of Christ).
In all the holiday hubbub, we can forget to continue developing ourselves. From the Christmas parties to the buying of presents to the trips we all take, our personal development can be left behind.
Let’s not let that happen this year.
As is customary, my last post for the month will be a list of great leadership books to consider reading. These books will not only help you become a better leader, they will make you think differently.
5 Leadership Books To Read In December 2023
With lots of research and personal experience, Yosi Armam explores what it means to be spiritually intelligent. In his newest book, Spiritually Intelligent, Yosi explores the facets of purpose, compassion, integrity, presence, humility, and joy.
These are traits that every leader needs. More importantly, these are traits and skills every leader needs to develop.
Did you know that there are 7 common blind spots every person faces? The blind spots will affect both your personal and professional life. Maria Murray dives deep into the arena of blind spots in her excellent book.
Murray will help you overcome your blind spots, see them as something more than just a weakness, and transform your way of thinking. Open your eyes to your weaknesses so you can overcome them.
Whether you were tossed into the role of a leader or you chose to step into it, you may wonder why you decided to do so and what do you do next as a leader. It’s okay. We all come to this point at some time or another. The thing is, you’ve got to figure out what to do next.
Dr. Richard Winters uses proven case studies to help the reader understand their role in taking the next step forward. You don’t have to be stuck. You can be decisive, firm, and gentle all while moving yourself and the organization forward.
4. Develop Your Leadership Superpowers: 50 Key Skills You Need to Succeed as a Leader by Dietmar Sternad and Eva Kobin:
This is a great read and a great gift for any leader in your life. Dietmar Sternad and Eva Kobin cut through the fluff and give you 50 practical and key skills you will need to be able to lead well.
As you read Develop Your Leadership Superpowers, you will see two things: The first is that you already have a lot of the skills needed to be a great leader. The second is that you still need to do a lot of growing.
This book can be the roadmap to your leadership skill development pathway. Use it to check in on what you’ve already accomplished and then to see what you need to do next.
5. Leadership by Choice: Increasing Influence and Effectiveness through Self-Management by Eric Papp:
A wishy-washy leader is a hard leader to follow. What is a wishy-washy leader? He’s someone who is unable to make a decision. He wavers when he has to decide on the next action steps to take.
In his book Leadership By Choice, Eric Papp explores how to become more decisive and how that will change the way you lead. He gives you plenty of actionable strategies to get you to the point where your decisions are more nuanced and well thought out.