Reading is a great way to increase your knowledge through the experiences of others. It’s why every month I bring you a list of great leadership and personal development books to help you grow and become the leader you desire.
This month is no different.
Are you ready for July? It’s typically a month of vacations and traveling for many. If that’s you, don’t neglect your personal development. This month’s list of books is great.
5 Leadership Books To Read In July 2023
1. Lead Like It Matters to God: Values-Driven Leadership in a Success-Driven World by Richard Stearns:
Richard Stearns was the CEO of World Vision, an organization near and dear to my heart as they bring clean water to those who lack it. In his book, Lead Like It Matters To God, Stearns recounts his journey from President of Parker Brothers and Lennox (you remember the crystal company, right?) to joining the non-profit World Vision upon God’s calling.
Stearns shares the leadership lessons he’s learned along the way and during his time at World Vision. It’s a powerful book that will make you think of significance over success.
2. The Art of Active Listening: How People at Work Feel Heard, Valued, and Understood by Heather R. Younger:
We do a lot of communicating, actually more like talking, as leaders. We feed information to others and expect them to respond. Sometimes, we think they should feel valued just for listening to us.
That’s not how we make people feel valued. To make people feel valued, you have to listen. Actively listen.
In her book The Art Of Active Listening, Heather R. Younger helps readers understand how to actively listen. She gives readers a 5-step framework that will make you a better listener and leader.
Leading through change and crisis is difficult. Many leaders lose their cool or quit during the difficult times. The best leaders, they persevere through challenges.
More than that, they maintain grace under pressure.
In his book Grace Under Pressure, John Baldoni explores the themes related to getting through change and crisis. They include fear and loss, empathy, resilience, and hope.
A second book about crisis on this month’s list? Yes, because crisis is what leaders do.
Andrew Limouris explores how companies can make it through crisis. He’s experienced this at Medix during the COVID-19 crisis. The leadership team floundered but they were given rescue by a somewhat unexpected group: their team.
Learn how Medix survived and why culture matters in this book. It’ll change your thinking about your organization and culture.
5. Compassionate Accountability: How Leaders Build Connection and Get Results by Nate Regier with a foreword by Marshall Goldsmith:
When you think of the marketplace, do you think of compassion? Probably not. Most leaders don’t. They think leadership doesn’t require compassion.
But leadership does.
With compassion, things go much smoother. You’re able to lead and manage better.
That’s why Nate Regier wrote Compassionate Accountability.
Organizations become toxic when they pick accountability over compassion. It doesn’t have to be that way. You can have both.