5 Leadership Books To Read In May 2024

Margaret Fuller once said:

Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.

Mary Ann Shaffer said:

That’s what I love about reading: one tiny thing will interest you in a book, and that tiny thing will lead you to another book, and another bit there will lead you onto a third book. It’s geometrically progressive–all with no end in sight, and for no other reason than sheer enjoyment.

Both of these people have one thing in common: They know the power a book has to change your life. 

Every book you pick up will open a door into the world of someone who has been there and done that. Their experiences are there for you to learn and grow from. So, what’s stopping you from picking up a great book?

Maybe you haven’t seen a great book recommendation. I’ll fix that in this post. Here are 5 great leadership books to read in the coming month. I hope you’ll consider picking one or more of these books up to change your leadership.

5 Books To Read In May 2024

1. Who Says Elephants Can’t Dance? Inside IBM’s Historic Turnaround by Louis V. Gerstner Jr.:

I picked up Who Says Elephants Can’t Dance through a special deal on Audible. Being in the IT world, I thought it would be a great book to learn more about IBM and the leadership tactics that have taken them to the top of the game.

Louis Gerstner shares how IBM had gone from a behometh to a struggling company ready for bankruptcy. That’s when Gerstner was brought into IBM. He was going to be the man to move the elephant.

Throughout Who Says Elephants Can’t Dance?, Gerstner shares the strategies and tactics he used to make IBM a great company to work for and buy from. Read this book to discover how you can move a big organization and right the ship.

Buy it here.

2. Hidden Genius: The secret ways of thinking that power the world’s most successful people by Polina Marinova Pompliano:

Polina Marinova Pompliano has studied some of the world’s most successful people. In Hidden Genius, she shares what she’s learned about them.

What makes someone successful? How does someone change their life? Are there problems that can’t be overcome?

Pompliano shares stories of successful people who have overcome all sorts of trials. Trials you’ve probably experienced as well.

Learn how successful people think about these situations and what you can do about them in your life.

Get it here.

3. Leadership Not by the Book: 12 Unconventional Principles to Drive Incredible Results by David Green:

Many people rely on conventional wisdom because it appears to work. But what if there was a better way to do business?

David Green, the founder of Hobby Lobby, believes there’s power in unconventional thinking. It’s one of the ways he’s worked on growing the Hobby Lobby business and why it thrives even in challenging economic times.

Discover why you shouldn’t lead by the book.

4. The Power of Discipline: How to Use Self Control and Mental Toughness to Achieve Your Goals by Daniel Walter:

It can be difficult to tackle the challenging tasks set before us. To do so requires us to build up resistance and mental toughness.

Daniel Walter, in The Power Of Discipline, shares how self-control and discipline can lead to a changed life. Walter’s strategies include the Navy SEALs’ secrets to self-discipline, changing our view of hard work to exciting work, how to add fuel to your motivation, and more.

Let’s get disciplined!

5. Stop Overthinking: 23 Techniques to Relieve Stress, Stop Negative Spirals, Declutter Your Mind, and Focus on the Present (The Path to Calm) by Nick Trenton:

Our minds are constantly going. There’s something to do, someone to see, or a deal to close. Our minds are full of those thoughts and more… more insidious thoughts that lead to worry, stress, and negative spirals.

Nick Trenton helps you tackle these thoughts to stop overthinking. It’s a helpful book that will help you break free from your mental prison.

Get the book today.

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