The desire to learn and commitment to change seems to be in direct proportion to the success in one’s life. Below is a list of our favourite books.
In the 21 Indispensable Qualities of Leadership, John C. Maxwell breaks down leadership qualities into easy to understand character qualities. Daily readings highlight twenty-one essential leadership qualities and include “Reflecting On It” and “Bringing It Home” sections that help readers integrate and apply each day’s material. The qualities described in the book include: character, charisma, commitment, communication, competence, courage, discernment, focus, generosity, initiative, listening, passion, positive attitude, problem-solving, relationships, responsibility, security, self-discipline, servanthood, teachability, and vision. This is a must-read for leaders in any position.
2. Now, Discover Your Strengths (Marcus Buckingham)
Unfortunately, most of us have little sense of our talents and strengths, much less the ability to build our lives around them. Instead, guided by our parents, by our teachers, by our managers, and by psychology’s fascination with pathology, we become experts in our weaknesses and spend our lives trying to repair these flaws, while our strengths lie dormant and neglected. Through his book, Marcus helps you discover your strengths and teaches you to play to them.
3. Five Patterns of Extraordinary Careers (James M. Citrin & Richard Smith)
Like weather systems and financial markets, careers contain patterns. What Citrin and Smith found from their research and extensive experience is that people with extraordinary careers are guided by five straightforward patterns that can be harnessed and used by everyone.
4. Who Moved My Cheese? (Spencer Johnson)
What book list would be complete without this enlightening and amusing story illustrates the vital importance of being able to deal with unexpected change.
5. 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Steven Covey
Stephen R. Covey’s book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, has been a top-seller for the simple reason that it ignores trends and pop psychology for proven principles of fairness, integrity, honesty, and human dignity. Some of the habits include: Being Proactive, Think Win/Win, Synergize and Begin with the End in Mind.
In this book , Michael Gelb draws upon history’s most revolutionary minds like Plato, Christopher Columbus, Charles Darwin and Mahatma Gandhi to help you unleash your own brilliance through fascinating biographies of ten geniuses, personal self-assessments and practical exercises.
7. The Pursuit of Wow! (Tom Peters)
Organized into more than 200 thought- and action-provoking elements – from the importance of clean trucks and bathrooms to conversations with entrepreneurs creating new markets – Tom Peters, bestselling management guru, offers a practical guide to impractical times, by showing you how to transform your life, work, company and future, by taking command and doing it now.
8. What Should I Do With My Life? (Po Bronson)
In What Should I Do with My Life? Po Bronson tells the inspirational true stories of people who have found the most meaningful answers to that great question. He also tells us that it is okay not to know what you want to do. That even the people we think are completely happy may not be. And that we make our own happiness.
9. Rhinoceros Success (Scott Alexander)
The book is all about leading, and how sometimes you have to do the unpopular to make a difference and stand out as a leader. There is something dangerous about this book. Something big. Something full of power, energy and force of will. It could be about you. You could become three tons of thick-skinned, snorting hard-charging rhinoceros. It is time to go get the life you want. Be a rhino!
10. Advanced Rhinocerology (Scott Alexander)
A nice sequel to Rhinocerous Success that you will also enjoy and is required reading for all rhinoceroses. It includes such hard-hitting chapters as: The Hunt, Quit you Job, Don’t be a Cow, It’s a jungle out there, Meet your Safari Guide, The Free Enterprise Game, An Entrepreneurial Safari, The Rhinocerotic Revolution and Jungle Education. These are just some of the more popular self improvement books you can check out whenever you want answers to questions you have been keeping inside for too long.