Leadership Books List Updated with New Books and Categories


Leadership Books

“Lead me, follow me, or get out of my way.” — General George Patton

Leadership is not limited to role or position.

Leadership is a set of skills that anyone can benefit from. We lead ourselves first, and that’s how we lead others.

Categories for Leadership Books

I finished sweeping my Leadership Books list.  It took a while to update it, but I think it reflects a good set of leadership books by key categories now.  Here are the leadership book categories at a glance:

  • Top 10 Best Leadership Books
  • Getting Started
  • Attitude
  • Authenticity, Authentic Leadership
  • Change
  • Character
  • Communication
  • Daily
  • Development, Leadership Development
  • Effectiveness
  • Emotional Intelligence, Compassion, Heart, Empathy
  • Ethics
  • Excellence
  • Execution
  • Executive Presence
  • Failure, Setbacks
  • Influence, Rapport
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Leadership, Lessons in Leadership
  • Learning, Growth
  • Principles, Practices, Strategies, Tactics
  • Purpose, Passion, Motivation
  • Reflection, Inner-Engineering
  • Servant Leadership
  • Situational Leadership
  • Strengths
  • Strategy
  • Teamwork
  • Trust
  • Vision, Mission, Values

New Leadership Books Added to the List

I added a few new books to my leadership books list including The 5 Levels of Leadership, by John Maxwell, and StandOut, by Marcus Buckingham, which weren’t available when I first put my list of leadership books together.

I also added some books to the list based on feedback from different folks.  For example, I added 177 Mental Toughness Secrets of the World Class, by Steve Siebold, Executive Presence: The Art of Commanding Respect Like a CEO, by Harrison Monarth, and The Leadership Test, by Timothy Clark.

I also added 180 Climbing the Two Ladders to Inner Strength & Outer Freedom, by Rob White to the list of leadership books because I think it’s a great book on leadership from the inside out, and I’m a big believer that all leadership starts with self-leadership.

Give the Gift of Wisdom — Leadership Books Make Great Gifts

If you’re looking to give the gift of wisdom this holiday, then explore and enjoy the list of leadership books.

There is something for everyone among the art and science of leadership.

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  1. Fantastic list, my friend. I loved Marcus Buckingham’s “Now Go to Your Strengths” and look forward to checking out “Stand Out.” Also loved Strengths-Based-Leadership. One that has really done a lot for me was Malcolm Gladwell’s “Outliers: The Story of Success!” Also looking forward to Guy Kawasaki’s book!

  2. @ Bryan — Thank you.

    I’m a fan of playing to strengths and limiting liabilities. I think the trick is using strengths as a lens to know whether you are trending up or working against the grain, and missing out on other opportunities.

    Guy’s book is a great consolidation of a lot of timeless wisdom. I gave him feedback early on, and then he asked me to be a reviewer.

  3. Actually a very ingenuitive suggestion JD for a Christmas present that will make a true difference in people’s lives and not just be forgotten in a few days or weeks. A gift of a leadership book could be the spark for someone to embark on taking the lead in their own life and becoming a light to follow as a result. Like that, will recommend it too!!

  4. @ John — Books are such interesting presents. Especially, when it’s the right book, at the right time.

    I think books are similar to happiness vs. fulfillment. A book may not suddenly make you jump for joy in the moment, but in the long-run, the wisdom of the book may significantly help you play a better game in life.

  5. This is great JD.

    We have a book list as well and I recommend everyone do something similar. I love learning new things and hearing what others are reading so I can stay educated on what they like as well.

    I just got a new Kindle Fire so I’ll have to check out some of these books.


  6. @ Bryce — Thank you.

    I’m a fan of lists, and it’s great when everybody shares there lists.

    If you haven’t read Emotional Capitalists or The First 90 Days, they are gems, and I think you will really enjoy them.

  7. Hi JD .. I haven’t looked at the list – though the most important thing it is here for me browse and select new titles – and I know that the source is impeccable in his recommendations.

    Leadership is setting examples and being the best we can, while we learn and educate ourselves in intelligent ways, and remembering to be caring and compassionate to others.

    Thanks – I’ll be back ..

    Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and will have a great New year and 2012 .. cheers Hilary

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