“The task of leadership is not to put greatness into humanity, but to elicit it, for the greatness is already there.” — John Buchan
Leadership is the gift that keeps on giving.
My first leadership gift was Tony Robbins’ Personal Power audio program. My Dad gave it to me saying that it would help me learn from people faster, influence better, and make more impact.
And it did.
Leadership is a Journey of Influence and Impact
My second leadership gift from my Dad was Stephen Covey’s audiobook of The 7 Habits of Highly-Effective People. My Dad said that rather than instant success, success would be a journey, and that I could use principles to guide my leadership journey, as I find my own North Star.
Since then, I’ve invested in many, many leadership programs, and I’ll share some of my favorites with you.
Getting Started with Leadership Skills
Here are a few of my favorite leadership development programs to get started with building your leadership skills:
Lead the Field
Lead the Field, (Audio CDs), by Earl Nightingale, is a very simple program for changing your attitude.
Rather than think the grass is always greener somewhere else, you learn how to grow a greener field right under your feet.
It’s about leading from the inside out.
Personal Power II
Personal Power II: The Driving Force! (Audio CDs), by Tony Robbins, is the program that really taught me how to model success, be more resourceful, unleash more of what I’m capable of, and continuously improve key areas of my life.
The Leadership Challenge: How to Make Extraordinary Things Happen in Organizations (Book), by James Kouzes and Barry Posner, teaches you the 5 practices and the 10 commitments that build better leaders.
Learn how to Model the Way, Inspire a Shared Vision, Challenge the Process, Enable Others to Act, and Encourage the Heart.
Intermediate Leadership Skills
Here are a few of my favorite leadership programs to build a strong foundation for your leadership skills development:
How the Best Leaders Lead
How the Best Leaders Lead: Proven Secrets to Getting the Most Out of Yourself and Others (Book), by Brian Tracy, shows you how top executives and business owners achieve outstanding results.
Determine your idea leadership style for any situation, motivate people with the Three R’s, and build high-performance teams.
Jim Rohn’s Classic Collection
Jim Rohn Classic Collection (Audio CDs) is a timeless collection that teaches you some of the greatest success principles and recipes for success the world has ever known.
The CDs are a treasure-trove of Jim’s best lessons and life-changing ideas.
The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership
The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership: Follow Them and People Will Follow You(Book), by John Maxwell, shows you how to be a better leader through principles.
Learn the fundamentals of leadership including THE LAW OF THE LID, THE LAW OF INFLUENCE, THE LAW OF PROCESS, and more.
The Inner Edge
The Inner Edge: The 10 Practices of Personal Leadership (Book) by Joelle K. Jay, is perhaps one of the greatest deep dives into how you can use personal leadership to achieve more meaning in your work and create the life you want.
It’s a book about having it all in a sustainable and fulfilling way in work and life.
Advanced Leadership Skills
Here are a few of my favorite leadership development programs for advanced leadership skills development:
Creating Lasting Change
Creating Lasting Change: 7 Master Steps To Maximum Impact, by Tony Robbins, shows you how to influence the thoughts, feelings, and actions of others.
Whether you are leading yourself or others, at work or at home, it’s a 10-day program to teach you how to create massive change and to have lasting impact in your life and the lives of those around you.
Intelligent Leadership: What You Need to Know to Unlock Your Full Potential(Book), by John Mattone, is one of the deepest leadership and personal development books since Stephen Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, and Tony Robbins’Unlimited Power.
Mastering Influence, by Tony Robbins, is an advanced system to show you how to motivate and communicate more effectively.
Whether you are leading a team, increasing your sales, or simply talking with your kids, it’s a set of tools you can use to inspire others to operate at a higher level.
The 5 Levels of Leadership
The 5 Levels of Leadership: Proven Steps to Maximize Your Potential (Book), by John Maxwell, teaches you the 5 Levels of Leadership:
- People Development
The Power of Self-Paced Leadership Programs
I’m a fan of self-paced, and on my own. I love having the world’s best insight at my fingertips, whether through books or audios. In retrospect, I’m actually glad that I started with audiobooks.
While text is fast for scanning and makes it easy to go back through the information, audio has an advantage of voice. If you’ve ever heard Stephen Covey or Tony Robbins speak, you know what I mean.
Voice builds empathy.
When you hear a speaker talk about a topic that they know very well, their voice conveys empathy, and what to really focus on and pay attention to. This helps you prioritize information and to internalize it so you can apply it more effectively.
You’ll also replay their voice in your mind, when you need it most.
Whether you are giving yourself the gift of leadership, or as a gift for others, best wishes for more fruitful leadership journeys.