Books on leadership are sold by the bucket loads. There’s plenty to choose from, but then how do you do the choosing?
There are 2 books I have found particularly helpful as a leader
by Bill George and Peter Sims
A book about leadership in general, with numerous examples from the life of acclaimed leaders, CEOs and businessmen.
by Dr. J. Robert Clinton
This focuses on leading as a ministry, on the different stages that a Christian leader goes through over a lifetime.
These are not books about shortcuts, quick tips and instant fixes. In the words of Bill George:
The starting point to growing as a leader – and as a person, too is to look at your story so far. In both books, we are encouraged to do some soul-searching: to go back to the families we’re from, to the experience we’ve had growing up, to the moments that have had an impact on us way before we even considered a leading position.
The leaders who make the most impact are not cookie-cut. They create their unique blend of experiences, skills and even weaknesses.
George and Clinton both emphasize the importance of a leader’s character. When you want to grow as a leader, it’s your character that needs most chiseling.
In Clinton’s words:
Have you noticed how the best books on leadership focus on character, on relationships, on values? It only makes sense: only a leader who knows who he is can rule over circumstances, rather than let them rule him.
There are other aspects both The Making of a Leader and True North look at: integrity, leading an integrated life, investing in others, leaving a legacy – all playing a part in the quality of your leadership.
Ending with this quote from True North:
If you’re a leader, both these books will prove a useful and invigorating read. You’re welcome to use the quotes for inspiration purposes, too. Let me know if you’d like them in bigger size – I have made them, so I can send them your way.
There are two must-reads in leadership literature: 7 Habbits of Highly Effective People, by Stephen Covey and 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, by John Maxwell. I have not read them yet, so putting them on my to-read list for next year.
Any books on leadership you’d recommend?