Recommended Reading List

“Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.”

These words are no less true today than when first spoken by President Harry S. Truman in the 1940s. If you Google “reading habits of leaders” you will find a myriad of articles citing how Warren Buffet reads 500 pages a day, how Mark Cuban reads for 3 hours a day and Bill Gates reads 50 books a year. The link between reading and good leadership is one that is tried, true and tested throughout history. If you want to improve your leadership, one of the best ways is picking up a book.

Here’s our recommend list of top twenty titles to get you started.


Book Title Author
The Extraordinary Leader: Turning good managers into great leaders John H. Zenger & Joseph Folkman
Turn the Ship Around: A true story of turning followers into leaders L. David Marquet
Extreme Ownership: How US Navy Seals lead and win Jocko Wilink
21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership John C. Maxwell
Everyone Communicates, Few Connect: What the most effective people do differently John C. Maxwell
The Speed of Trust: The one thing that changes everything Stephen M.R. Covey
Leaders Eat Last: Why some teams pull together and others don’t Simon Sinek
Start With Why: How some leaders inspire everyone to take action Simon Sinek
The Coaching Habit: Say less, ask more and change the way you lead forever Michael Bungay Stanier
Great by Choice: Uncertainty, chaos and luck – Why some thrive despite them all Jim Collins and Morten T. Hansen
Team of Teams: New rules of engagement for a complex world General Stanley McChrystal


Book Title Author
Emotional Agility: Get unstuck, embrace change and thrive in work and life Susan David
Give and Take: Why helping others drives our success Adam Grant
Limitless: Upgrade your brain, learn anything faster and unlock your exceptional life Jim Kwik
Atomic Habits: An easy and proven way to build good habits and break bad ones James Clear
The Coddling of the American Mind: How good intentions and bad ideas are setting up a generation for failure Greg Lukianoff and Jonathon Haidt
The Righteous Mind: Why good people are divided by religion and politics Jonathon Haidt


Book Title Author
Never Split the Difference: Negotiating as if your life depended on it Chris Voss
Man’s Search for Meaning Viktor Frankl
Half Time: Moving from success to significance Bob Buford