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The Books That Helped Shaped My Leadership Style

Updated: Oct 22

I was very flattered to get the below email from a customer the other day:

I would like to compliment you on a great company culture. I am very envious of what you have been able to accomplish and I am hoping you can tell me about some of your programs. I aspire to have accompany culture like yours. Can you recommend some books or course to take or anything along those lines I would be very appreciative.

Being recognized for building a great, high-performing culture means so much to me. I was influenced by some incredible thinkers and leaders who have helped shape my worldview and leadership style.


Here is a short list of those books:

  1. The Extraordinary Leader (John Zenger and Joseph Folkman) on strength-based leadership and the competencies that mold great leaders.

  2. Drive by Dan Pink on what motivates the modern day employee.

  3. The Alliance by Reid Hoffman on how to create mutually beneficial “contracts” with your employees.

  4. Who by Geoff Smart and Randy Street on how to hire the right people.

  5. The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni on how to build great teams.

  6. The Charisma Myth by Olivia Fox Cabane on how to become more charismatic.

  7. The Hard Things About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz about the ups and downs of running a startup.

  8. Peak by Chip Conley on applying Maslow’s theories to the workplace.

  9. Work Rules! by Laszlo Bock on how to run HR like Google.

  10. The Practice of Management by Peter Drucker on management by goals and objectives.

I’d love to get your input. What books have helped you develop your leadership style?

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