Being a great leader is no easy task. Leadership development strategies and models can help give people the tools they need to better manage a team – including how to properly give feedback to your employees, become even more successful at your job, or growing your business further.
Need guidance? Look no further. Here are five books to help you become a better leader!
Start with Why by Simon Sinek
First on our list is the groundbreaking book Start with Why by Simon Sinek. In Start with Why, Sinek explores the fundamental question of why some organizations succeed while others don’t. This opens the discussion on why successful companies and their employees are more inspired and more motivated to achieve their goals. Sinek believes that people don’t buy “What you do”, they buy “Why you do it”, which is why defining the company’s “Why” is so essential.
Check out our video summary below or read our blog post about Start with Why here.
What Got You Here, Won’t Get You There by Marshall Goldsmith
Our video on What Got You Here, Won’t Get You There by Marshall Goldsmith is the all-time most popular video on our channel. And it’s not hard to understand why. In the book, Marshall explores how successful people become even more successful and how behavior and interpersonal relations play a part in this. So, if you want to take your career and leadership to the next level, Goldsmith’s book is for you by helping you get from where you are now to where you want to go.
Watch our video about this great book right here or read our blog post.
The AID Model by Max Landsberg
Next on our list is The AID Model by Max Landsberg. An important aspect of being a leader is to give constructive feedback – both negative and positive – to your employees. And that is exactly what The AID Model can help you do. AID stands for Action, Impact, and Desired Outcome and helps you plan and structure your feedback, ensuring that your employees are getting effective feedback from you, so that they always performing at their best abilities. The AID Model also helps to avoid clashing between different personality types at work.
Watch our summary video on the The AID model below or read our blog post about the book here.
Leading Change by John P. Kotter
More than 20 years after its first publication, John P. Kotter’s 8-Step Change Model presented in his famous book Leading Change is as relevant as ever. The model was cultivated from over four decades of Kotter’s observations of countless leaders and organizations as they were trying to transform or execute their strategies. He identified and extracted the success factors and combined them into a methodology, giving you the steps to succeed as well.
Be sure to check out our summary video on Leading Change below or read our blog post about the book here.
The Founder’s Mentality by Chris Zook and James Allen
Finally, there is Chris Zook and James Allen’s bestselling book called The Founders Mentality. Throughout the book, they investigate why profitable growth is so hard to achieve and sustain. Zook and Allen found that some companies manage to achieve sustainable growth without falling victim to the “Growth Paradox” (growth creates complexity, and complexity is the silent killer of growth) and that these companies all share “The Founder’s Mentality”.
Check out our video summary below or read our blog post about The Founder’s Mentality here.
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