‘Leaders are born rather than made.’ Some might agree with this statement, holding up Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerburg, or Bill Gates as a model.

They all are introverts, but still leaders whose shoes we’d love to be in.

They all had to overcome their introversion somehow to become those strong personalities we all know today.

Isn’t it a sign that one needs to develop some habits and leadership skills to truly reach goals and achieve success?

Reading can help here.

It’s an essential skill shown to reduce stress, improving emotional intelligence, communication, and organizational effectiveness. Aren’t these requirements every effective leader should meet?

Okay, reading is significant. Everyone reads. One reads for pleasure, another one reads to write better, and someone reads to learn bizarre facts and get motivation.

That’s well said, but what should you read to become a leader?

Start with these ten books.

1. ‘Leadership from the Inside Out’ by Kevin Cashman

“Effective leaders buffer their teams and organizations from the stress of change by managing, neutralizing, and/or transcending their own stress.”

This book is about personal growth behind leadership and business theory. Based on case studies, strategies, and research, it shares leadership principles for everyone to acquire.

It will become your excellent guide in the world of leaders, and it will inspire you to act.

2. ‘The Truth About Leadership’ by James M. Kouzes, Barry Z. Posner

“Leadership is an affair of the heart.”

Thirty years of research turned into the book about trust, ethics, and credibility of effective leadership. To reveal the most significant things for every leader to keep in mind, make sure to read this book.

3.  ‘The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People’ by Steven R. Covey

“But until a person can say deeply and honestly, “I am what I am today because of the choices I made yesterday,” that person cannot say, “I choose otherwise.”

Essential for every leader, this book is about personal development focusing at powerful life and business changes. The author shares research-driven advice on becoming a strong personality with effective habits and life principles.

Find the book here.

4. ‘On Becoming a Leader’ by Warren Bennis

“If knowing yourself and being yourself were as easy to do as to talk about, there wouldn’t be nearly so many people walking around in borrowed postures, spouting secondhand ideas, trying desperately to fit in rather than to stand out.”

An expert on leadership, Warren Bennis shares insights on why leaders are rather made than born (remember the intro of this post?). You’ll know research-based qualities and elements that define leaders, learning how to apply them and become a better leader yourself.

5. ‘How to Win Friends and Influence People’ by Dale Carnegie

“You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.”

The classics, this book teaches powerful lessons on leadership and dealing with people. Yes, even if those people are the worst persons you ever met in your life.

6.  ‘Primal Leadership’ by Daniel Goleman

“Today, as leaders are called on to build their companies by creating the future rather than investing in the past, vision matters more than ever. Vision requires what looks like to others a leap of faith; the ability to go beyond the data and to make a smart guess.”

Learn how to deal with people through understanding and empathy. The book concentrates on emotional intelligence and its power for influencing others, sharing neuroscience insights to how to lead others.

7. ‘The Leader Who Had No Title’ by Robin Sharma

“What the society thinks is of no interest to me. All that’s important is how I see myself. I know who I am. I know the value of my work.”

Empathy, modesty, consideration. The Leader Who Had No Title reveals significant qualities for every leader to obtain. They are what leads us to success in business and life, and they are what makes you confident with those you lead.

8. ‘The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership’ by John C. Maxwell

“Leadership is not about titles, positions or flowcharts. It is about one life influencing another.”

Follow these laws for others to follow you. All 21 are easy to understand and apply. They are powerful principles that make us actionable and ready to accept the role of a leader, developing necessary qualities and modern leadership thinking.

9. ‘Leaders Eat Last’ by Simon Sinek

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”

Read this book to understand why some teams pull together and others don’t. Find out how to inspire your team to trust you, go to work, love their pastime there, and return home happy and fulfilled.

Find the book here.

10. ‘Leadership Without Easy Answers’ by Ronald Heifetz

“To survive and succeed in exercising leadership, you must work as closely with your opponents as you do with your supporters.”

Leadership Without Easy Answers is your choice if you are a leader who has to make hard decisions and needs strategies for doing that effectively.

The author shares the results of his long-term research on leaders in teaching, business, and politics, translating them into clear steps for those wanting to develop leadership.

Which one will you read first? Or, which ones have you read already? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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Hugh Beaulac is a brainiac, bookworm, and math fan behind MC2.Bid4Papers blog. He reveals inspiring facts about STEM disciplines, and wants young leaders to understand how exciting the learning process might be.