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Four Books Every Leader Should Read This Year

Because you are a leader who wants to move forward in your career, you need to be reading books that focus on leadership development. Defining what you and your teammates want from your careers and learning to properly lead people will help you and your employees find the success you desire.

“Brave Leadership: Unleash Your Most Confident, Authentic, and Powerful Self to Get the Results You Need” by Kimberly Davis

Brave Leadership by Kimberly Davis uses relatable stories and thought-provoking questions to show how being vulnerable helps you lead in your own authentic way. With a new generation of employees flooding the workforce, a new form of leadership is necessary to maximize both your impact and results. You will more effectively deal with emotions that result from today’s often-evolving business world and connect with what your teammates want, so they remain excited, creative and engaged at work.

“The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way You Lead Forever” by Michael Bungay Stanier

The Coaching Habit by Michael Bungay Stanier teaches leaders to coach by asking questions. Developing your questioning and listening skills increases your ability to help your team reach their full potential. Although there are instances where providing direct advice is appropriate, you typically should focus on engaging your staff through questions to encourage creativity and finding answers to problems. You learn to see things from different perspectives, better understand others and encourage independent problem solving.

“Radical Candor” by Kim Scott

Radical Candor by Kim Scott teaches how and when to give appropriate feedback to truly coach your team. They will enjoy working both individually and collaboratively and complete their best work on time. Being honest and direct about your team members’ performance shows you care about their professional development. Providing flexibility in work schedules during challenging times shows empathy for your employees. Pointing out what your teammates are doing well and how they can improve shows you want them to succeed. 

“High Performance Habits: How Extraordinary People Become That Way” by Brendon Burchard

High Performance Habits by Brendon Burchard helps you deliver on your most important daily tasks. By outlining and creating step-by-step habits, you learn to properly prepare for meetings, develop training programs and complete other activities that lead to career growth. You learn how to succeed at a quicker pace, maintain your success for a long period of time and find happiness in your life. You discover how to seek clarity, generate energy, perform with purpose and develop influence to produce greater output.

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