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Every business, company, organization, and team needs a good strong leader; they are vital for success. While each leader is unique, there is one thing that is true of all leaders: they are continuously evolving and growing, which John F. Kennedy depicted when he said, “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” Leaders are constantly acquiring new knowledge to foster their leadership skills. A lot of their knowledge comes from lessons they learned during ‘real world’ situations, but that isn’t the only way leaders develop their skills. There are a variety of ways to improve as a business leader, such as attending executive development programs to gain insights on new leadership styles. Many well-known business leaders say reading helped make them a better leader and have shared an assortment of books they found beneficial too. Since there are so many books to choose from, we’ve narrowed it down to the five most common.

Leading Change by John Kotter

For this book, Kotter studied over 100 companies as they made changes to improve themselves and shares errors and oversights business leaders commonly made during the transition period which then leads him to identify the eight key steps he believes are necessary for change.

Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard by Chip and Dan Heath

Chip and Dan Heath highlight the importance of making people want to change instead of enforcing behavior change upon them.

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey

As the title states, this book is about seven habits of effective people, which Covey breaks-down into three categories: independence, interdependence, and continuous improvement.

Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap…and Others Don’t by Jim Collins

Collins wanted to know how good companies turn into great companies and what traits the business leaders of these companies have.

Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel H. Pink

In Drive, Pink explains how people are now motivated by autonomy, mastery and purpose instead of rewards and fear of punishment.

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