These 5 books will help you become a better leader and teach you skills on how to be more decisive, manage better, develop stronger relationships and more.

Learning about leadership and how to develop your leadership skills can help you improve your life. No matter what your job or life goals, learning how to become a better leader can impact your productivity, motivation, decision making and even your happiness. Whether you’re looking to lead a company, group, sports team or small business, leadership is a skill everyone can benefit from.  

5 Books That Will Make You a Better Leader

January 4, 2017

These 5 books will help you become a better leader and teach you skills on how to be more decisive, manage better, develop stronger relationships and more.

Learning about leadership and how to develop your leadership skills can help you improve your life. No matter what your job or life goals, learning how to become a better leader can impact your productivity, motivation, decision making and even your happiness. Whether you’re looking to lead a company, group, sports team or small business, leadership is a skill everyone can benefit from.

We’ve scoured through lots of leadership books to bring you 5 books that will make you a better leader. Check out one or all of these books from your local library to learn all about leadership and ways you can utilize your skills.

1. First, Break All the Rules


Authors: Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman

Discover how breaking a few "rules" can lead to better happiness at work.Through interviews, case studies, statistics and diagrams, this book breaks down some of the long-standing questions of the workplace. How do you make employees stay long-term? Should all employees be treated the same? What’s the best way to manage? This book will lead you on a journey through different management and leadership styles, teaching you that not all situations and people are the same.

Reason it’s a must read: Find out why it’s so important to get to know your coworkers on a personal level and manage people differently. You’ll soon realize how much better the work environment can be if you start breaking a few rules.

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2. Decisive



Authors: Chip & Dan Heath

Learn how to make better decisions based on a simple four-step process.

Want to learn how to make better and smarter decisions? Add this book to your reading list. It’s proven that we often times make decisions based on our emotions, personal ideas and life experiences. Find out how to overcome your inherent biases with an effective yet simple four-step process. You’ll soon begin to make better choices and decisions.

Reason it’s a must read: If you’re indecisive or feel that you often don’t know how to make a decision, this will help you learn how. This research-based book is filled with thought-provoking ideas and tactical tips on making better decisions.

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3. Rework



Authors: Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson

Rework will show you multiple ways to approach leadership and business, none of which are traditional or textbook. Are you a freelancer, starving artist, budding entrepreneur or recent business school grad? Described as the “perfect playbook for anyone who’s ever dreamed of doing it on their own”, this book will open your eyes to very different ways of thinking about business and leadership. It's written by the creators of project-management tool Basecamp and the web application framework Ruby on Rails.

Reason it’s a must read: Want to make it happen? Forget traditional thinking, and find a “better, faster and easier way to succeed in business.” If you’re intrigued by finding different routes to success, this will be perfect for you.

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4. Now, Discover Your Strengths



Authors: Marcus Buckingham and Donald Clifton

Learn how to develop your strengths and the strengths of your coworkers for a happier and more productive workplace.Forget overcoming weaknesses—learn how to harness your strengths! This book will dive into the 34 dominant “themes” of human strengths and help you realize how to optimize your strengths while understanding how to work with others. A great read if you’re interested in how to better understand and relate to your coworkers. Unlock the secrets of how to motivate people with their strengths.

Reason it’s a must read: You’ll learn how to get more done by allowing people to improve upon their natural strengths and how strengths affect your coworkers’ drive and motivation.

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5. Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don't




Author: Jim Collins

Learn how some of the world's top companies have gone from good to great and stayed that way for 15+ years.This classic compiles years of research to figure out the differences between good companies and great ones. You’ll learn why some companies make the leap and others don’t and how to transform a business from the inside out.

Reason it’s a must read: 15 years of tracking top companies gives this book tried-and-true data on why and how companies succeed. Learn what makes a company go from good to great and how to instill it in your company, employees, coworkers, and most importantly: yourself.

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With the information provided in these books, you’ll discover endless possibilities on how to improve your leadership skills. You might also find ways to make your work or home environment happier, healthier and more productive.

Have a favorite leadership book?  Tell us in a comment below.

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