Best Leadership Books of All Time That You Must Read

Best Leadership Books of All Time That You Must Read

To inspire or add to your own reading lists, we’ve made a list of best leadership books on the market. Let us know what other titles you would add to this list!

To be clear, these are books that have been uniquely useful to me in my leadership journey. To learn more about my thoughts and experiences with all of my favorite leadership books, visit our Books page.

Here is s list of best leadership books of all time: 



How to Have Confidence and Power in Dealing with People

 How to Have Confidence and Power in Dealing With People explains how to interact with others as they really are, not as you would like them to be. The goal is to get what you want from them successfully – be it cooperation, goodwill, love or security. 

 Leslie Giblin, an expert in human relations, offers a step-by-step approach to managing relationships in a win-win fashion.

Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage

Endurance is the tale of one of the most traumatic seafaring adventures gone wrong.

Through diary entries and personal interviews, Alfred Lansing scrupulously compiled the account of polar explorer Ernest Shackleton’s incredible survival for over a year on the Arctic seas, leading his sailors back to safety.

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

“Some of the key concepts discerned in the study,” comments Jim Collins, “fly in the face of our modern business culture and will, quite frankly, upset some people.”

Perhaps, but who can afford to ignore these findings?

Jim Collins identifies distinguishing business characteristics and leadership skills needed to bring long-term success.

The Emperor's Handbook: A New Translation of The Meditations

In the tradition of The Art of Living and Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations—a practical book of timeless advice from one of the most powerful individuals in history—available for the first time in a highly accessible translation, including several unique features for contemporary readers and users of daily wisdom guides.

“A must read for business leaders. This is a fantastic achievement.” – Steve Forbes, CEO of Forbes

“All of us today would do well to take counsel from Marcus Aurelius.” – Admiral Stansfield Turner, former director of the CIA

Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies

“What makes the truly exceptional companies different from the comparison companies and what were the common practices these enduringly great companies followed throughout their history?” CEO Jeff Bezos told Fast Company that Built to Last is his favorite business book.

Primal Leadership: Learning to Lead with Emotional Intelligence

The best leaders, they show, have “resonance”–a powerful ability to drive emotions in a positive direction to get results–and can fluidly interchange among a variety of leadership styles as the situation demands. Groundbreaking and timely, this book reveals the new requirements of successful leadership.

This idea of emotional intelligence has largely changed the way people think about what it means to be smart.

Developing the Leader Within You

Developing the Leader Within You is Dr. Maxwell’s first and most enduring leadership book, having sold more than one million copies.

You will learn:

The True Definition of Leader. “Leadership is influence. That’s it. Nothing more; nothing less.”

Wooden on Leadership: How to Create a Winning Organization

Wall Street Journal Bestseller

A compelling look inside the mind and powerful leadership methods of America’s coaching legend, John Wooden

“Team spirit, loyalty, enthusiasm, determination. . . . Acquire and keep these traits and success should follow.”
–Coach John Wooden

Praise for Wooden on Leadership:

“What an all-encompassing Pyramid of Success for leadership! Coach Wooden’s moral authority and brilliant definition of success encompass all of life. How I admire his life’s work and concept of what it really means to win!”

-Stephen R. Covey, author, The 7 Habits of Highly Successful People and The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness

Wooden On Leadership offers valuable lessons no matter what your endeavor. ‘Competitive Greatness’ is our goal and that of any successful organization. Coach Wooden’s Pyramid of Success is where it all starts.”
-Jim Sinegal, president & CEO, Costco

Former Medtronic CEO Bill George and coauthor Peter Sims explain how to become an authentic leader by obeying your internal compass.

Based on interviews with 125 of today’s top leaders, True North includes a comprehensive personal leadership development program centered on principles of authenticity.

How To Win Friends and Influence People

In one of the most recognized motivational books in history, Dale Carnegie’s proven advice for effective communication and interaction leaves people feeling valued rather than manipulated.

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