There are a TON of books on Leadership.
And I’ve read a lot of them.
The problem with most leadership books is they are hard to apply. I’ve read 90% of John Maxwell’s books on leadership and while inspiring, they don’t offer actionable advice.
The most practical book on Leadership I’ve found is The Coaching Habit by Michael Bungay Stanier.
For a few reasons:
- Reason #1: The Coaching Habit is a book about questions. Leaders rise and fall on the size and strength of their questions. This book lays out a question asking strategy that any leader can apply.
- Reason #2: The core principle in the book is based on being helpful to others. This not a book about elevating yourself as a leader, but a book about how to lift others up.
- Reason #3: Each of the seven questions outlined in the book help the leader dig deeper into their teams needs and mindset. This is the single best way to understand your team. Most things are left unsaid on teams and these questions help you draw out the right information from your team.
If you are at all interested in leadership}, I can’t recommend this book enough.
(And if you’ve read it, do you agree? What other book would you recommend for beginners?)