Thursday, 3 October 2013

Books That Encourage Leadership Qualities

If you are keen on becoming a good leader, there must be plenty of books in your stock that talk of good leadership qualities. Such books are very different from the kind of novels we read on a daily basis that revolve around psychological thrillers, romance, mysteries, and so on. Leadership books help you achieve an insight to the challenges you face as a manager, as a leader.

Choosing on good books on leadership should start with Chip and Dan Heath, ‘Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work.’ This book is an excellent presentation of ways to improve decision making on everything, from personal to professional life. The Heather brothers talk about qualities like overconfidence, rudeness, etc. and their ill effects on the complete organization. The author has laid down the principles of perfect leadership in 4 simple steps. When you go through this book, you will be able to relate yourself with the real life stories that are given as examples. 


Next in line comes ‘The Decision Book: 50 Models for Strategic Thinking’ which is written by Mikal Krogerous and Roman Tsch├Ąppler. This book is enlightening for great decision making. It speaks of time management, delivering great response, settling colleague disputes, motivating your team, helping your team by telling their mistakes and solutions. You may also want to read ‘Playing to Win: How Strategy Really Works’ which is written by A.G. Lafley and Roger L. Martin. The authors through this book offer advice to leaders. What do you do when you are faced with negative perceptions of the public? This book tells you how leaders take on challenges and help their team with the winning aspiration. If you are searching for the capabilities a leader should have, this book is a must read for you.


‘Simpler: The Future of Government’ which is written by Cass Sunstein, who is the former administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. This book talks about the common steps any leader can take to be more effective. Good leaders are the ones who don’t impose requirements on their team, unless it is actually needed. If you want to be known as just and friendly leader, you must always be aware of the weaknesses of your team members, so that you can come up with effective solutions for the same. At the same time, it is important for you to keep the policies and guidelines of the company in mind at all times. After reading this publication, you will be able to rate yourself on the scale of leadership qualities. This is the best way to work upon your shortcomings.

There is also a new book that has been launched recently, known as ‘Leadership and the Art of Struggle: How Great Leaders Grow Through Challenges and Adversity’. This has been written by Steven Snyder, the former Microsoft executive. Unlike the other books that tell you about the qualities of a great leader, this book leads you through bad professional experiences. Comprised of 151 stories, the author has illustrated the value of hard work in creating true greatness.


About the Author:
Akif Ali is an educational consultant and a freelance writer writes articles about education, legal advice, rules and regulations and other topics that can help individuals learn more about Motivational topics and Leadership. In order to increase his knowledge about Leadership, he visits http://www.theunknownleader.com/ to know the essential aspects of leadership that can help individuals. You can ask him all your queries and questions about the fashion industry and hot trends. He loves receiving these questions and answers those promptly.
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