8 Essential Books You Need to Read on Personal Leadership and Influencing

Leading others effectively begins with leading yourself.

Here is a list of my eight favourite books related to personal leadership and influence. Each of these leadership books has played a significant role in my development and success. If you want to make a serious investment in yourself, why not slow read (or re-read) one of the below?



  • Extreme Ownership - Jocko Willink & Leif Babin. The best leadership book I've read in decades.



  • Mindset - Carol Dweck. An excellent book on the power of mindset.



  • Man's Search for Meaning - Viktor Frankl. This self-leadership book is about the gap between stimulus and response. We have the power to choose our response.


  • Influence - Robert Cialdini. The most famous book on the skill of influencing others, and for a good reason.


  • Who Moved My Cheese - Spencer Johnson. A simple and powerful story about how to deal effectively with change.


  • The Inner Game of Tennis - W. Timothy Gallwey. Great book on how the judgemental ego-mind gets in our way, and what to do about it.




Those are the top 8 leadership books that I've read over and over again. What's the best book you've read that has helped you lead yourself and others better?

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