The top 5 books about Leadership

28th April 2017

The top 5 books about leadership

Reading is an essential and important life skill and a well-stocked bookshelf can be an asset to any business owner or manager.

There are more than a million business books currently in print and thousands more published every year – so they must be doing something right.

Hone your leadership skills with these top five leadership books from the best in the business world and beyond.


1. Getting more: How you can negotiate to succeed in work and life – Stuart Diamond

Whether it’s a business deal, chatting to friends or buying something, we are always negotiating.

In Getting More, Diamond debunks traditional negotiation strategies, suggesting that it is important to value the emotions and perceptions of the other party.

Revealing the secrets in getting more (whatever that means to you personally) in any negotiation, the book claims that “the conventional wisdom of power, logic and even win-win is based on ideas that are now more than 30 years old and capture only 25% of the potential value”.

Often described as “the world’s leading negotiator” Diamond advises the UN on how to make deals and his book has been used for employee training by Google.


2. First, break all the rules: What the world’s greatest managers do differently – Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman

This book accepts that the best managers break all the rules and explains why they do it. They don’t help people overcome their weaknesses and they don’t believe that everyone has unlimited potential. Instead, they play favourites and break the rules every day.

This book gives examples of how great, front-line managers select, motivate and develop employees, turning employees’ powers into performance.

It also teaches its readers to focus on their strengths to find the right fit for each employee – helping them develop what they are already skilled at.


3. Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action – Simon Sinek

Many entrepreneurs will have already seen his TED talk on the importance of knowing why we do the things we do and this book takes this concept to another level.

Looking at great leaders, from Martin Luther King to Steve Jobs, Sinek argues that they all “think, act and communicate in the same way – and it’s the complete opposite of what everyone else does.”

Examining the basis on which organisations are built, movements are led and people are inspired, Sinek believes that every success story starts with ‘why’.

Built on the idea that anyone can explain what they do and in most cases how they do it, the book hones in on the fact that not many people can articulate why they do it.


4. Grit to Great: How Perseverance, Passion and Pluck take you from Ordinary to Extraordinary – Linda Kaplan Thaler and Robin Koval

With a narrative from the front line of business, this book teaches readers how to turn potential into performance.

The book’s essence is that people make their own luck and that it’s not just people who are simply gifted or well-connected who succeed. Instead, the secret to many people’s success (including the authors’) is the power of perseverance, passion and working incredibly hard work.

In this book the authors, Linda Kaplan Thaler and Robin Koval, tell the stories of how they came from nothing but had the drive to succeed and rose to the top of the advertising world.

The authors urge readers not to give up when times get tough, and to be resilient and optimistic.


5. How to Win Friends and Influence People – Dale Carnegie

With sales of more than 16 million worldwide, How to Win Friends and Influence People is perhaps the most iconic leadership book of all time.

With its practical advice and techniques, this guide to navigating life’s social challenges has been used by business owners and the general public alike.

Giving readers advice on how to make friends, gain respect and persuade those sceptical of your ideas, his advice can be readily transferred to the business world, helping people win clients and customers, become better speakers and boost enthusiasm among the workforce.


By Melanie Luff, Online Journalist for, the market-leading directory of business opportunities from Dynamis. Melanie writes for all titles in the Dynamis Stable including and

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