Forward-thinking leaders cultivate workplace culture that drives innovation and productivity. Becoming that type of leader requires a deeper understanding of how to motivate others to succeed along with you, which comes from learning on your own time. Prepare yourself by reading books that will equip you to lead far into the future. Here are four business leadership books to read before 2020.
What Business Leadership Books Should You Read This Year?
1. Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us
Bestselling author Daniel Pink changes the way leaders look at motivation and clarifies what works and what doesn’t to create a productive workplace. Rather than trying to motivate employees through monetary rewards and recognition, he demonstrates how to facilitate opportunities for employees to attain autonomy, mastery and purpose – the three elements of true motivation – and how to put them into action. Pink shows how the secret to high performance and satisfaction is being able to direct our lives, learn and create, and do better for ourselves and the world.
2. Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap…and Others Don’t
Jim Collins reveals how companies can move from average results to highly desirable results. Along with his team, Collins identified companies that accelerated their path to reaching top-rated results and sustained them for at least 15 years, then compared them to businesses that remained with average results. He examines key determinants of why some companies become giants while others stop growing. Those determinants include blending personal humility with professional will, finding the right mix of professionals before determining which directions to move the company in, and how a series of good decisions well-executed results in breakthrough results.
3. The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else in Business
Patrick Lencioni shows how building a cohesive leadership team and creating, overcommunicating and reinforcing clarity help leaders attain sustainable success. He demonstrates how to achieve organizational health – defined by minimal politics and confusion, high degrees of morale and productivity, and low turnover among good employees – which should be the biggest goal of any company. Organizational health is a direct result of the company being whole, consistent and complete and when management, operations, strategy and culture fit together and make sense.
4. Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action
Simon Sinek’s unique perspective demonstrates why certain leaders and companies are more innovative, profitable and able to continuously repeat their success than others. The reason is that they ask why the company exists and use that to build an exceptional culture. Great leaders inspire others by putting the purpose before the process or product. They determine why people should care about the company, then use inspiration to show why the business is different from competitors and motivate people to work for the organization and/or buy its products.
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