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22 Books Every Future And Current Industry Leader Should Read

Being a leader is a challenging job, not many people can cope with it in the long run. If you are a current leader or want to become one, then these are the 22 best books to read.

Each of the books on this list is suggested by an industry expert.

#1 A Great Move by Katia Vlachos

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In 2017, there were 57 million expatriates worldwide. While the number of corporate expat assignments is growing steadily, these assignments are expensive and fail all too often for avoidable reasons. A Great Move is a coherent guide for expats on how to plan, from mental prep to the complexity of packing. Katia Vlachos captures all the elements of an expat assignment — from making the initial decision to move to addressing bigger issues, such as dealing with culture shock and anxiety.

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Contributors: Eva Lau from LID Publishing

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#2 Profitable Diversity by Anise Wiley-Little

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Profitable Diversity examines the intersection of diversity and business, a business practice that is often ignored despite the tremendous impact it has. An insightful look into diversity and inclusion from a personal, yet provocative, point of view—prompting us to give careful thought to how this often-missed opportunity drives results.

This book offers detailed strategies to learn more about the complexities of our similarities and differences, and discusses why they should matter to us personally, to our corporations and communities. Profitable Diversity looks at diversity today as an essential component for understanding and securing the future of our rapidly changing and evolving global society.

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Contributors: Anise Wiley-Little from Profitable Diversity

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  1. Awesome book! Diversity drives results and is profitable! A must read for all leaders and those with leadership aspirations. Very well written. -Star*

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#3 The Art & Craft of PR by Sandra Stahl

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Drawing on decades of experience in agency and corporate positions, and as an adjunct professor in the Branding + Integrated Communications graduate program at The City College of New York, Sandra Stahl has created a user’s manual of skills that distinguish PR as integral to meeting organizations’ needs and business challenges.

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Contributors: Eva Lau from LID Publishing

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#4 The Wealth Elite by Rainer Zitelmann

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Rainer Zitelmann provides fascinating insights into the minds of self-made entrepreneurs, detailing the correlations between specific personality traits, behavioral patterns, and financial success. The Wealth Elite is a captivating collection of responses about gut instinct, goal-setting, risk-taking, informal education, financial security, societal recognition, over-optimism, and crisis reaction.

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Contributors: Eva Lau from LID Publishing

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#5 Consulting Drucker by William Cohen

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Peter Drucker is the Father of Modern Management and the methods developed by Drucker remain highly relevant and continue to be used in many of today's organizations. As Drucker's first executive Ph.D. graduate, William Cohen reveals, in detail, Drucker's methods and ideas as a consultant.

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Contributors: Eva Lau from LID Publishing

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#6 Peter Drucker’s Way to the Top by William Cohen

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Peter Drucker is an icon of the business world and his methods are still used today in organizations all over the world. Drucker had uncovered principles of self-development that he put into practice himself – principles that enabled him to reach all of his life goals. This book examines the self-development methods that Drucker created and practiced – and offers vital and original lessons to anyone in business on how to accomplish any goal in any endeavor.

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Contributors: Eva Lau from LID Publishing

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#7 Purpose by Ben Renshaw

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Ben Renshaw provides a personal handbook for discovering and leading with purpose. In today's complex and unpredictable world, a personal purpose is the internal compass needed to unlock the necessary skillset to thrive in both business and life.

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Contributors: Eva Lau from LID Publishing

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#8 High Output Management by Andrew S. Grove

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I am fascinated by Intel's story and management prowess. Our company, Fresh Prints, relies on a sales force so it is imperative that we lead our teams effectively, efficiently, and humanly. This book is concise, clear and absorbable.

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Contributors: Jolijt Tamanaha from Fresh Prints

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#9 Eat That Frog By Brian Tracy

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If you do your job well, then you’ll know that it rarely feels like you have enough time to do everything you need to – there just aren’t enough hours in the day. However, the secret to being successful isn’t trying to clear your entire to-do list – it’s learning to focus on the most important tasks and doing them well.

This book might seem like a strange recommendation, but I know from experience that productivity is the mother of success! Eat that Frog has 21 different ways that you can improve your productivity, and while some of them might seem “obvious” at first glance, you’d be surprised how much you subconsciously work against yourself in terms of productivity. Being good at what you do is important, but it doesn’t mean much if you can’t do it efficiently.

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Contributors: Ross Davies from Strafe Creative

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#10 Start with Why by Simon Sinek

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Ask yourself: why do you do what you do? Why do you want to become an industry leader? Why do you want to succeed? Whatever your business, it doesn’t matter what you do, but why. Start with Why explores the framework needed for businesses to move past what they’re doing to focus instead on why they do it.

By analysing leaders like Martin Luther King Jr. and Steve Jobs, and showing how they focus on the why more than anything else. Asking these questions of your industry or business will make you more inventive, pioneering and successful, and help > you to move to the next level. Start with Why unpacks the idea of leadership and explores what it truly takes to lead and inspire, and truly become industry leaders.

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Contributors: Ross Davies from Strafe Creative

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#11 What Are Your Blind Spots? by Jim Haudan and Rich Berens

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Far too many business leaders are using outdated practices to engage and motivate their people―and they’re failing miserably. From Jim Haudan and Rich Berens, the author team that was focusing on workplace engagement before it was even a thing, comes a leadership book for the future. What Are Your Blind Spots? helps leaders scrutinize their approach to leadership and figure out personal “blind spots”―the areas where style and methods are hampering success. The book lists five key blind spots to watch out for:

  1. Lacking the confidence and belief to put purpose at the center of your business strategy
  2. Telling stories about your business that don’t resonate with those you lead
  3. Not engaging both people’s hearts and minds
  4. Relying too much on rules and processes to steer human thought and behavior
  5. Unknowingly creating a workplace culture where truth is rarely spoken

In the book, Jim and Rich provide a proven framework for developing a new approach to increase organizational innovation, productivity, and creativity, as people find real purpose in their work.

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Contributors: Aleassa Schambers from Root Inc.

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#12 The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz

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The one book I would recommend to future industry leaders is The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz. The focus of the book is on how to best solve problems which there is no formula for. In the book, Ben shares tremendous insights into the pivotal decisions he made during his time as both a successful founder and investor. While there isn't a recipe to make the perfect decision every time, the book gives readers valuable insights to help solve their most difficult problems.

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Contributors: R.J. Weiss from The Ways to Wealth

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#13 The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey

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The book I come back to time and again is The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Steven Covey. Time and again, I have gained wisdom from this book. The first time I read it, I was inspired by the paradigm shift, where Covey told me to stop seeing myself as a victim despite my current circumstances.

Now that I've had success in entrepreneurship, what resonates with me is the abundance mentality. I have an infinite resource of ideas, and I don't have to compete with anybody. There's literally room for all of us. I can't wait to read the book again and see what I gain.

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Contributors: Maryna Shkvorets from Public Speaking for Introverts

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#14 Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari

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This book will change everyone's ideas about humans, communication and where we came from as a species. It's important that we take the lessons we learned from the past to help us build the future.

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Contributors: Alex Dewey from People First

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#15 Tribes by Seth Godin

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Seth Godin sets a backdrop of mankind's need for community, and brilliantly points out this generations need - and fear - of community building. Tribes is a wake-up call to those 'sleepwalking' thinking they are doing their company, or their family, or themselves, good, by keeping a low profile. Godin speaks about our primal need to connect, and the disenfranchised feeling of so many waiting for connection.

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Contributors: Nate Masterson from Maple Holistics

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#16 Influence by Robert Cialdini

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Based on 35 years of research and a dedicated three-year study, Robert Cialdini has compiled six universal principles to the art of persuasion. Cialdini's research explores what motivates people to change their behaviors, informing the key elements of persuasion. Influence not only trains its reader in being influential but also how to safeguard themselves from other's influence. These skills will keep you goal oriented, allow you to understand how to turn a 'no' into a 'yes', and generally put you on the road to personal, and professional, success.

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Contributors: Nate Masterson from Maple Holistics

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#17 The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss

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My inspiration to start a location independent business with the 80/20 principal and automate as much as possible came from this book.

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Contributors: Kean Graham from MonetizeMore

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#18 Get Out of Your Own Way at Work… and Help Others Do the Same

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Though written by a psychiatrist (who later became an internationally-recognized organizational consultant and corporate trainer), this reasonably-short, easily digested book is a practical guide to help business leaders (as well as their supervisors and employees) overcome the self-sabotage that often blocks career advancement, business success, and overall satisfaction (both on and off the job). Real-life examples drawn from Dr. Goulston's consulting experience demonstrate how his clients have achieved success by following his advice.

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Contributors: Timothy G. Wiedman from Doane University

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#19 Navigating Chaos by Jeff Boss

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Ex navy seal, Jeff Boss, shares with his readers his personal experiences in unforgiving, volatile situations. Drawing from his naval experience he builds a landscape of changing conditions, unreliable risk factors, and minute by minute problem solving. The book draws strong parallels, through Boss' anecdotes, to the business world. Navigating Chaos teaches readers to find the calm in the storm of the business world; from a place of understanding we are able to assess, allowing us to make effective individual, and team strategies.

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Contributors: Nate Masterson from Maple Holistics

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#20 David & Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell

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Malcolm Gladwell illuminates the counter-intuitive advantage of being the under-dog. Via many impressive stories, it shows how it is very possible to exploit a weakness and turn it into a one-of-a-kind strength in the long term.

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Contributors: Kean Graham from MonetizeMore

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#21 The Art of Servant Leadership II by art Barter

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While gaining more awareness of late, servant leadership still is often misunderstood and even considered soft. In The Art of Servant Leadership II, Art Barter details the real-world turnaround he and his team made at Datron World Communications using servant leadership.

Within six years after Barter and his wife, Lori, purchased Datron in 2004, the company went from $10 million in annual sales to $200 million. (Datron is a manufacturer of radio communications equipment for military and security personnel, with customers around the world.) “Servant leadership is the most difficult thing I’ve ever had to do as a leader,” said Art Barter. “That’s because, with servant leadership, you’re asking people to change their behaviors, but you still have to get bottom-line results.”

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Contributors: Art Barter from Servant Leadership Organization

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#22 Transform Your Company by Alex Vorobieff

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In Transform Your Company: Escape Frustration, Align Your Business, and Get Your Life Back, Alex Vorobieff details for executives the critical steps and business alignment tools to transform their dysfunctional company while also eliminating the reason why many business concepts fail to produce results. It’s a practical approach to getting one’s organization aligned and everyone moving in the same direction.

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Contributors: Alex Vorobieff from The Vorobieff Company

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