If you’re interested in learning about leadership, you’re in luck! There is a wealth of information out there for you to glean knowledge from.
It seems as if ever since people have been writing books, they have been writing about leadership, which is great to know because that allows us to have a great amount of human experience from which to learn from. Here are some of the greatest leadership books you can read.
The Art of War by Sun Tzu
Written by a Chinese military strategist around 5 BC, The Art of War is considered the world’s most influential book on strategy. Although it is most applicable in the military setting, this book holds indispensable lessons on leadership.
For the past 1500 years, The Art of War has influenced a countless number of leaders throughout many cultures. Read this book if you are interested in learning some of the great leadership strategies that history has to offer.
Anything that is recommended reading by all US military intelligence personnel is definitely worth a read if you’re interested in leadership and strategy.
How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
How to Win Friends and Influence People is considered the essential everyday man’s handbook on human relations and has been since its release in the 1930s. It was written by Dale Carnegie, who taught a public speaking course for adults. The book draws on the experiences of the author, the students in the class, as well as historical figures.
This is a fantastic book for all leaders to read. It places a lot of emphasis on exactly how to talk to people, especially in difficult situations. Carnegie skillfully distills the essence of human relations into this relatively small book, which has become a great classic.
The One Minute Manager by Kenneth Blanchard and Spencer Johnson
The One Minute Manager offers some original and highly effective techniques for managers. It is written with an emphasis on three distinct parts: setting one-minute goals, giving appreciation and praise for one minute, and issuing one-minute reprimands.
The whole idea is to get your subordinates to be in the best state possible, and to get the most done. This is a very practical book for managers of all kinds, from the office to the military.