Leadership Books to Read in 2021

Is one of your New Year’s Resolutions to be a better leader for your team? Marquee Staffing is here to help- here are ten of our must-read recommendations!


1. Extreme Ownership

Extreme Ownership” is written by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin, two U.S. Navy SEAL officers who apply their leadership principles from the battlefield to everyday life. The book offers powerful and practical tips to help leaders succeed in any circumstances.


2. The Coaching Habit

The Coaching Habit” by Michael Bungay Stainer is a must-read for anyone who wants to figure out how to unlock their team’s potential. It showcases how leaders can say less and do more to help a team achieve unprecedented results.


3. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen R. Covey offers a step-by-step guide to help leaders maximize their effectiveness. Once leaders learn the habits outlined by Covey, they will be well-equipped to overcome any personal or professional roadblocks that come their way.


4. Leaders Eat Last

Leaders Eat Last” offers leadership insights from Simon Sinek, an “unshakable optimist.” The book helps leaders understand why cynicism, paranoia, and self-interest have no place in today’s business world, and it provides tips to help leaders eliminate these issues.


5. Good to Great

Good to Great” by Jim Collins provides a comprehensive management study from the 1990s. It highlights the key attributes that helped some companies thrive during the 1990s — and characteristics that led to the downfall of other businesses from the period. In doing so, the book gives leaders insights they can apply to their businesses now and in the future.


6. How to Win Friends and Influence People

How to Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie provides time-tested guidance to help leaders get buy-in from employees and customers. The book offers details to help leaders drive continuous self-improvement and gain the support they need to optimize productivity and efficiency at all levels of an organization.


7. Lean In

Lean In” by Sheryl Sandberg explores the idea that women sometimes unintentionally hold themselves back in their careers and how to avoid this issue. In her book, Sandberg offers advice on negotiation techniques, mentorship, and building a satisfying career, and how men and women can support one another both at work and at home.


8. Measure What Matters

Measure What Matters” by John Doerr explores the growth of Google, Intel, and other technology companies. The book explains how these businesses used key performance indicators (KPIs) and other metrics to track their progress and accomplish their intended results — and why leaders at all types of businesses should do the same.


9. What Got You Here Won’t Get You There

What Got You Here Won’t Get You There” by Marshall Goldsmith is designed to help business pros look inside themselves and figure out what is holding them back. That way, these pros can adopt the habits of successful leaders and use these habits to grow their careers.


10. Dare to Lead

Dare to Lead” by Brené Brown explores the concept of “daring” leadership in detail. The book offers tips to help leaders operate with courage and encourage their peers to do the same.


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