The 8 best leadership books to read in 2018

Do you sometimes doubt whether you're ready for a more senior position that requires extensive leadership experience?

If so, you aren't alone. The most common concern I hear most of my clients make is "Though I know I want to be a leader, I'm afraid I'm not experienced enough to be good at it."

They're shut down and feel like an imposter in decision making meetings and are scared of failing when they put themselves forward for leadership positions.


When I see them in doubt, I want them to know being a "good" leader isn't so much about having years of experience.

There are tons of managers, some of whom you've worked with, that have years experience but make you feel like crap and don't lead the team effectively.

Rather, good leadership relies on your character and the way you behave. It's sort of like being a "good" wife or husband.

Let's be real, when you're newly married, nobody starts knowing how to be a "good" partner.

If you were raised by both parents and saw your parents stay in love, you'll have perhaps learned a few things to do and to avoid. For example, "cheating on your partner" is an obvious no no. And you're more likely to believe in marriage till death do us part.

But if you've been raised with divorced parents who fought or cheated on each other, you may repeat the same behaviour because it's somewhat "normal" to you. Often children of divorced parents don't believe in marriage because they haven't seen a marriage end in happily ever after.


Leadership is sort of like this. You'll by default inherit what you've been (or not been exposed to). 

And the only way for you to be a good leader, is to learn what makes for a good leader. Even if you make mistakes, this understanding will be your north star.


Here are 8 leaderships books I recommend my clients read in 2018 to learn and develop the top qualities of a good leader. 


A Book on Leading Yourself

Before you can lead someone else, your team, your company or a community, you must first be able to lead yourself. 



Man's Search for Meaning

There are only a handful of books that have permanently changed the way my clients view the world and the way they lead and this is one of those rare books.

Viktor Frankl shares his experiences as a holocaust concentration camp survivor. When his inmates were dying, he found a purpose to stay alive and feel positively about life. He wrote “Those who have a 'why' to live, can bear with almost any 'how'.”

You will be inspired to find your sense of purpose, no matter how difficult work or life is.

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Emotional Intelligence 2.0 by travis bradberry

If you sometimes feel you haven't reacted well to a situation at work, this book is definitely for you.

Our emotions drive our behaviour more than rational thinking. And yet we've never been taught how to manage our emotions and improve our reactions to certain situations. Travis Bradberry explains that learning how to manage your emotions, helps you become more assertive, manage stress and you'll be a better leader.

90% of the top performers at work are extremely good at recognising and managing their emotions. To learn more about this, watch the short video below:

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Books on How to Inspire, Influence and Lead People

Start with Why by simon sinek

This book teaches you how to inspire people to listen and work with you, even when you're not the most senior person in the room. 

Simon Sinek reveals people are more likely to collaborate with you if they know why you are asking for their help and support.

He's done a really great Ted Talk on this which has over 4 million views. To save you time, I've found a shortened version of it.

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How to Win Friends and Influence People

When I started working in the city I was really shy. To be honest I still am.

I've felt awkward at networking events. I get nervous about making new friends. And for a long time, I didn't know how to influence people at work.

Dale Carnegie's book changed everything for me.

This book teaches you how to make friends quickly and easily, how to be a better speaker and conversationalist, how to win people to your way of thinking and how to increase your prestige.

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DRIVE: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

This book may shake any old and traditional beliefs you have around leadership.

Daniel Pink teaches that people aren't motivated by external desires such as money or a fear of being punished. Instead they are motivated by internal desires such as autonomy, mastery, and purpose.

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Books on how to act like a leader (even when you don't feel confident)


Brave Leadership

Wherever you are in your leadership journey—new, seasoned, young, or old—if you aspire to be the best leader you can be, then this book is for you.

Kimberly Davis helps you uncover your barriers to being brave, escape overwhelm and frustration and learn to manage stress and anxiety.

You'll learn how to prepare for high-stakes meetings and conversations, become influential and get the results you need.

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The Confidence Code

This book is a must read for all women at work.

Katty Kay and Claire Shipman changed my perspective on how to be confident when you're a minority at work.

They provide a mind blowing guide on what confidence looks like for women of all ages and at all stages of their career.

Combining the latest research in genetics, gender, behaviour and mindset, they offer practical advice on what women need to do to close the pay gap and achieve the careers they want.

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Act Like a Leader, Think Like a Leader

If you'd love to lead but find yourself busy executing on today's demands, this book is for you.

You know you have to carve out time from your day job to build your leadership skills, but so far you haven't found a way to make it work.

Herminia Ibarra shows how managers and executives at all levels can make small but crucial changes in their jobs, their networks, and themselves to become better leaders.

She helps you redefine your job in order to make more strategic contributions; Diversify your network so that you connect to, and learn from, a bigger range of stakeholders; Become more playful with your self-concept, allowing your familiar and possibly outdated leadership style to evolve.

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I would love to know what you think about these books.

Have you read any of them and learned anything valuable? Are there any other leadership books you've found extremely valuable that I haven't mentioned? Let me know by leaving a comment below