Top 82 books on leadership that every leader must read. Best books on leadership

Top 82 books on leadership to read if you want to become the President, Governor, Minister. Best books on leadership

Recommended by Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, Donald Trump, Nelson Mandela, Vladimir Putin, Angela Merkel, etc


The time has come for young generation of Africans to prepare for a change in leadership in Africa. We must get rid of the old corrupt ruling class and usher in young people to lead the African continent. Barack Obama was 47 years old when he became the president of the USA. Emmanuel Macron was 46 years old when he became the president of France. We must get ready to create a continent ruled by young people with fresh ideas. That's why I want to share this post with you today.

Fortunately, when it comes to leadership, your family background doesn't matter so much. Because experience has shown that anybody born in a particular country can become a Governor or Minister or even the head of state of that country without coming from a wealthy family background. It means that you too can become the president of your country one day. 

Again, it has little or nothing to do with your family background because many people from poor family background have sometimes become leaders or president of their country. This is why I want to introduce you to books on leadership, which you need to read to learn how to become a good leader. It's time we prepare for a change in leadership with new generation of leaders.

The books that I am about to show you were recommended by such leaders themselves in various countries, when journalists asked them the books that motivated them to become leaders. In this list, former US president, Bill Clinton recommended eight books, Donald Trump recommended three books, Barack Obama recommended ten books, Vladimir Putin recommended four books. There are many other past and present leaders from around the world who recommended one or two books.

Find below the top books on leadership to read if you want to become a leader, minister, governor or president of your country. Some of the books intertwine with how to  lead large multinational organizations. 

The books are not arranged in any particular order, so you may find the book you like on top or in the middle or at the bottom. Just right click any book to read the brief description and reviews from those who've already read it.

IMPORTANT: It doesn't matter what country in the world you come from, the following books are the greatest books on leadership and they're recommended for people from all over the world to read.

Let's go!

1. Meditations- Marcus Aurelius

2. Man’s Search for Meaning- Viktor Frank

3. The Alchemist: A Fable About Following Your Dream- Paulo Coelho

4. The Truth about Leadership: The No-fads, Heart-of-the-Matter Facts You Need to Know- James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner

5. Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don’t- Jim Collins

6. The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People- Steven R. Covey

7. Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose- Tony Hsieh

8. The Innovator's Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail (Management of Innovation and Change)- Clayton Christensen

9. Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us- Seth Godin

10. Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us- Daniel H. Pink

11. How to Win Friends and Influence People- Dale Carnegie

12. Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln- Doris Kearns Goodwin

13. Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage- Alfred Lansing

14. Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead- BrenĂ© Brown

15. The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles- Steve Pressfield

16. The Art Of War- Sun Tzu

17. Handbook of Revolutionary WarfareKwame Nkrumah

18. On Becoming a Leader- Warren Bennis

19. Wooden on Leadership- John Wooden & Steve Jamison

20. Primal Leadership: Unleashing the Power of Emotional Intelligence- Daniel Goleman & Richard Boyatzis & Annie McKee

21. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change- Stephen R. Covey

22. The Leadership Challenge: How to Make Extraordinary Things Happen in Organizations- James Kouzes & Barry Posner

23. Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action- Simon Sinek

24. First, Break All the Rules: What the World’s Greatest Managers Do Differently- Marcus Buckingham & Jim Harter 

25. Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done- Larry Bossidy & Ram Charan

26. Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More than IQ- Daniel Goleman

27. Leading Change- John Kotter

28. The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses- Eric Ries

29. The Effective Executive: The Definitive Guide to Getting the Right Things Done- Peter Drucker

30. The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership: Follow Them and People Will Follow You- John C. Maxwell

31. The First 90 Days: Proven Strategies for Getting Up to Speed Faster and Smarter- Michael Watkins

32. The One Minute Manager- Ken Blanchard & Spencer Johnson

33. True North: Discover Your Authentic Leadership- Bill George

34. Thinking, Fast and Slow- Daniel Kahneman

35. Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win- Jocko Willink & Leif Babin

36. The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable- Patrick Lencioni

37. Learning to Lead: The Journey to Leading Yourself, Leading Others, and Leading an Organization- Ron Williams with Karl Weber

38. Developing the Leader Within You 2.0- John C. Maxwell

39. Leadershift: The 11 Essential Changes Every Leader Must Embrace - John C. Maxwell

40. Humble Leadership: The Power of Relationships, Openness, and Trust- Edgar H. Schein and Peter A. Schein

41. Disrupt-It-Yourself: Eight Ways to Hack a Better Business–Before the Competition Does- Simone Bhan Ahuja

42. Excellence Wins: A No-Nonsense Guide to Becoming the Best in a World of Compromise- Horst Schulze & Dean Merrill

43. The Fifth Risk- MichaelL ewis

44. Leadership is an Art- Max DePree

45. The Truth About Employee Engagement- Patrick M. Lencioni

46. Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes are High, Third Edition- Joseph Grenny

47. Beyond the Wall of Resistance (Revised Edition): Why 70% of All Changes Still Fail-- And What You Can Do About It- Rick Maurer

48. The 11 Laws of Likability: Relationship Networking . . . Because People Do Business with People They Like- Michelle Tillis Lederman

49. Conscious Business: How to Build Value through Values- Fred Kofman

50. Dealing with Darwin: How Great Companies Innovate at Every Phase of Their Evolution- Geoffrey A. Moore

51. How to Be an Anti-Racist- Ibram X. Kendi

52. Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game- Michael Lewis

53. Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don't- Simon Sinek

54. Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead- Sheryl Sandberg

55. Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts- BrenĂ© Brown

56. The Mentor Leader: Secrets to Building People and Teams That Win Consistently- Tony Dungy

57. Minority Leader: How to Build Your Future and Make Real Change- Stacey Abrahms

58. The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers- Ben Horowitz

59. Leadership: In Turbulent Times- Doris Kearns Goodwin

60. Conscious Leadership: Elevating Humanity Through Business- John Mackey & Steve Mcintosh & Carter Phipps

61. Leadership: Theory and Practice- Peter G. Northouse

62. How to Lead: Wisdom from the World’s Greatest CEOs, Founders, and Game Changers- David M. Rubenstein

63. Legacy: What the all blacks can teach us about the business of life- James Kerr

64. The Making of a Manager: What to Do When Everyone Looks to You- Julie Zhuo

65. Long Walk to Freedom- Nelson Mandela

66. Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less- Greg McKeown

67. The Four Fixations of a Brilliant Leader- Alan J. Sears

68. Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do- Jennifer L. Eberhardt

69. The Introverted Leader: Building on Your Quiet Strength- Jennifer B. Kahnweiler

70. Seeing Around Corners- Rita McGrath

71. How to Own the Room: Women and the Art of Brilliant Speaking- Viv Groskop

72. If I Could Tell You Just One Thing- Richard Reed

73. High Output Management- Andrew Grove

74. Mental Models: 30 Thinking Tools that Separate the Average From the Exceptional. Improved Decision-Making, Logical Analysis, and Problem-Solving- Peter Hollins

75. Now It Can Be Told: The Story Of The Manhattan Project- Leslie R. Groves

76. Becoming- Michelle Obama

77. More Than Enough: Claiming Space for Who You Are (No Matter What They Say)- Elaine Welteroth

78. The Ride of a Lifetime: Lessons Learned from 15 Years as CEO of the Walt Disney Company- Robert Iger

79. How to Be a Positive Leader: Small Actions, Big Impact- Jane E. Dutton & Gretchen M. Spreitzer

80. We Should All Be Feminists- Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

81. How the Mighty Fall: And Why Some Companies Never Give In- Jim Collins

82. Predictable Success: Getting Your Organization on the Growth Track--and Keeping It There- Les McKeown


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