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New Year New Books: For Leaders

Here are three of my favorite books for leaders. I read them last year and think they would make a great addition to any leader’s reading list for 2018.

Extreme Ownership by Leif Babin & Jocko Willink

I first heard about Extreme Ownership from a friend. We were jogging and he was telling me about the first chapter. A group of U.S. Navy SEALS were leading an attack in the most dangerous area of Iraq when something went horribly wrong. The response from these SEALS caused me to tear up on the spot.

My friend gifted me the book and I have done the same for several others. It’s that kind of book. At first though, I didn’t think it was for me based on the title. I was interested in the subject but considered this an area I was already strong in. I didn’t think I needed another lesson in taking ownership. I couldn’t have been more wrong.

What I like about his book is not just the leadership lessons it teaches but how those principles are presented. Each chapter takes you through how the concept was applied by Navy SEALS in battle situations then in business meetings. I have found it changing how I relate to situations at work and even in my family.

It is a great book and one I recommend to every leader in 2018!

Start with Why by Simon Sinek

His TED talk is legendary but I finally decided to go through the book as well. If you ever stand on a stage or have to convince others to get behind and idea or product then I would suggest you read this book.

Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell

I am embarrassed to say Amy actually bought this for me as a gift, and it took me over a year to begin reading it. I couldn’t figure out why she got it for me. Then as I kept reading other books this one was referenced over and over again like some sort of primer for leaders. I was sorry I waited so long to learn these principles on what and who causes good ideas to take off.

Malcom Gladwell’s podcast, Revisionist History, has also become my favorite podcast. If you have spent anytime with me in conversation in the last six months then you have most likely heard me share an anecdotes from this addictive podcast. Check it out here:


Bonus Book: The Way of the Shepherd by Kevin Leman and William Pentak

I didn’t read this book for the first time last year. I read it for the third time. We took our practicum through it and everyone loved this short parable that shares 7 biblical princes from shepherding that help you lead better.

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