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Great Books to Consider as a New Leader in 2021


Edward McKenzie

Leadership is never simple. Managing a team of people with different skill sets and personalities can pose real challenges. Orchestrating successful projects requires leadership skills that are gained with experience and by following advice.

If you don’t know where to go for advice, there are many books written on the topic of leadership. These books offer insight on guiding your team, as well as how to make difficult calls. They also offer secrets of the trade that can increase your chances of success.


Experienced leaders can also benefit from these books. No one is ever finished learning their trade. Continual growth is a sign of success and maturity.


Some great include:


1- Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts by Brené Brown

A lot of people are afraid to show vulnerability in the workplace. What might not occur to them is that vulnerability can earn respect from their team. If your coworkers realize that you’re a person like them, making mistakes and learning from experience, you will become more relatable. It also means that you and your team can grow together.


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


When you’re building a business from the bottom up, there are some questions you might be afraid to ask. Very rarely will things be set up for you; as a beginner, you’ll find yourself facing problems that might seem far beyond you. Ben Horowitz answers some of those difficult questions in this excellent book designed to guide you through the roughest of spots.


3- Leadership: In Turbulent Times by Doris Kearns Goodwin


Historically, our greatest leaders have been forced to make decisions that changed the course of history. Doris Kearns Goodwin tells us about four Presidents and the choices they made in order to shape our country.



Though challenging, leadership is rewarding in the long run. As you learn the ropes, it becomes less scary. Read these books so that you’ll be prepared for any situation that might surface in your business.



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