This year I have managed to read the most amount of literature than ever before. The books that have had the biggest impact have been the ones that have helped me grow as a person, and I like to think that this growth has helped me to help others more effectively. I hope that these books have as much as an effect on you as they did for me.
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This book was a huge game changer for me, it re-lit a fire that had been dimming over the last couple of years. In all honesty, at first I thought that I had made a mistake choosing this book as I hadn’t realised that it was written in a novel format, but I’m so glad that I persisted. Reading it felt like I had my very own leadership mentor. The book coaches you through good physical and mental habits, and in particular using the first hour of your day to take care of yourself (this was the most influential change that I made this year). I can’t recommend this book high enough.
Following on from their highly successful podcast where Jake & Damian talk to successful sports people, CEOs, entrepreneurs and other highly inspirational individuals. This book has a great combination of the lessons they took from the people they interviewed in their podcast series and the science behind it. Very well written, and an easy read too.
Ex-Olympian and now Leadership Consultant & Diplomat, Cath Bishop uses her experience as an Olympian to explain a more efficient, longer lasting definition of winning. She redefines winning in a way that feels healthier for the individual and teams, a way in which makes leaders re-think the way they have been interpreting winning and losing. A real thinker of a book.
Tim Grover has had an illustrious career as a Performance Coach, working with such superstars as Michael Jordan & Kobe Bryant. In this book, he discusses the mindset that these powerhouses have, and how he cultivates their mentality in his vigorous training sessions. Grovers’ methods go against the grain for many usual coaching practices. I found this book particular useful when working with higher end players who need to be pushed and challenged further.
A fantastic thought provoking book. The author David Brooks explores many philosophical wisdoms, old and new, and relates them to modern day life. The main takeaway that I took is how life becoming easier and more comfortable has decreased the amount of purpose in todays youth, and even though we are more connected through technology, there is much more loneliness in the world.
Constant notifications and distraction have made it a challenge for us in recent times to concentrate intently and deeply to provide top quality work. Cal Newports work goes even deeper into way in which we can concentrate more effectively, which also has positive effects on mood and motivation.
The book that started off Robin Sharma’s journey as an acclaimed author. An excellent addition to any leaders library. Sharma takes us through a journey of growth and enlightenment in a story about a successful lawyer whose out-of-balance lifestyle leads him to health problems, and the voyage that he takes to not only a more balanced life, but a healthier and more meaningful life.
Create gritty and persistent teams through the many exercises that this book provides. Gritty people are inclined to have better long term success and tend to be happier. As well as ‘grit exercises’ that occupy this book, Miller also goes into the science behind perseverance, motivation and purpose.
Building on from his book “The Culture Code”, Daniel Coyle fills this book with simple to use exercises that you can use to build your teams culture. By studying and consulting some of the best cultures around the world, he teaches us ways to construct groups towards long term success and effectiveness.
I have unashamedly added 3 Robin Sharma books to this top 10. Whilst the previous two in this list were written as novels, this book is very much Robin himself talking through the advice that he gives his clients (from NBA stars to Billionaires). Learn the daily habits that the greats tend to have, and what they do to become great leaders.
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