Moving to a leadership role can very challenging if you not well prepared. In my journey on leadership, I started by assuming that I knew all about leadership, that was a shocker. Soon I realized that I needed a lot more knowledge on what is a Leader. So, I turn to the books to find the answers. For the past year a read around 30 books on leadership, some very inspiring and others full of surprises.
If you are new to a leadership role, I suggest these 3 little books that will help you to create a strong base for the future in a leadership role.
1 – Leadership Plain and Simple by Steve Radcliff – The title says it all, this book is simple, easy to read and really good information. Steve uses this method F.E.D. which means Future, Engaged Deliver. This a straightforward method it’s easy to follow with all the necessary steps to deliver in any environment.
Quote from the Book: “Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision is merely passing time. Vision and action can change the world.” – Nelson Mandela
2- How to Lead 4th edition by Jo Owen – Another simple book full of effective methods and behaviors that are used by top leaders around the world. In this book, Jo uses an I.P.A term which means Idea, People, Action. It shows how to implement ideas, make your network work and make it happen, really great book.
Quote from the Book:” Leadership is about taking people where they would not have got by themselves”
3- The One Minute Manager Meets the Monkey by Ken Blanchard – When I started on leadership I assumed that I had to sort out everyone`s problems until I found this book. Meets the monkey is little book packed with all you need to how to deal other people`s problems. The books tell us this idea that monkeys are problems and people keep throwing monkeys to our backs all the time. In the book, you will find a way to avoid the monkeys coming to your back and training people to sort out their own problems. It takes a bit of practice but saves a ton time so that you can prioritize effectively.
Quote from the Book: “The best way to develop responsibility in people is to give them responsibility.”
I hope that you find this article helpful in your journey through leadership. Please feel free to comment or share any books that you think are relevant to leadership development.
Read a lot and lead well.