Book Buffet: 17 Must-Read Books for Leadership and Personal Growth


Jerrod Murr

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Jerrod Murr

Founder and Chief Vision Officer

Looking to enhance your leadership skills and embark on a journey of personal growth? We've compiled a list of 17 incredible books that will inspire, challenge, and equip you to become a better leader. From Simon Sinek's "Start with Why" to Brené Brown's "Dare to Lead," these books cover a wide range of topics, including vision, self-awareness, communication, productivity, and building trust. Discover the power of purpose, learn from the experiences of successful leaders, explore the art of negotiation, and unlock strategies for developing healthy habits. Whether you're an aspiring leader or a seasoned professional, this collection offers valuable insights and practical tools to help you thrive in your personal and professional life. Dive into these transformative reads and embark on a path of growth, impact, and success.

  1. "Start with Why" by Simon Sinek: This book explores the power of purpose and encourages readers to uncover their "why" to inspire and lead others.
  2. "Visioneering" by Andy Stanley: Through personal experiences and biblical examples, this book guides readers in developing and pursuing a compelling vision for their lives.
  3. "Shoe Dog" by Phil Knight: The memoir of Nike's co-founder, Phil Knight, shares the story of building one of the world's most iconic brands, highlighting the challenges and triumphs of entrepreneurship.
  4. "Write of a Lifetime" by Bob Iger: Bob Iger, former CEO of Disney, reflects on his leadership journey and the importance of storytelling and creativity in business.
  5. "The Imagineering Story" (Disney Plus series): A documentary series that explores the history, innovation, and behind-the-scenes magic of Disney's Imagineering, showcasing the creative process and iconic attractions.
  6. "Dare to Lead" by Brené Brown: Brené Brown explores the qualities and skills required for effective leadership, emphasizing vulnerability, courage, and empathy.
  7. "Multipliers" by Liz Wiseman: This book examines the mindset and practices of "multipliers" – leaders who amplify the intelligence and capabilities of their teams, creating a culture of growth and success.
  8. "The Speed of Trust" by Stephen M.R. Covey: Stephen M.R. Covey explores the importance of trust in relationships and organizations, providing practical tools for building and restoring trust in personal and professional settings.
  9. "The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry" by John Mark Comer: This book challenges the culture of busyness and offers insights and practices for slowing down, finding rest, and living a more balanced life.
  10. "I Am Not, but I Know I Am" by Louie Giglio: Louie Giglio explores the concept of identity and significance, encouraging readers to embrace their true identity in relation to the greatness of God.
  11. "Getting Things Done" by David Allen: This productivity book presents a comprehensive system for organizing tasks, managing workflow, and achieving stress-free productivity.
  12. "Atomic Habits" by James Clear: James Clear shares practical strategies for building and breaking habits, highlighting the power of small, incremental changes for long-term success.
  13. "The Leadership Challenge" by James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner: This book outlines five essential practices of exemplary leadership and provides insights and tools for becoming a more effective leader.
  14. "Necessary Endings" by Dr. Henry Cloud: Dr. Henry Cloud explores the importance of recognizing and embracing necessary endings in various areas of life, enabling personal and professional growth.
  15. "Ego, Authority, Failure" by Derek Gaunt: This book delves into the principles of negotiation and communication, providing strategies for managing stress and effectively navigating high-pressure conversations.
  16. "60 Seconds and You're Hired!" by Robin Ryan: This book offers practical tips and techniques for handling high-pressure situations, specifically related to job interviews and negotiations. It provides strategies to effectively communicate and make a strong impression in a short amount of time.
  17. "Leadership and Self-Deception" by The Arbinger Institute: This book explores the concept of self-deception and how it affects our leadership approach and relationships. It offers insights into recognizing and overcoming our own biases and distorted perspectives, ultimately fostering better communication and productivity.

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