One key characteristic of healthy and fruitful leaders is life-long learning. We have a Learns as a Lifestyle session in this training under the “New Capacity” tab.
One of the best ways to learn is to read. You can read on the train, under a shade tree, at a coffee shop, or on the beach. You may prefer to read on a Kindle or iPad, flip the pages of a well-worn book, or skim short, but powerful blog posts on-line. No matter your preferences, reading will keep you learning and growing as a new leader.
I am going to share a few of my favorite books and blogs that I have read, to get this discussion started, but I would really appreciate it if you would add your favorites in the comments below. That way we can learn from each other!
Some of my favorite leadership books:
- Honorable Mention – The Bible 🙂
- Leading with a Limp by Dan Allender
- Difficult Conversations by Stone, Patton, and Heen (Such a crucial skill)
- The Heart of Leadership by Mark Miller (He has lots of good books.)
- Integrity by Henry Cloud (Many of his books are really good.) I just saw it on Amazon for only $2.99 for the Kindle version!
Some of my favorite leadership blogs:
- Leadership Freak – Dan Rockwell (Usually under 300 words! When you don’t have lots of time…)
- Great Leaders Serve – Mark Miller (The Chick-fil-A guy!)
- Empowering Leaders, Equipping Servants – Paul Sohn (a young and wise leader)
- Leading with Questions – Bob Tiede (Learn to ask more and better questions!) Bob has a new book out also(!) that you can download for FREE on his website!
Ok, these are my short lists. They will get you started, but I look forward to seeing what others add. Please also include a short description or why you recommend the book.
What do you think new leaders should read?