24 Books Every Leader Should Read in 2024 (Part 1)

Let’s face it, if you aspire to lead, you have to read. This truth hasn’t changed. Unfortunately, in the distracted world we live in, often times we fail to take time to read what’s important.

Most of us feel we “don’t have time” to read. But here is a simple remedy that anyone can use: simply commit to reading one chapter per day.

That’s it. Most people can read a typical chapter in 15 minutes or less. If you do this consistently throughout the year, you will read a book about every two weeks. Take a couple of weeks off, and that’s 24 books for the year. Imagine what a difference that would make!

Here are some great book ideas to get you started:

24 Books Every Leader Should Read in 2024 (Part 1 of 3)

No matter your goals, Atomic Habits offers a proven framework for improving–every day. James Clear, one of the world’s leading experts on habit formation, reveals practical strategies that will teach you exactly how to form good habits, break bad ones, and master the tiny behaviors that lead to remarkable results.

"You do not rise the level of your goals; you fall the level of your systems." James Clear #Leadership #Management #Books #AtomicHabits #LeadBetterToday Click To Tweet

Start with Why shows that the leaders who have had the greatest influence in the world all think, act, and communicate the same way – and it’s the opposite of what everyone else does. Sinek calls this powerful idea The Golden Circle, and it provides a framework upon which organizations can be built, movements can be led, and people can be inspired. And it all starts with why.


The fully revised and updated 25th Anniversary Edition of Maxwell’s New York Times bestseller provides clear guidance on how to become an effective leader in today’s world.

You’ll learn the key principles of successful leadership such as vision, influence, responsibility and commitment. It highlights ways to set goals for yourself and your team while maintaining emotional balance during difficult times. Each law is backed up by inspiring and practical examples from Maxwell’s personal experience.


A book about leadership for people who are not in formal or hierarchical leadership positions, Everyday People, Extraordinary Leadership provides readers with a comprehensive and practical approach to addressing leadership challenges, no matter the setting or circumstance. Esteemed scholars and sought-after consultants Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner adapt their trademark The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership® framework to today’s more horizontal workplace, showing people that leadership is not about where you are in the organization; it’s about how you behave and what you do.

"Everyone has the chance to lead if they choose to take what they've been given and make something extraordinary happen"​ Kouzes & Posner#Leadership #Management #LeadBetterToday Click To Tweet

Whether you’re a new manager, an aspiring one, or an experienced manager or business owner, there’s always more to learn… and there’s always room to develop your leadership skills so that you can be sure you’re an inspirational and empathetic leader… and not a disconnected boss.

It all starts with the workplace culture you cultivate… one that is positive, inclusive, and authentic… one that motivates your team to go above and beyond… and to do so happily.

Any successful organization has, at its core, a team that trusts and respects its leaders and is willing to do what it takes to help the company reach its goals… and behind every team like this, there’s a leader who knows just what to do to steer the ship.


Stephen M.R. Covey has made it his life’s work to understand trust in leadership and organizations. In his newest and most transformative book, Trust and Inspire, he offers a simple yet bold solution: to shift from this “command and control” model to a leadership style of “trust and inspire.” People don’t want to be managed; they want to be led. Trust and Inspire is a new way of leading that starts with the belief that people are creative, collaborative, and full of potential. People with this kind of leader are inspired to become the best version of themselves and to produce their best work. In this work, Covey offers the solution to the future of work: where a dispersed workforce will be the norm, necessitating trust and collaboration across time zones, cultures, personalities, generations, and technology.


We are not positive because life is easy. We are positive because life can be hard. As a leader, you will face numerous obstacles, negativity, and tests. There will be times when it seems as if everything in the world is conspiring against you and your vision seems more like a fantasy than a reality. That’s why positive leadership is essential! Positive leadership is not about fake positivity. It is the real stuff that makes great leaders great. The research is clear. Being a positive leader is not just a nice way to lead. It’s the way to lead if you want to build a great culture, unite your organization in the face of adversity, develop a connected and committed team and achieve excellence and superior results.

"Communication builds trust. Trust generates commitment. Commitment fosters teamwork. Teamwork delivers results." Jon Gordon#Leadership #Management #LeadBetterToday Click To Tweet

Hidden Potential: The Science of Achieving Greater Things

Hidden Potential offers a new framework for raising aspirations and exceeding expectations. Adam Grant weaves together groundbreaking evidence, surprising insights, and vivid storytelling that takes us from the classroom to the boardroom, the playground to the Olympics, and underground to outer space. He shows that progress depends less on how hard you work than how well you learn. Growth is not about the genius you possess—it’s about the character you develop. Grant explores how to build the character skills and motivational structures to realize our own potential, and how to design systems that create opportunities for those who have been underrated and overlooked.


Are you ready to read, read, read? Pick up one of these books and get started today! And look for Part 2 and Part 3 of our series 24 Books Every Leader Should Read in 2024 for even more great suggestions on books to help you Lead Better Today!

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Greg Baird
Greg Baird

Greg J Baird is a strategic leader with 25+ years experience developing, implementing and communicating domestic and international initiatives in the church, non-profit, enterprise non-profit and business sectors. He is a John C Maxwell Certified Leadership Coach, Speaker & Trainer, and a DISC Certified Trainer & Consultant.

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