24 Books Every Leader Should Read in 2024 (Part 2)

Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.

Harry S. Truman

Reading is essential to leading.

Always has been.

Always will be.

So to kick off 2024, we’ve got 24 book recommendations for leaders. Read Part One for the first set. Here are the second set of recommended books:

24 Books Every Leader Should Read in 2024 (Part 2 of 3)

Both successful entrepreneurs and chess grandmasters have the vision to look at the pieces in front of them and anticipate their next five moves. In this book, Patrick Bet-David translates this skill into a valuable methodology that applies to high performers at all levels of business. Whether you feel like you’ve hit a wall, lost your fire, or are looking for innovative strategies to take your business to the next level, Your Next Five Moves has the answers.

"Start with clarity of outcome, then determine the sequence of steps to get there." Patrick Bet-David#Leadership #LeadBetterToday Click To Tweet

YOU lead the HIGH-PERFORMING team and rise above expectations. YOU have a devoted team of followers who follow you. YOU have less worry over the tasks being performed by your team.

Is this your world? It could be.

Servant leadership is the answer. It is the most powerful and influential style of leadership and is founded on morals and values. Discover a proven leadership style that has be applied to all types of organizations.

Learn how to know you are meeting the needs of your employees and ensure your employees are feeling VALUED! Discover how to lead individuals you don’t directly manage. Then, uncover the secret to influence that has others follow your lead and are loyal to you.

People are not born with self-discipline. Like driving or playing tennis, it’s a skill that you learn. In The Power of Discipline you will gain access to easy-to-read, scientific explanations about self-discipline including:

  • How to master self-discipline by targeting certain areas of the brain
  • The Navy SEALs’ secrets to self-discipline
  • The Zen Buddhists’ secrets to self-discipline
  • How to make hard-work exciting
  • How to ditch your bad habits and adopt the habits of successful people
  • Strategies to keep going when your motivation runs out
  • And much, much more

By applying the principles in this book, you will develop your self-discipline, bulldoze through toward your goals, become an unstoppable force of nature, and start living the life you know you deserve!

"Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment." Daniel Walter#Leadership #LeadBetterToday Click To Tweet

The 6 Types of Working Genius is the fastest way to help people identify the type of work that brings them joy and energy, and avoid work that leads to frustration and burnout.

Beyond the personal discovery and instant relief that Working Genius provides, the model also gives teams a remarkably simple and practical framework for tapping into one another’s natural gifts, which increases productivity and reduces unnecessary judgment.

In classic Lencioni fashion, Pat brings his model to life in a page-turning fable that is as relatable as it is compelling. He tells the story of Bull Brooks, an entrepreneur, husband, and father who sets out to solve his own frustration at work and stumbles into a new way of thinking that changes the way he sees his work, his team, and even his marriage.

To identify the 21st century’s best CEOs, the authors of CEO Excellence started with a pool of over 2400 public company CEOs. Extensive screening distilled that group into an elite corps, sixty-seven of whom agreed to in-depth, multi-hour interviews. Among those sharing their views: Jamie Dimon (JPMorgan Chase), Satya Nadella (Microsoft), Reed Hastings (Netflix), Kazuo Hirai (Sony), Ken Chenault (American Express), Mary Barra (GM), and Peter Brabeck-Letmathe (Nestlé).

What came out of those frank, no-holds-barred conversations is a rich array of mindsets and actions that deliver outsized performance. Compelling, practical, and unprecedented in scope, CEO Excellence is a treasure trove of wisdom from today’s most elite business leaders.

In Impact PlayersNew York Times bestselling author and researcher Liz Wiseman reveals the secrets of these stellar professionals who play the game at a higher level. Drawing on insights from leaders at top companies, Wiseman explains what the most influential players are doing differently, how small and seemingly insignificant differences in how we think and act can make an enormous impact, and why—with a little coaching—this mindset is available to everyone who wants to contribute at their highest level.  

"In every field, there are Impact Players — people who are valued for their ability to get the right things done. They do so by thinking and acting differently, which makes all the difference." Liz Wiseman#Leadership #LeadBetterToday Click To Tweet

Set up your company for long-term success by building and reinforcing your leadership pipeline

In the newly revised third edition of The Leadership Pipeline, a team of veteran leadership practitioners delivers a practical and essential framework for identifying future leaders, assessing their competence, planning their development, nurturing their talents, and analyzing the results of your efforts. The work to be done, the required skills, time application, and the necessary work values for each leadership layer are clearly defined for the digital age. The book explains how to integrate your organization’s leadership development process with a succession plan that provides your company with a ready supply of capable leaders

Transform your organization with speed and efficiency using this insightful new resource

Incremental improvement is no longer sufficient in helping organizations navigate the complexity, uncertainty and volatility of today’s world. In Change: How Organizations Achieve Hard-to-Imagine Results in Uncertain and Volatile Times, authors John P. Kotter, Vanessa Akhtar, and Gaurav Gupta explore how to create non-linear, dramatic change in your organization. You’ll discover the emerging science of change that teaches us about how to build organizations – from businesses to governments – that change and adapt rapidly.

Are you ready to read, read, read? Pick up one of these books and get started today! And look for Part 1 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!

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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