Best Leadership Books: A Comprehensive Guide

Leadership Books

Leadership is a timeless and vital skill, essential for success in any field. Whether you’re a seasoned executive, an aspiring entrepreneur, or someone looking to enhance their leadership abilities, reading the right books can provide valuable insights and guidance. In this blog post, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best leadership books that offer a wealth of knowledge and inspiration. These books cover a wide range of topics, from understanding human dynamics to strategic thinking and personal development.


  1. On Becoming a Leader by Warren Bennis
  2. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
  3. Excellence Wins: A No-Nonsense Guide to Becoming the Best in a World of Compromise by Horst Schulze
  4. The Art of War by Sun Tzu
  5. The Lean Startup by Eric Ries
  6. The Fifth Risk by Michael Lewis
  7. Wooden on Leadership by John Wooden
  8. The Effective Executive by Peter Drucker
  9. Leadership Is an Art by Max DePree
  10. Good to Great by Jim Collins
  11. The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John Maxwell
  12. Making the Grass Greener on Your Side by Ken Melrose
  13. Primal Leadership by Daniel Goleman, Richard Boyatzis, and Annie McKee
  14. The First 90 Days by Michael Watkins
  15. The Servant: A Simple Story About the True Essence of Leadership by James Hunter
  16. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
  17. The One Minute Manager by Ken Blanchard and Spencer Johnson
  18. Servant Leadership: A Journey Into the Nature of Legitimate Power and Greatness by Robert Greenleaf
  19. The Leadership Challenge by James Kouzes and Barry Posner
  20. True North by Bill George
  21. The World’s Most Powerful Leadership Principle: How to Become a Servant Leader by James Hunter
  22. Start with Why by Simon Sinek
  23. Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
  24. The Servant Leader: How to Build a Creative Team, Develop Great Morale, and Improve Bottom Line Performance by James Autry
  25. First, Break All of the Rules by Gallup
  26. Tribes by Seth Godin
  27. The Case for Servant Leadership by Kent Keith
  28. Execution – The Discipline of Getting Things Done by Larry Bossidy and Ram Charan
  29. Extreme Ownership – How US Navy SEALs Lead and Win by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin
  30. It’s Not About the Coffee: Lessons on Putting People First From a Life at Starbucks by Howard Behar
  31. Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman
  32. Learning to Lead by Ron Williams
  33. Seven Pillars of Servant Leadership: Practicing the Wisdom of Leading by Serving by James Sipe and Don Frick
  34. Drive by Daniel Pink
  35. Leader Shift by John Maxwell
  36. Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose by Tony Hsieh
  37. Leading Change by John Kotter
  38. Developing the Leader Within You 2.0 by John Maxwell
  39. Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t by Simon Sinek
  40. The Innovator’s Dilemma by Clayton Christensen
  41. Humble Leadership by Edgar and Peter Schein
  42. The Serving Leader: Five Powerful Actions to Transform Your Team, Business, and Community by Ken Jennings and John Stahl-Wert
  43. Disrupt it Yourself by Simone Bhan Ahuja
  44. Permission to Screw Up by Kristen Hadeed
  45. Servant Leadership in Action: How You Can Achieve Great Relationships and Results by Ken Blanchard and Renee Broadwell


These leadership books offer a diverse range of insights, strategies, and principles to help you become a more effective and impactful leader. Whether you’re seeking personal growth, organizational transformation, or a deeper understanding of leadership philosophy, these books are valuable resources that can guide you on your leadership journey. So, pick up a book, start reading, and embark on a path to becoming the best leader you can be.