10 Best Leadership Books Every Leader Should Read in 2021

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I’ve been struggling, surfing through the internet to find the best leadership books to list down for my wonderful audience. You won’t believe I’ve been on this task for about 4 days now. Honestly, it takes a lot of effort to actually sit down and write. I hope you will enjoy this post as much as I enjoyed it. So, without further ado! Let’s begin!

“Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.” —Warren Bennis


If we look at history there were thousand of leaders born and achieved the unbelievable. They followed their dreams and worked hard towards them. They had a vision and tried their best to turn them into reality. Successful people like Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerburg, changed the mentality of millions and showed the world “if you can dream it, you can DO IT”.

“Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.” —Jack Welch

Below is the wonderful list of 10 Best Leadership Books Every Leader Should Read in 2021.

1- Man’s Search for Meaning – Viktor Frankl

Man’s Search for Meaning is written by Viktor Frankl. It was originally published in 1946. It is composed of 200 pages. In this book, the author narrates his experiences as a prisoner in Nazi concentration camps during World War II and describing his psychotherapeutic method, which involved identifying a purpose in life to feel positive about and then immersively imagining that outcome.10 Best Leadership Books Every Leader Should Read in 2021

There are hundreds and millions of people praising Man’s Search for Meaning. There are massive fan following of Viktor Frankl. The book is rated 4.5/5 on Goodreads. Recommended for sure!

2- The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Moving on to the next best leadership book that every leader should read in 2021. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. The journey of a small Spanish shepherd boy (Santiago), in search of his hidden treasure. He is fearless, courageous, bold, and lion-hearted. He believes in the Omens and follows them.10 Best Leadership Books Every Leader Should Read in 2021

The Alchemist is a masterpiece of Paulo Coelho. It was originally written in Portuguese, after translated it became an international bestseller. The boy, Santiago’s journey teaching us about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, of recognizing opportunity and learning to read the omens spread along life’s path, and most importantly to follow our dreams and never give up on them.

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”
-John Quincy Adams

3- The Truth About Leadership, by James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner

The Truth About Leadership, by James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner is definitely on this list. It was originally published in 2010.10 Best Leadership Books Every Leader Should Read in 2021

A fresh look at what it means to lead from two of the biggest names in leadership In these turbulent times when the very foundations of organizations and societies are shaken, leaders need to move beyond pessimistic predictions, trendy fads, and simplistic solutions. They need to turn to what’s real and what’s proven. In their engaging, personal, and bold new book, Kouzes and Posner reveal ten time-tested truths that show what every leader must know, the questions they must be prepared to answer, and the real-world issues they will likely face.

4- The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey

How can we neglect this wonderful masterpiece of Stephen R. Covey when making a list of 10 best leadership books to read in 2021? It is impossible not to mention this masterwork. Honestly, I’ve read this book and I personally experienced some great changes in my life.10 Best Leadership Books Every Leader Should Read in 2021

In this book, you will learn how successful and effective people work. There are 7 habit related lessons with multiple exercises that will surely amaze you. It is a business and self-help book. The book was originally published in 1989 with 381 pages. If you’re really concerned about changing your life or a to lead a life like a leader, you should read this book. 7 habits of highly effective people is rated 4.1/5 on Goodreads.

5- Drive by Daniel H. Pink

Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us is the fourth non-fiction book by Daniel Pink. The book was published in 2009 by Riverhead Hardcover. It argues that human motivation is largely fundamental, and that the aspects of this motivation can be divided into autonomy, mastery, and purpose.10 Best Leadership Books Every Leader Should Read in 2021

“Leaders instill in their people a hope for success and a belief in themselves. Positive leaders empower people to accomplish their goals.”

6- How To Win Friends and Influence by Dale Carnegie

If you’re feeling depressed and wanted to make things right with your loved ones, give this book a try. How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie will teach you how to enhance your relationships with others personally or in business.10 Best Leadership Books Every Leader Should Read in 2021

If you want to be a successful person and wanted to genuinely create and maintain positive relationships or whether you want to understand how to communicate with anyone, believe me, this book is just for YOU. To live like a leader you must read this bok in 2021. There are countless successful leaders have read this book and found it very effective throughout their career. Dale Carnegie will transform your life for sure.

7- Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap… and Others Don’t

Good to Great is a management book by Jim C. Collins that describes how companies transition from being good companies to great companies, and how most companies fail to make the transition. The book was a bestseller, selling four million copies and going far beyond the traditional audience of business books. The book was published in 2001.10 Best Leadership Books Every Leader Should Read in 2021

“The very essence of leadership is that you have to have vision. You can’t blow an uncertain trumpet.”
-Theodore M. Hesburgh

8- The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John C. Maxwell

If you’ve never read The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, you’ve been missing out on one of the best-selling leadership books of all time. It is written by John C. Maxwell. The book was originally published in 1998 and gained instant popularity. If you have read the original version, then you’ll love this new expanded and updated one.10 Best Leadership Books Every Leader Should Read in 2021

This expanded and updated edition of one of the most trusted and referenced leadership books of all time features new insights and revised content that is fundamental for any leader.

“A book is a conversation between the author and reader,” says Maxwell. “It’s been ten years since I wrote The 21 Laws of Leadership. I’ve grown a lot since then. I’ve taught these laws in dozens of countries around the world. This new edition gives me the opportunity to share what I’ve learned.”

9- The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference by Malcolm Gladwell

The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference is the debut book by Malcolm Gladwell, first published by Little, Brown in 2000. Gladwell defines a tipping point as “the moment of critical mass, the threshold, the boiling point.” The book is consists on 304 pages and is rated 4/5 on Goodreads. The book seeks to explain and describe the “mysterious” sociological changes that mark everyday life. As Gladwell states: “Ideas and products and messages and behaviors spread like viruses do.”10 Best Leadership Books Every Leader Should Read in 2021

“Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.”
-John F. Kennedy

10- Dare to Lead by Brené Brown

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Brené Brown has taught us what it means to dare greatly, rise strong, and brave the wilderness. Now, based on new research conducted with leaders, change makers, and culture shifters, she’s showing us how to put those ideas into practice so we can step up and lead.10 Best Leadership Books Every Leader Should Read in 2021

Leadership is not about titles, status, and wielding power. A leader is anyone who takes responsibility for recognizing the potential in people and ideas, and has the courage to develop that potential.

When we dare to lead, we don’t pretend to have the right answers; we stay curious and ask the right questions. We don’t see power as finite and hoard it; we know that power becomes infinite when we share it with others. We don’t avoid difficult conversations and situations; we lean into vulnerability when it’s necessary to do good work.

“The single biggest way to impact an organization is to focus on leadership development. There is almost no limit to the potential of an organization that recruits good people, raises them up as leaders and continually develops them.”
-John Maxwell

This was it. This was the complete list of 10 best leadership books that I believe every leader should read in 2021. Some of these books I’ve read but most of them are still on my To-be-read list. Btw, I enjoyed making this remarkable list of best leadership books and I hope you like it. Feel free to share anything you want in the comments below! Have a happy day ahead – Thank you.

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