When we developed the Six Keys to unlocking your Leadership Genius in order to create independent, accountable teams, we researched current and past clients to assess how they experienced coaching, what they took from it, and rank the issues they faced in business. First and foremost by a wide margin is “communicate”. That is why it is the first key; there is simply no shortcut to getting every member of your organization on the same page, rowing in the same direction, and committed to open, kind, direct, and timely communication.
It has always intrigued me that some people just seem to get more done, with high quality, a great attitude, and a focus that is second to none. In my pursuit of growth, books that help me be better: at work, at home, in my community, and in general, always catch my eye.
While there are dozens of amazing new books coming out all the time, I find that reflecting on some of the more impactful lessons from past reads can be highly effective. This week I’m highlighting several of my “go-to” favorites that are timeless, unique in their lesson, and always relevant. You’ll notice that one selection is not a business book at all – and that’s the point. Great businesses hire, retain, and attract great employees, loyal clients, and produce enduring success.
Whether when mentoring, speaking about executive business coaching, or describing my personal philosophy behind Leader’s Cut, the question often arises, “what books do you recommend.” And while I always have a current favorite, there are four timeless classics that I tout as foundational for business success.