These days it seems harder and harder to read books with so many articles, newsletters and podcasts providing great content and learning opportunities. However, certain books we’ve read continue to have an outsized impact on how we think about business and life. Here are some of our favorites.
Good to Great by Jim Collins – The classic that set the standards for great companies and made it ok to aspire to be a Level 5 leader.
Do Better Work by Max Yoder – Written by a wise-beyond-his-years local founder, this easy read about empathetic and effective leadership pacts a powerful punch and should be on every modern leader’s bookshelf.
The Citizen’s Share by Blasi, Freeman and Kruse – A serious, meaty read about the importance of workers owning a stake in the businesses where they work and how that has been part of America since the beginning.
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey – Another classic, this one set standard for personal growth and productivity. It defined integrity as much as it defined effectiveness.
The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni – Working well as a team is hard. This book taught us the importance of building a culture of trust and how to do it.
Atomic Habits by James Clear – Possibly the most practical book ever written. Want to develop better habits or kick bad ones? This book is surprisingly interesting while providing life changing hacks.
The Great Game of Business by Jack Stack – Old school, top-down, opaque management styles don’t work for modern businesses. Sharing transparently and empowering people leads to incredible outcomes and better places to work. This book provides inspiration and ideas for modern leaders.
We’d love to hear from you. What do you think of our list? What books would you add?