Successful people read on average 60-books per year

-A list of ten (10) most-read books by leaders.

Over and over, we have learned that the most successful people are ardent readers. This is no surprise considering that reading is a transformational habit. In 2016, Bill Gates admitted to reading around 50 books per year in an interview with The New York Times. Warren Buffet didn’t just become the most successful investor in America – his ardent reading habit helped him learn all there was to know about every industry.

The likes of Mark Zuckerberg, Oprah Winfrey, and Barack Obama have openly expressed their love for reading, knowing that every problem has been previously encountered by someone else, and the solutions written down in books.

Voracious reading is one way to ensure that you grow as an individual and as a leader. Lots and lots of books have been written and published about business and leadership over the years. However, we have handpicked some of the best and most-read books on leadership.

The Art of War – Sun Tzu (5th century B.C)

You’ve probably heard about this classic. Written in 5th century B.C, many Presidents, generals, and CEOs have continually pulled knowledge from this book over centuries and centuries. An Ancient Chinese manual made up of 13 sections, this book highlights different aspects of battle strategy.

21 Irrefutable laws of leadership – John Maxwell (1998)

In this book, John Maxwell exposes 21 solid laws of leadership he developed over 30 years of success and errors. His leadership lessons englobe the world of politics, business, sports, religion, and military conflict.

Drive – Daniel H. Pink (2009)

While others are focused on leading through incentives or by fear, “Drive” brings back motivation in leadership. He believes that the “carrot and stick” approach used by most corporations to motivate people doesn’t deliver high performance because it ignores the most vital element – internal motivation. Tapping into internal motivation will increase self-satisfaction and empower us to better ourselves and the world.

Developing the Leader within you – John Maxwell (2005)

This one is a towering calling to leaders from all works of life – family, church, business, non-profit, etc. This book teaches the true definition of leadership, with timeless principles that will bring positive change.

Never Give In: The Best of Winston Churchill’s Speeches – Winston S. Churchill (2003)

The legendary statesman’s grandson Winton Churchill curated this collection of speeches as a formidable reminder of his ability to inspire. It covers his career from World War I to his honorary induction as a US citizen in 1963.

Emotional Intelligence 2.0 – Travis Bradberry

Emotional Intelligence explains how awareness of your behavior and that of others in a given situation, as well as the motivation behind the behavior, are crucial to efficient and effective leadership.

The Power of Habit: Why we do what we do in life and Business – Charles Duhigg

Our habits, more than anything, determine our destiny. Success is a matter of creating habits that lead to success, and Duhigg reveals in this book, how to achieve this habit mindset.

Getting things done – David Allen

In this book, Allen offers necessary tools and strategies on how to focus our energy and manage workflows, including getting through work tasks quickly, delegating, as well as deferring when appropriate.

The Dip – Seth Godin

Seth shows in this book that winners actually quit quickly and often until they commit to beating the right “dip”. The book will help you determine if you’re in a dip that is worthy of your time, effort and talents.

Essentialism – Greg McKeown

Essentialism helps you focus on getting the right things done, rather than trying to manage your time. It teaches the discipline of discerning what is absolutely essential and eliminating everything else.

These books are only some of the most-read that will surely help you on your journey to becoming a successful leader.

What is your favorite read? Do you have some great success strategies of your own to share  – how do you implement them?

Let us know in the comments.

~Connie Pheiff, Founder & Chair,