'Leaders are readers' - books to help leaders go from good to great

By The Extraordinary Business Book Club

By The Extraordinary Business Book Club

Our top 10 picks for inspiration and practical leadership skills

Leading Through Uncertainty: Emotional resilience and human connection in a performance-driven world

Jude Jennison

£17.98 £16.72

Drawn from her experience working with a herd of horses, this is an extraordinary call to intuitive, authentic leadership.

Leadership Is Language: The Hidden Power of What You Say and What You Don't

L. David Marquet

£14.99 £14.24

A remarkable analysis of how what we say (and what we don't) as leaders shapes the behaviour and attitudes of those we lead. Sobering and challenging.

The Infinite Leader: Balancing the Demands of Modern Business Leadership

Dr Pippa Malmgren and Chris Lewis

£16.99 £16.14

Another leadership classic from Malmgren and Lewis - this is the handbook for leaders who aspire to rise to the challenges of the 21st century.

Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts.

Brene Brown

£16.99 £16.14

Pretty much all Brown's titles are valuable for leaders but if you're going to read one, this is it: authentic, human, gritty leadership for our times.

The Fearless Organization: Creating Psychological Safety in the Workplace for Learning, Innovation, and Growth

Amy C. Edmondson

£24.00 £22.80

So much modern leadership literature is based on Edmondson's groundbreaking research - you need to read this to understand why.

Leader: Know, love and inspire your people

Katy Granville-Chapman and Emmie Bidston

£18.99 £18.04

An oddly moving book, that dares to name the love that underpins the most transformative, effective leadership. Impossible not to feel inspired by their passion for the mission of leadership.

The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups

Daniel Coyle

£10.99 £10.44

Forget tactics, you build the character of your organization - which determines its performance - through the almost unconscious rituals and stories you create as a leader. Coyle reveals how culture works, and how to shape it.

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable, 20th Anniversary Edition

California) Lencioni Patrick M. (Emeryville

£21.00 £19.95

Another classic - a narrative approach that communicates key leadership principles more effectively and engagingly than any instructional manual.

The Innovator's Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail

Clayton M. Christensen


It's a classic for a reason. Again, this one is so foundational to modern leadership literature that it's easy to think you must have already read it, but if you haven't, make the time. It's well worth it.

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