Leadership Books: Our Recommended Reading List

Jan 29, 2023 | Leadership, Training and Development

Now that the hustle and bustle of January is done and dusted, let’s turn our attention to what’s on your leadership-specific reading list for 2023! What is your plan to grow, learn and create new habits for this year?

“Where can I read up on that more?” or “What are your book recommendations?” are two of the most common questions asked of us during our trainings.

We too believe in lifelong learning! We have a plethora of books on our list – some we have read, some we have re-read (yes, they were that good!) and some are next in line for us to read!


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Below are some of our recommendations, along with our favourite quote from each book! If you’ve read these, then email us and we would be happy to send you more recommendations – [email protected].


“Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success” by Adam Grant

“You never know where somebody’s going to end up. It’s not just about building your reputation; it really is about being there for other people.”

“Highly successful people have three things in common: motivation, ability, and opportunity.”

“This is what I find most magnetic about successful givers: they get to the top without cutting others down, finding ways of expanding the pie that benefit themselves and the people around them. Whereas success is zero-sum in a group of takers, in groups of givers, it may be true that the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.”


“It Starts with One: Changing Individuals Changes Organizations” by J. Stewart Black

“Unlocking individual change starts and ends with the mental maps people carry in their heads – how they see the organization and their world at work … And if leaders cannot change their own and others mental maps, they will not change the destinations people will pursue or the paths they take to get there.”


“The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else in Business” by Patrick Lencioni

“At its core, organizational health is about integrity.”

“Leaders who pride themselves on expertise and intelligence often struggle to acknowledge their flaws and learn from peers.”

“When leadership team members avoid discomfort among themselves, they only transfer it in far greater quantities to larger groups of people throughout the organization they’re supposed to be serving. In essence they leave it to others below them to resolve issues that really must be addressed at the top.”


“Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones” by James Clear

“Changes that seem small and unimportant at first will compound and turn into remarkable results if you’re willing to stick with them for years.”

“If you can get 1% better each day for one year, you’ll end up 37 times better by the time you’re done.”

“The most practical way to change who you are is to change what you do.”


“Death by Meeting: A Leadership Fable About Solving the Most Painful Problem in Business” by Patrick Lencioni

“The hard truth is, bad meetings almost always lead to bad decisions, which is the best recipe for mediocrity.”

“To make our meetings more effective, we need to have multiple types of meetings, and clearly distinguish between the various purposes, formats, and timing of those meetings.”

“When a group of intelligent people come together to talk about issues that matter, it is both natural and productive for disagreement to occur. Resolving those issues is what makes a meeting productive, engaging, even fun.”

Happy reading!


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Sofia Arisheh

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