3 Essential Books About Business Leadership
There is much to be gained from the wisdom and experience of others. And while there are thousands of business books out there, a lot of them are dispensable to say the least, yet a few of them offer valuable insights into the challenges and opportunities of business leadership. The three we discuss below are required reading.
Change the Culture, Change the Game by Roger Connors and Tom Smith
This book takes a close look at the way organizational culture affects organizational success, and its impact has been sweeping to put it mildly. Company culture is something that lots of people talk about but few people really understand, and even fewer actually have control of. Connors and Smith are able to put their finger on the factors that really impact culture (rather than those that are assumed to impact culture) and show business leaders how they can turn a caustic culture into one that becomes an asset for the company. Anyone and everyone can glean something from this book.
Blue Ocean Strategy by W. Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne
The blue ocean of the title refers to a space in which businesses stand out from the competition and take control of their own destiny, rather than the hyper-competitive shark-infested waters most businesses operate in. This book is so worthwhile because it starts with a fairly audacious premise – that businesses can create uncontested markets for themselves – and presents it in a way that really seems possible for all businesses, regardless of size or industry. It’s exciting reading for any decision maker.
Leaders Make the Future by Bob Johansen
Johansen’s book looks at the present and future forces that make leadership a challenge, and then identifies ten essential characteristics leaders must possess in order to thrive moving forward. The book is so valuable because it starts from the premise that leadership is a huge challenge and that forces outside of your control often compromise your efforts. For any leader that has been blindsided by setbacks or struggled to deal with issues they never saw coming, it has a lot to offer. The book also offers the kinds of universal insights that every type of leader in every type of organization can learn from.
History has been filled with a lot of ineffective leaders and just a few truly great ones. Take the time to read these books and actually transfer their lessons into your career and you’ve taken the first steps to being one of those rare great ones. Find more resources to aid in your professional development by working with Artemis Consultants.