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Whenever we look for a reference from bibliographic sources on leadership, we always receive the same titles.
Classic books, for example: How to Win Friends and Influence People, by Dale Carnegie; Stephen Covey's 7 Habits of Highly Effective People ; o John Irwell's 21 Irrefutable Laws on Leadership .
And on the other hand, contemporary classics such as: The leaders eat at the end, by Simon Sinek or Tribes , by Seth Godin.
But don't get me wrong interpreters, all of these books are extraordinary and should definitely be on your reading list this year in case you haven't read them.
However, there are other books that did not receive as much publicity, were not lucky enough to have a major publishing house, or simply did not have to live in the time of the internet boom. That does not mean that they are not good, in fact, there are some that to my taste are better than some of the best-known titles.
For this reason I bring you a list of 5 leadership books that you surely have not heard. Perhaps some of them are no longer for sale or are not easy to find, but if one day they fall into your hands, you should read them.
1. John Maxwell's ABC of Leadership . This small but concise book is still readily available in bookstores, however it is generally overshadowed by the rest of its author's most renowned titles.
Maxwell has written and published more than 30 books among which he has some very successful bestsellers, among them: The 21 irrefutable laws of leadership, Sometimes he wins and sometimes he learns, Everyone communicates but few connect, etc.
Although this book does not stand out among the most important titles of Maxwell, it is a compact but very rich in content paperback. Only 125 pages are enough for Maxwell to accurately explain the essential qualities of a leader.
2. Larry Hammons' Youth and Teen Leadership . This book can only be used and you will hardly find it in bookstores. It is a small but practical and concise book. With only 100 pages Hammons manages to transmit much better the way to exercise our leadership than any course or short video.
This is an excellent book for anyone who is just starting out or wants to take a leadership lead and even though its title is focused on young people, anyone can read and immediately benefit from tons of it.
3. Steven Pressfield's The Warrior Ethos . Pressfield has also been a very prolific author in recent years. He writes from fiction and non-fiction books, among which are The Art War .
For the same reason some of his books have gone into the background, such is the case of The Warrior Ethos, that we could translate it as the Warrior Code.
This book brings up short stories of ancient Greek, Macedonian, Spartan, and Roman warriors whose code allowed them to strive for ideals far greater than themselves, ideals that every leader must embrace such as honor, magnanimity, empathy, inspiration, etc.
4. The Samurai Leader by Bill Diffenderffer . Definitely one of my favorite titles. In this book he introduces us to the Zen philosophy of the Samurai and gives us a unique insight into how these ancient warriors faced complex situations that are now brought into the business world.
Here you can find values forgotten in the West but which are indispensable for any modern leader.
Honor, courage, loyalty and compassion are some of the principles that were part of the Samurai code. Diffenderffer lived much of his life in eastern countries and was CEO of large multinational companies.
His experience and passion for oriental culture and business led him to write this excellent compendium of lessons that we will hardly see in other similar books.
5. John Baldoni's Leader MOXIE . This book is still available in most bookstores, however I decided to put it on this list because in my opinion it has not received the amount of attention it deserves.
The MOXIE Leader should be considered one of the contemporary classics of leadership. A book that describes the modern leader that corresponds to the new generations.
Its title refers to the acronym moxie, talking about how to have an open body M, O pportunities find, develop your X Factor, I nnovar and E mprender.