The 10 Best Books to Strengthen Your Leadership and Grow Your Organization
By Craig Groeschel
If you don’t prepare for growth, you’re unintentionally preparing for decline.
In this post, I outline 10 powerful books that have helped strengthen my leadership and grow our organization. In no particular order ...
1. Developing the Leader Within You – John C. Maxwell
You don’t develop as a leader accidentally. You develop intentionally.
Developing the Leader Within You is John Maxwell’s first leadership book and, in my opinion, one of his best. Don’t miss it.
For more, John and I talk about some of his best leadership concepts in this episode of the podcast.
2. First, Break All the Rules: What the World’s Greatest Managers Do Differently – Marcus Buckingham, Curt Coffman
What sets great leaders apart? Gallup’s research on 80,000 managers shows what they have in common: non-traditional mindsets that make them great.
3. Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap...and Others Don’t – Jim Collins
How do you transform an organization on an “okay” trajectory to achieve lasting success? Jim Collins’ classic Good to Great will show you how.
So many team members at Life.Church say this was the book that changed how they work. A must-read.
4. The Leadership Challenge: How to Make Extraordinary Things Happen in Organizations – Barry Z. Posner, James M. Kouzes
Motivational leaders push you to do more, but inspirational leaders pull your best out of you.
If you want your organization to thrive, you have a very specific role to fill. This book will help you pull extraordinary results and growth out of your team.
5. Never Split the Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended on It – Chris Voss
As a leader, train yourself never to gripe about what you allow. Never complain about something you tolerate. You are the leader—lead to the desired result.
On top of being the most entertaining book on this list, Never Split the Difference teaches you how to tactfully approach every leadership conversation.
For an introduction to Chris and his book, listen to this episode of our Leadership Podcast.
6. Predictable Success: Getting Your Organization on the Growth Track—and Keeping It There – Les McKeown
Goals don’t determine success. Systems determine success. But if you have too many systems, they’ll eventually drag your organization down.
This book shows you how to bring sustained, lasting, predictable success to your organization by maintaining the right balance of systems and flexibility.
Goals don’t determine success. Systems determine success.