Published On: January 11th, 2024

The business landscape is in a constant state of evolution, shaped by advancements in technology, changing regulations, and dynamic market trends. To navigate these shifts effectively, one must possess a deep understanding of their industry in addition to broader business principles.  

Reading enriches our understanding, providing insights into diverse perspectives, innovative strategies, and lessons learned by successful leaders. It allows us to broaden our horizons and glean wisdom from experiences beyond our own, equipping us to make informed decisions and steer our organization toward success. 

Anecdotes from my journey underscore the importance of continuous learning.  

Throughout my career, I have encountered countless challenges and opportunities that demanded quick thinking and strategic approaches. Often, the solutions emerged from the knowledge and perspectives I had acquired through reading, particularly books for management.  

As a CEO, I place significant emphasis on the value of continuous learning and growth, especially through avid reading. 

Why Should You Read Business Leadership Books? 

Engaging with a variety of books has honed my critical thinking skills, enriched my communication abilities, and provided me with a reservoir of ideas to draw upon when devising business strategies.  

A dedicated commitment to reading not only enhances one’s professional capabilities but also fosters a culture of lifelong learning within the organization, contributing to collective success and adaptability in an ever-evolving business landscape. 

Microphone with Text and AEF logoThe following is a carefully curated list of books that have shaped my outlook by granting me perspective, resources, and encouragement along my business journey. They are some of the best books on leadership and communication that I have come across. I started sharing this list with other business leaders and the reception was so enthusiastic, that in 2023 I launched a Podcast to speak with other professionals about the insights they gained from reading these books, to spread knowledge about how to be an effective leader. 

In each episode of my podcast, Practical and Positive Leadership, I discuss a book I’ve chosen with another industry leader. In addition to these books, I’d like to pass on my personal reading list to you.  

These books have enriched my perspective and made me a more positive and effective leader. I hope that they do the same for you. If you have any recommendations of your own, I’d love to hear them.  

MONICA’S BOOKS 

“The Energy Bus” by Jon Gordon 

“The Ideal Team Player’ by Patrick Lencioni 

“Doing the Impossible” by Patrick Bet-David 

“Start with Why” by Simon Sinek 

“The One Minute Manager” by Ken Blanchard 

“Power vs Force” By David Hawkins 

“Scaling Up” By David R. Hawkins 

“One Yellow Brick” By Melissa Swader 

“The Power of Positive Leadership” by Jon Gordon 

“Stop Overthinking” By Nick Trenton 

“The 6 Types of Working Genius” Patrick Lencioni 

“The Seed” By Jon Gordon 

“The Garden” By Jon Gordon 

“The Carpenter” By Jon Gordon 

“The Power of a Positive Team” By Jon Gordon 

“Leadership is Language” By L. David Marquet 

“The Four Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive” By Patrick Lencioni 

“Your Next Five Moves” By Patrick Bet-David 

“Silos, Politics, and Turf Wars” By Patrick Lencioni 

“Take Control of your Life” By Mel Robbins 

“How Remarkable Women Lead” By Joanna Barsh, Susie Cranston 

“The Five Dysfunctions of a Team” By Patrick Lencioni 

“The Motive” By Patrick Lencioni 

“You’ve Got This” By Margi Warrell 

“Getting Naked” By Patrick Lencioni 

“The High 5 Habit” By Mel Robbins 

“How to be a Great Boss” By Gino Wickman, Rene Boer 

“Brave, Not Perfect” By Reshma Saujani 

“Dare to Lead” By Brene Brown 

‘The Advantage” By Patrick Lencioni 

“Stop Saying You’re Fine” By Mel Robbins 

“The Secret of Letting Go” By Guy Finley 

“Kick Ass” By Mel Robbins 

“Work It Out” By Mel Robbins 

“The 5 Second Rule” By Mel Robbins 

“Unleash the Power Within” By Tony Robbins 

“Get Out of Your Own Way” By Dave Hollis 

“Girl Stop Apologizing” By Rachel Hollis 

“Girl Wash Your Face” By Rachel Hollis 

“Didn’t See That Coming” By Rachel Hollis