Category: Books by Leaders

Books by Leaders ~ John Adair

JohnadairfinalJohn Adair is world’s leading authority on leadership and leadership development and one of the 40 leading people who have contributed to the development of management thought and practices across the world. This international leadership consultant advises a wider range of organizations in business, government, voluntary sector, education and health. He has written over 50 books on leadership, management and history that have been translated into eighteen languages. Here, we are mentioning books that help small business owners in developing and encouraging your employees for the organization success.

“John Adair is the first professor of Leadership Studies in the world and he remains the most distinguished figure in the field.” ~ The Sunday Times

“Authoritative and Wise.” ~ Warren Bennis, Distinguished Professor of Management, University of Southern California

  • How to Grow Leaders: The Seven Key Principles of Effective Development ~ John Adair
  • This is a groundbreaking book on leadership development, helps managers and trainers to encourage and develop the leadership skills in others while gaining excellence as leader by themselves. This provoking book is divided into two parts:

    1. Part 1: “Exploring Leadership – A personal Odyssey” (In this part 1, the author takes you to a journey of discovery on the nature of leadership, and how it can be taught)
    2. Part 2: “How to Grow leaders– The seven principles” (In this part 2, author identifies the seven key principles and answers the questions on how to select, train, educate leaders at team, operational and strategic levels)
      1. Principle 1: Training for leadership
      2. Principle 2: Selection
      3. Principle 3: Line managers as leadership mentors
      4. Principle 4: The chance to lead
      5. Principle 5: Education for leadership
      6. Principle 6: A strategy for leadership development
      7. Principle 7: The chief executive
    3. This book is available in Kindle, Hardcover and Paperback

  • Effective Leadership Masterclass: Secrets of success from the world’s greatest leaders ~ John Adair
  • This is a wonderful guide that teaches aspiring managers on the essential leadership skills required to be a successful leader. In this book, author illustrates the principles and philosophy of great leaders such as Julius Caesar, Alexander the Great and Napoleon; Churchill, Charles de Gaulle and Abraham Lincoln; Field Marshalls Slim and Montgomery. This helps managers how to apply these principles in their own methods.

    The author elucidates various issues such as whether knowledge and experience are enough to make someone as a leader, what the critical leadership styles are. This books teaches managers to become a better manager by illlustrating on:

    1. How to remain calm under pressure?
    2. How to make the right decisions?
    3. How to communicate effectively?
    4. How to inspire while informing?

    This book consists of 10 chapters:

    1. Leadership through knowledge
    2. Leadership skills
    3. A leader of leaders
    4. Charisma
    5. The servant leaders
    6. Nelson
    7. Making the right decisions
    8. The art of inspiring while informing
    9. Styles of leadership
    10. Leadership for tomorrow

Books by Leaders ~ John C Maxwell

John MaxwellJohn C Maxwell is a renowned leadership expert, entrepreneur, speaker, coach and author. He founded EQUIP and the John Maxwell Company. He trained more than five million leaders in 126 countries. He has inspired numerous Fortune 500 companies, international government organizations, non-profit and educational institutions. He is enthusiastic to leadership, and likes to learn and grow in leadership, to help other grow as leaders. He tailors each presentation such that it is in sink with the specific audience.

In the words of Kevin Turner, Chief Operating Officer, Microsoft Corporation, “We have seen a positive impact on our business since we brought John in to speak to our global leadership team. His influence and teachings lifted our leaders and improved our leadership capability. We look forward to having him back.”

Maxwell is a best-selling author of New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Business Week who has sold over 19 million books. He authored over 70 books on various topics in leadership, communication, success, relationships, teamwork, attitude and personal growth. In this article, we are going to review one of his best books that help small business owners in enhancing leaderships skills and help boost their employees’ productivity.

The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership: Follow Them and People Will Follow You – John C. Maxwell

In this book, John C. Maxwell highlights 21 irrefutable laws on leadership and explains each law with a story relevant to it. Each law works like a tool and is easy to learn, practice and apply them at your workplace. At the end of each chapter, exercises are given, which help you to put them into practice.

As you read this book, you will come to know some of the laws that are already in practice and some are not. Author says, “No matter where you are in learning process of leadership: the greater number of laws you learn, the better leader you will become.”

Takeaways from the book: There are many positive things that a reader can learn from this book such as leadership develops daily, and not in a day; trust is the foundation of leadership; leaders find a way for their team to win and many more. This is one of the most recommended books for those who aspire to become leaders.

John C Maxwell has distilled the art of leadership into 21 laws. These laws not only help at your workplace but also at your personal life. Enumerated are the laws:

  1. The Law of the Lid: Leadership Ability Determines a Person’s Level of effectiveness.
  2. The Law of Influence: The True Measure of Leadership is Influence- Nothing More, Nothing Less.
  3. The Law of Process: Leadership Develops Daily, Not in a Day.
  4. The Law of Navigation: Anyone Can Steer the Ship, but It Takes a Leader to Chart the Course.
  5. The Law of Addition: Leaders Add Value by Serving Others.
  6. The Law of Solid Ground: Trust is the Foundation of Leadership.
  7. The Law of Respect: People Naturally Follow Leaders Stronger Than Themselves.
  8. The Law of Intuition: Leaders Evaluate Everything with a Leadership Bias.
  9. The Law of Magnetism: Who You Are Is Who You Attract.
  10. The Law of Connection: Leaders Touch a Heart Before They Ask for a Hand.
  11. The Law of the Inner Circle: A Leader’s Potential is Determined by Those Closest to Him.
  12. The Law of Empowerment: Only Secure Leaders Give Power to Others.
  13. The Law of the Picture: People Do What People See.
  14. The Law of the Buy-In: People Buy In to the Leader, Then the Vision.
  15. The Law of Victory: Leaders Find a Way for Their Team to Win.
  16. The Law of the Big Mo: Momentum is a Leader’s Best Friend.
  17. The Law of Priorities: Leaders Understand That Activity Is Not Necessarily Accomplishment.
  18. The Law of Sacrifice: A Leader Must Give Up to Go Up.
  19. The Law of Timing: When to Lead Is As Important As What to Do and Where to Go.
  20. The Law of Explosive Growth: To Add Growth, Lead Followers-To Multiply, Lead Leaders.
  21. The Law of the Legacy: A Leader’s Lasting Value Is Measured by Succession.

Prominent reviews on this book:

  • “Our nation and its institutions are crying out for leaders. John Maxwell . . . shows us the true path to leadership through the application of timeless principles supported by the bedrock of personal character.” – Edward C. Emma, President & COO, Jockey International, Inc.
  • “An irrefutable must-read on leadership that is a simple and powerful list of guidelines to help build leadership in many arenas.” – S. Truett Cathy, Founder and Chairman, Chick-Fil-A, Inc.

This book is available in Kindle, paperback and hardcover.

Best Books by Leaders ~ Jack Welch

JackwelchJack Welch is a legendary leader and an author ever in business history. He is a commentator, business executive and was a chairman and CEO of General Electric between 1981 and 2001. After his retirement in 2001, he traveled around the world – speaking with more than 250,000 people on the wide range of topics. He has written philosophical and pragmatic books that boost people at every level of an organization. Here are some of his best books.

– Winning ~ Jack Welch & Suzy Welch: Jack Welch’s main goal is to help everyone who has the passion to succeed. This book is packed with Jack Welch’s personal anecdotes on original thinking, solution to every problem that will change the people the way they think about work. In the introduction of the book, he highlights the importance of values, candor, differentiation, and voice and dignity for all. The book is split into three sections:

  • In the first section, Jack Welch talks about leadership, how to pick winners in the organization to make change happen.
  • In the second section, he talks on outside the organization – competition with strategies, mergers and the Six Sigma.
  • In the last section, he talks about the career i.e., right from finding a job to a work-life balance.

Prominent Reviews on this book:

  • “Reading Jack Welch’s plain language, high-energy book Winning is like getting the playbook of the Super Bowl Champions before the game. It’s a big head start on how to master the corporate game form the entry level to the corporate suites, He is the master” ~ Tom Brokaw, former anchor and managing editor, NBC Nightly News
  • “When you talk with Jack about management, his energy and passion fill the room, You get a similar experience with this book – the same qualities jump at you from every page.” ~ Warren. Buffett, chairman, Berkshire Hathaway
  • “A candid and comprehensive look at how to succeed in business-for everyone from college graduates to CEOs” ~ Bill Gates, Chairman, Microsoft Coroporation

The book is available in Hardcover, Paperback, Kindle in

– Winning: The Answers: Confronting 74 of the Toughest Questions in Business Today ~ Jack Welch & Suzy Welch
In this management book, Jack Welch sparked off questions from college students, business professionals, entrepreneurs’ treatise on fundamentals of business practices and many more. It is a best management book worth to place it in your bookshelf. This book is split into six sections:

  • The first section talks about “Global competition” like getting global before it gets you, why Paris is burned and so on.
  • The second section talks about “Leadership – on being a better boss” outlining ‘Are the leaders are born or made’, the leadership mindset, Winning the Whining game, Building the Trust from top down, etc.
  • The third section talks about the “Management principles and practices” outlining on getting the best people, the danger of doing nothing, the real job of HR, paying big time on failure, etc.
  • The fourth section talks about the “Careers” outlining on what, should I do with the rest of my life? I am who am I, The bad boss no brainier, why can’t I get hired, etc.
  • The fifth section talks about the “Private held” outlining on the consequences of cashing out, bringing the outside in, etc.
  • The sixth section talks about the “Winning and losing” – outlines on what do you call winning? The real verdict on business, What to tell the grand children, etc.

Prominent Reviews on this book:

  • “There is a lifetime of wisdom about business, and life, packed into Jack Welch’s Winning. It is unquestionably the best management book to come along in a while – breezy, concrete, and spiced with the right amount of humility and refreshingly void of management hokum.” ~ The Washington Post
  • “In Winning Welch dispenses the sharp-edged business acumen that earned him a reputation as a daunting corporate reader. He is giving back what he learned and not just to follow CEOs. He is able to write a book that might just reach the rest of us.” ~ USA Today
  • “An engaging, free flowing book that every executive should read.” ~ Business Today

– Jack: Straight from the Gut ~ Jack Welch and John A. Byrne
This remarkable autobiography is full of anecdotes and insights explaining that management is an art and a discipline that can be learned, improved and mastered. It is a story about a man who is demanding best from others and from himself. The book is split into five sections:

  • The first section talks about “Early Years” outlining on building self-confidence, getting out of the pile, blowing the roof off, swimming in bigger pond, etc.
  • The second section talks about “Building a philosophy” outlines on dealing with reality and superficial congeniality, the visiting thing, the people factory, Boundary less: Taking ideas to the bottom line, etc.
  • The third section talks about “ups and downs” – outlines too full of myself, when to fight and when to fold, etc.
  • The fourth section talks about “Game changers” and outlines on globalization, six sigma and beyond, E-business etc.
  • In the fifth section talks about “Looking backward and looking forward” – Go home Mr. Welch, What this CEO thing all about, etc.

Prominent Reviews on this books:

  • “All CEOs want to emulate Jack Welch. They won’t be able to, but they’ll come closer if they listen carefully to what he has to say.” ~ Warren Buffet, chairman, Berkshire Hathaway
  • “True confessions of a CEO…of interest to anyone who really cares about business.” ~ Newsday
  • “Jack Welch gave team leadership new meaning as he took an industrial giant and turned it into an industrial colossus with a heart and a soul and a brain.” ~ Michael D. Eisner, chairman and CEO The Walt Disney Company

Jack Welch is a legendary leader of business industry who taught us many lessons on management, business and leadership.

As a small business owner, it is imperative to have skills to boost yourself and your employees for the business’s success. Reading these books helps you build qualities that are essential to run your business.