5 Books That Will Make You a Better Leader and Author

Books for Better Leadership and Authorship

Today, we’re diving into a topic that’s near and dear to my heart: books! Not just any books, but books that will make you a better leader and author. 

Why Books Matter

First off, let’s get real. In today’s fast-paced world, it’s easy to get caught up in podcasts, webinars, and online courses. But let’s not forget about good ol’ books! They’re a goldmine for deep learning, especially when it comes to leadership and authorship. So, grab a cuppa and your Kindle, hard copy, or audiobook. Let’s get reading!

1. “Leaders Eat Last” by Simon Sinek

Why You Should Read It

Simon Sinek is a guru when it comes to leadership. His book, “Leaders Eat Last,” dives deep into the psychology behind great leadership. You’ll learn how to create an environment where people feel safe and empowered—essential for anyone managing a team or even self-publishing a book.

Key Takeaways

  • The importance of trust
  • How to lead with empathy
  • Creating a circle of safety

2. “Bird by Bird” by Anne Lamott

Why You Should Read It

Anne Lamott is a goddess in the writing world, and her book “Bird by Bird” is no different. It’s a must-read for authors, jam-packed with tips on writing, discipline, and perseverance.

Key Takeaways

  • The shitty first draft (excuse the language, but it’s a term she uses!)
  • The value of writing routines
  • How to deal with writer’s block

3. “The Lean Startup” by Eric Ries

Why You Should Read It

Although this book is aimed at startups, the lessons in “The Lean Startup” are invaluable for authors. It’s all about minimizing risk and maximizing potential—a key for authorpreneurs.

Key Takeaways

  • The Build-Measure-Learn loop
  • The importance of pivoting
  • How to validate your book idea

4. “How to Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie

Why You Should Read It

A classic that still holds up! “How to Win Friends and Influence People” teaches you how to be likable and persuasive—essential skills for marketing your book.

Key Takeaways

  • The art of listening
  • How to make people feel important
  • Ways to persuade people without offending them

5. “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen Covey

Why You Should Read It

Covey’s “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” is an all-encompassing guide to being better at life, including being a leader and an author.

Key Takeaways

  • Be proactive
  • Begin with the end in mind
  • Put first things first

The Final Word

Alright, there you have it—five incredible books that are bound to elevate you in both your leadership and authorship journeys. Enjoy!

Published by Kelly Schuknecht

Kelly Schuknecht is a marketer with a background in the publishing industry. She is passionate about all things related to books and loves helping authors navigate the world of social media for book promotion. She recently launched the course Marketing Your Book on TikTok.

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