Three Leadership Books That Are A Quick Read For Great Influencing Skills
The best leaders are the learners. There are two ways to learn: through direct experience and through the experience of others. Books are an incredibly effective way to spread the ideas of others. A book that took several months to write to the author, after many years of experience and processing, will only take a few hours to read. It is an incredible return of wisdom for the time invested. With that in mind, here are books on the influence of leadership that deserve your precious attention.
Leadership effectiveness starts from within before connecting with others
Leadership Book 1: The Loudest Guest – How To Change And Control Your Relationship With Fear by Dr Amy Silver
Psychologist Dr Amy Silver discovers all the juiciness of fear: why it dominates our thinking, sidelines our goals and gets in our way, all to protect us. It offers a step-by-step approach to recognize and reframe our experience. The stages include: recognition, self-compassion, separation, evaluation, decision and experimentation.
You might recognize your fear in these kinds of ways:
Dealing with fear is crucial for a strong leadership mindset
Say yes or take too much
Trying to please others
And even FOMO – fear of missing out
Self-compassion is one of the most beautiful steps in the process. Much better than “feel the fear and do it anyway” or “break the fear”.
Amy’s Book is a lovely and warm journey through fear, with stories from other people of how they met and spoke in their loudest voices of fear, finding a soft voice.
Telling stories is one of the essential leadership skills that we must master in order to influence
Leadership Book 2: Magnetic Stories – Connect with Customers and Engage Employees with Brand Storytelling by Gabrielle Dolan
This leadership book is easy and delicious; read. Why? These are mostly stories, of course! Ral brings his case to life with great sample stories for the five types of brand stories every business needs: Creative Stories, Culture Stories, Customer Stories, Challenge Stories, and Community Stories.
The witty sides of Ral in the footnotes and comments make this book as fun as it is useful. It includes how-to questions and steps to get started with your own business stories.
Service is one of the leadership qualities you will never regret
Book 3: Service Habits – Small Steps to Strengthen Relationships with the People You Serve by Jaquie Scammel
As Jaquie reminds us, any business is about relationships. Customer service is the key to this. The book introduces us to 27 key habits, all great for empathizing leadership. Mindfulness is one of the first initial habits: it draws our full attention to others and helps us not to be disconnected (and rude). Many habits are a deep dive into emotional intelligence. I felt like a better human for reading the book.
What books are you reading at the moment? How do you develop your leadership qualities and skills?