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Top 12 Must Read Leadership Books

As leaders we are continually called to be growing and developing. That goals is often accomplished by reading - that is why it is said that "leaders are readers". As a leader, I am constantly digesting books - especially ones about leadership. I know that this isn't an exhaustive list below, but here are some of the top leadership books you should have on your shelf and be ready to read (if you haven't already done so). Some of these books are classics. Some are fairly new and recent. Some are spiritual and ministry minded. Some are business and marketplace focused. Yet all of these books below are must read books for every leader.

Getting Things Done - David Allen

Making Ideas Happen -  Scott Belsky

7 Habits of Highly Effective People - Stephen R. Covey

Good to Great - Jim Collins

Spiritual Leadership - J. Oswald Sanders

Dangerous Calling - Paul David Tripp

Leaders Who Last - Dave Kraft

Decisive - Chip and Dan Heath

Courageous Leadership - Bill Hybels

Contemplative Pastor - Eugene H. Peterson

Any books you feel are missing from this list??


I would add Creativity, Inc. by Ed Catmull, the president of Pixar and Disney Animation. One of the best leadership books I've read, and on par with these best in class books.

ha, I am right in the middle of that book right now! great recommendation!

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