Most employees are eager to return to work – and companies that practice enlightened styles of employment will be able to build exceptional workforces with a keen interest in remaining employed for the long term.

Ingaging Leadership

Four Great Leadership Books to Read as 2024 Begins

Are you ready to lead your company into one of the most productive and positive periods it has ever experienced?

We know all too well that most of what we have been reading lately has been all about doom and gloom, and that considering the negatives is completely realistic and rational today. Who among us, after all, has ever been through a period like the pandemic?

Yet even in these very dark days, there is reason for optimism . . .

  • Businesses have learned new ways to continue to serve their customers – and stay competitive. The lessons they have learned about selling and customer service will make them more competitive in the recovery that is about to take place.
  • Customers are eager to get their lives back to normal – they want to shop, travel, send their kids to college, and get their lives back on track. There is much pent-up demand that will soon offer profit-making opportunities for companies that are ready to take advantage of it.
  • Most employees are eager to return to work – and companies that practice enlightened styles of employment will be able to build exceptional workforces with a keen interest in remaining employed for the long term.

Tone Up Your Recovery Leadership by Reading these Books

Now is the time to start thinking about the kind of leadership that it will take to continue to lead your organization during the coming upswing. Here are some books that offer important leadership lessons.

The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John Maxwell (Thomas Nelson Publications). This is one of the most successful books on leadership ever written. The “Laws” he writes about offer actionable advice on revitalizing a company’s structure and keeping it strong, even in difficult times.

Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life…And Maybe the World by Admiral William H. McRaven (Grand Central Publishing). This book became something of a classic on leadership when it was first published in 2017. Today, due to current trends and the pandemic, many of its leadership lessons seem even more applicable today. From its first recommendation (“Start Your Day with a Task Completed”) onward, this book’s advice is both motivational and practical.

Leadership: In Turbulent Times by Doris Kearns Goodwin (Simon & Schuster). Pulitzer Prize winner Doris Kearns Goodwin, who has written award-winning studies of FDR, LBJ and other leaders, offers insights in this book that seem just right at a time when our recovery is about to begin. She anchors her insights in historical observations about past American presidents. For leadership advice that resonates with real wisdom, we recommend this book.

Profiles in Courage: Decisive Moments in the Lives of Celebrated Americans by John F. Kennedy (Ishi Press).  We end our list with this classic book, written by John F. Kennedy, that won the Pulitzer Prize in 1957. JFK’s studies of critical challenges faced by John Quincy Adams, Daniel Webster and others offer insights that often seem just right for the challenges we are facing today. Highly recommended!

 

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