This was going to start as a “highly recommended list”, but then that list would be too large to work! Instead, we’ve tried to group them into “categories” instead of just one long list. I hope it helps.

As we read more books (or remember the ones we’ve already read :), we’ll add it to the list.

(Also note, some of the books may not be where you think they should be or could be. For some of them it has been a while since I’ve read them, so as we revisit the books, we may move them. If you have any suggestions or comments, email us at Thanks!)

Where-to-start Leadership Books

If you are looking to just pick up a book or two on leadership, these are some of our top recommendations for that.

It’s Your Ship – Michael Abrashoff

Extreme Ownership – Jocko Willink & Leif Babin

Leadership is Language – L. David Marquet

Leadership Strategy and Tactics – Jocko Willink

The Leadership Gap – Lolly Daskal

Great books for new leaders (and those wanting to become leaders)

Developing the Leader Within You 2.0 – John Maxwell

Leadership 101 – John Maxwell

Leading Without Authority – Keith Ferrazzi

21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership – John Maxwell

21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader – John Maxwell

Great leadership books that could be considered geared more toward small businesses and entrepreneurs

The Emyth Revisited – Michael E. Gerber

Entreleadership – Dave Ramsey

Beyond Entrepreneurship 2.0 – Jim Collins & Bill Lazier

Great books for teams, team building, feedback, motivation, and culture

The Ideal Team Player – Patrick Lencioni

The 5 Dysfunctions of a Team – Patrick Lencioni

Teamwork 101 – John Maxwell

The Culture Code – Daniel Coyle

Unstoppable Teams – Alden Mills

HBR Guide to Collaborative Teams

Silos, Politics, and Turf Wars – Patrick Lencioni

Quiet Leadership – David Rock

Coaching for Emotional Intelligence – Bob Wall

Radical Candor – Kim Scott

The Truth About Employee Engagement – Patrick Lencioni

Drive – Daniel Pink

Great management books

(Note: to be a great manager, you also need to be a great leader, so don’t think none of these other books don’t apply to you :).

The First Time Manager – Jim McCormick, et al.

The Making of a Manager – Julie Zhuo

Great books on Meetings

The Surprising Science of Meetings – Patrick Lencioni

Death by Meeting – Patrick Lencioni

Other great Leadership Books

Leaders Eat Last – Simon Sinek

Start With Why – Simon Sinek

Leadership & Self Deception – The Arbinger Institute

Dare to Lead – Brené Brown

Leading at a Higher Level – Ken Blanchard

The 360 Degree Leader– John Maxwell

Good Leaders Ask Great Questions – John Maxwell

The Advantage – Patrick Lencioni

Great Leaders Have No Rules – Kevin Kruse

The Infinite Game – Simon Sinek

Turn the Ship Around! – L. David Marquet

Leading With Gratitude  – Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton

How Toyota Became #1 – David Magee

Start With Why – Simon Sinek

Remote Work Revolution – Tsedal Neeley

The Essential Drucker – Peter Drucker

Great company-building books

Good to Great – Jim Collins

Great By Choice – Jim Collins

Built to Last – Jim Collins

Other miscellaneous management/leadership/company-buildingish books

Managing for Results – Peter Drucker

Managing in a Time of Great Change – Peter Drucker

The Innovator’s Dilemma – Clayton M. Christensen

Great story-based books

The 5 Temptations of a CEO – Patrick Lencioni

Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive – Patrick Lencioni

The Motive – Patrick Lencioni

Getting Naked – Patrick Lencioni

Death by Meeting – Patrick Lencioni

Silos, Politics, and Turf Wars – Patrick Lencioni

The Truth About Employee Engagement – Patrick Lencioni

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team – Patrick Lencioni

The Ideal Team Player – Patrick Lencioni

Okay, just about any Patrick Lencioni Book ???? There are other good ones similar.  I’ll add them when I remember them.

Great marketing related books

Storybrand – Donald Miller

$100M Offers – Alex Hormozi

$100M Leads – Alex Hormozi

Contagious – Jonah Berger

Unthinking – Harry Beckwith

Influence – Robert B. Cialdini

Presuasion – Robert B. Cialdini

Great sales related books

To Sell is Human – Daniel Pink

The Ultimate Sales Machine – Chet Holmes

The Psychology of Selling – Brian Tracy

The Sales EDGE – Gene McNaughton

Great Problem Solving Books

Stop Guessing – Nat Greene

Think Smarter – Michael Kallet

Problem Solving 101 – Ken Watanabe

The Thinker’s Toolkit –  Morgan D. Jones

Why Not? – Barry Nalebuff and Ian Ayres

Great Conflict Resolution Books

Crucial Conversations – Joseph Grenny, Kerry Patterson, Ron McMillan, Al Switzler, and Emily Gregory

When Goliaths Clash- Howard M. Guttman

Difficult Conversations – Douglas Stone, Bruce Patton, and Sheila Heen

Working with You is Killing Me – Katherine Crowley and Kathi Elster

Fierce Conversations – Susan Scott

The Anatomy of Peace – The Arbinger Institute

Great Time Management/Productivity/Procrastination books

Get More Done at Work – Thomas R. Harris

Organize Tomorrow Today – Dr. Jason Selk and Tom Bartow

15 Secrets Successful People Know About Time Management – Kevin Kruse

Eat That Frog! – Brian Tracy

Master Your Time Master Your Life – Brian Tracy

Getting Things Done – David Allen

Great Personal Goal Setting Books

Goals!  – Brian Tracy

The Magic Lamp – Keith Ellis

Your Best Year Ever – Michael Hyatt

Hard Goals – Mark Murphy

Great (or Greatish) Business-specific Goal Setting Books

The 4 Disciplines of Execution  – Chris McChesney, Sean Covey, and Jim Huling

Measure What Matters – John Doerr

Great Decision Making Books

Decisive – Dan Heath and Chip Heath

Thinking in Bets – Annie Duke

Thinking, Fast and Slow – Daniel Kahneman

Smart Choices – John S. Hammond, Ralph L. Keeney, and Howard Raiffa

Nudge – Richard H. Thaler and Cass R. Sunstein

The paradox of Choice – Barry Schwartz

Why Not? – Barry Nalebuff and Ian Ayres

Algorithms to Live By – Brian Christian and Tom Griffiths

How We Decide – Jonah Lehrer

Great personal growth books

13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do – Amy Morin

The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking – Edward B. Burger and Michael Starbird

High Performing Habits – Brendon Burchard

Atomic Habits – James Clear

The Success Principles – Jack Canfield and Janet Switzer

The Bible

Other great books that we’ve enjoyed

Think Again – Adam Grant

Rejecion Proof – Jia Jiang

Cues – Vanessa Van Edwards

The Charisma Myth – Olivia Fox Cabane

Captivate – Vanessa Van Edwards

The Like Switch – Jack Schafer & Marvin Karlins

The Psychology of Money – Morgan Housel

Smarter Faster Better – Charles Duhigg

The War of Art – Steven Pressfield  (warning – has a bit of language in it, if that’s a concern)

Deep Work –  Cal Newport

How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big – Scott Adams

Principles – Ray Daleo

The Honest Truth About Dishonesty – Dan Arierly

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