While much about the business world has changed, the core nature of leadership remains the same: The best leaders are always learning, seeking expert knowledge, elevating their teams, and pushing those around them to improve.
Being an entrepreneur is all fun until you realize that you’re actually not as experienced as others. Your knowledge might not be at the same level as those who’ve been in the business for twenty years and that scares you.
For any Millennial leader looking to take his or her leadership to the next level, here are 10 must-reads covering everything from personal improvement to leadership to brand-building.
Some of the best leadership books can help Millennial leaders set themselves apart in a crowded landscape.
Regardless of the quality of the product or service you provide, the only way to excel in a competitive marketplace is to establish relationships with customers and build an authentic, consistent brand.
John Hall, the co-founder of Calendar.com and a top motivational speaker, provides a step-by-step roadmap to help any entrepreneur build an excellent brand and foster trusted relationships with customers, partners, and potential talent alike.
As the founder of the lifestyle website TheChicSite.com and CEO of her own media company, Rachel Hollis developed an immense online community by sharing tips for better living while fearlessly revealing the messiness of her own life.
Now, in this challenging and inspiring new book, Rachel exposes the twenty lies and misconceptions that too often hold us back from living joyfully and productively, lies we’ve told ourselves so often we don’t even hear them anymore.
In this New York Times bestseller, media entrepreneur Rachel Hollis gives readers guidance on how to overcome self-doubt, push aside excuses, and pursue their innate potential.
Many Millennials feel burned out by the pressures of daily life, and Hollis helps readers rise above those challenges by honestly detailing her own struggles and sharing how she worked — and continues to work — to overcome them.
This memoir features humor, emotional turmoil, and inspiration in equal parts, and the result is a story of the power of self-reliance and resilience.
Great leadership is driven by consistent improvement, but with all the demands on a young leader’s time, it can be hard to find the hours needed to learn and grow.
Ibarra, an accomplished professor at INSEAD, provides steps leaders can take to optimize their role, ensuring they spend less time on urgent busywork and more time building relationships, crafting strategy, and improving.
Becoming a sharp business strategist takes time, and Ibarra’s book will help readers make the changes needed to hone their skills.
Act Like a Leader, Think Like a Leader, she offers advice to help you:
Redefine your job in order to make more strategic contributions.
Diversify your network so that you connect to, and learn from, a bigger range of stakeholders.
Become more playful with your self-concept, allowing your familiar—and possibly outdated—leadership style to evolve
Most young professionals are told to find something they’re passionate about as a vocation.
A Millennial himself, MIT professor Cal Newport challenges this advice, and this book explores his research on how passion can come from the satisfaction of becoming excellent at a profession.
Newport interviewed a wide range of professionals who derive satisfaction from their work — including screenwriters, farmers, and investors — and shares how any person can build passion for his or her work with the right effort and outlook.
If you’re worried about falling into a career you don’t love, Newport offers potential relief and an outlook-changing guide to self-actualization.
So much of leadership depends upon understanding other people and recognizing that what works for one person doesn’t work for all.
Gretchen Rubin, a researcher, author, and former attorney, crafted a defining study based on one question: How do people respond to expectations?
The more we understand about people, the more capable we are of leading — Rubin’s work gives strategies leaders can use to understand others and adjust their behavior to better motivate and empower them.
She discovered that based on their answer, people fit into Four Tendencies: Upholders, Questioners, Obligers, and Rebels.
Our Tendency shapes every aspect of our behaviour, so using this framework allows us to make better decisions, meet deadlines, suffer less stress, and engage more effectively.
Serial entrepreneur Deep Patel provides a heartwarming, wisdom-laden tale of how any leader, regardless of the size or industry of his or her business, can get ahead with thoughtful strategy, diligent work, and a will to improve.
Though Patel’s book is a work of fiction, it’s a fun, easy read that inspires readers to make the most of any situation and bring value to others in whatever way possible.
Millennials have spent a majority of their lives with technological advancements like social media and smartphones. While in many ways these shifts have connected us, they also provide a constant source of distraction.
In this book, entrepreneur and researcher Nir Eyal explores why we’re predisposed to distraction, how we can break out of that tendency, and how we can gain control of our lives.
This book is a valuable resource for digital natives who don’t want technology to keep them from living their lives.
In Indistractable, behavioural designer Nir Eyal reveals the hidden psychology driving you to distraction.
Empowering and optimistic, this is the book that will help you design your time, realise your ambitions, and live the life you really want.
Let’s face it — if you’re not learning, you’re falling behind. By investing time in books like these, you can stay ahead of the game and keep growing as a leader.