Books for Young Leaders
that Can Chart Their Careers

By Davis Miller
January 10, 2014

Leadership is a valued quality that not everyone possesses. Through reading, those with the desire to lead can maximize their management qualities and succeed in the business environment.

There are plenty of good books to help young leaders chart their careers. The following seven are must-reads for young entrepreneurs and aspiring business people of the new generation. They provide invaluable insights on human experiences and they’re truly beneficial and inspirational to young leaders.

“The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho

The Alchemist is the story of Santiago, a shepherd boy who aspires to travel in search of a worldly treasure.

He goes on a journey from his home in Spain to the markets of Tangiers. On the way, he has a momentous encounter with the alchemist. The inspirational story of his journey teaches readers about the importance of listening to one’s heart, learning to read the omens along life’s path, and pursuing lifelong dreams.

“Drive” by Daniel H. Pink

“Drive” is an excellent book that provides readers with surprising and helpful information about what motivates us and it reveals the secrets to better performance in all aspects of our lives.

Self-motivation and perseverance are critical skills for successful leaders, which is why Pink’s work is extremely beneficial for young leaders. He stresses the importance of finding meaningful work and examines the three components of true motivation: autonomy, mastery, and purpose.

“How to Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie

How to Win Friends and Influence People offers worthwhile advice for young leaders hoping to succeed in business and in their private lives. Personal relationships and connections are critical to successful leadership, and Dale Carnegie shows readers how to strategize while interacting with people in a meaningful way.

“The War of Art” by Steve Pressfield

The War of Art provides insight into helping readers overcome the challenges they will face in their path to becoming successful leaders. It is an engaging and practical guide to prospering as a leader through creativity.

Pressfield explores what holds us back from achieving our goals and offers solutions to combat the forces that prevent success. He encourages readers to share their work with the world in order to succeed.

“Team of Rivals” by Doris Kearns Goodwin

“Team of Rivals” provides future leaders with inspiration for success. Based on President Lincoln’s mastery of men and how it impacted the arguably most significant presidency in the nation’s history, young leaders will be inspired to achieve greatness when they will read this book.

”Team of Rivals” is the phrase coined by historians to describe the unprecedented coalition of political opponents assembled by President Abraham Lincoln during a period when few of his contemporaries thought it was possible.

Aspiring business people and even ordinary students with a passion for the business world will learn how different viewpoints can make them admirable and effective leaders.

“Steve Jobs” by Walter Isaacson

The book is an authorized biography of Steve Jobs, one of the world’s richest, smartest, and most innovative business individuals. Written by Walter Isaacson, the book includes over 40 interviews with Apple’s founder, as well as additional interviews from Job’s friends, competitors, family members, and colleagues.

The writer was given unparalleled access into the life of Steve Jobs and although he asked for a copy prior to agreeing the publishing of the book, he didn’t change anything Walter Isaacson wrote.

“The Other 90%” by Robert K. Cooper

“The Other 90%” is a must-read for everyone. It talks about the core origins of understanding others and yourself, as well as about being a leader in every sense of the word. Both the human being and the entrepreneur are leaders, only they operate in different domains.

Cooper’s astounding book is focused on the art of inspiration and motivation; he mentions that without bright ideas and innovative thinking we can’t turn our dreams into reality, and our expectations into facts.

There’s no doubt that books can help chart one’s career regardless of the chosen domain. Leading people and attaining success in the business world can be excruciating. You can’t win if you’re not ready to fail.

Reading books can motivate you to move on and never give up. The road to stardom and great achievements is not paved with roses; always remember that practice makes perfect, and it’s paramount to learn from mistakes, admit your faults, and move on.

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