Summer is almost here! As you gather books to read on summer vacation, here are some of our top leadership book recommendations for you to consider…

Essentialism  by Greg McKeown
In the LeaderImpact community, this is one of our top recommended books outlining the disciplined pursuit of less in our busy culture.
A must read! There are an abundance of ‘golden nuggets’ in this book that allowed me to better focus my life and schedule on what is truly important.” -Lenny Williams, CPA

Leadership Is An Art  by Max De Pree
Rather than focusing on the “hows” of corporate life, De Pree explains the “whys”.
One small book that has some great wisdom and spoke to me professionally, personally and spiritually. You have likely heard him quoted: ‘…the first responsibility of a leader is to define reality and the last is to say thank you.’” -John Havercroft, LeaderImpact Managing Director

Becoming You For Women  by Wendy Turner Larsen
What would the world look like if women were confident, empowered, and fulfilled?
I am studying the book with other women leaders and it’s been an amazing experience as we share our struggles with perfectionism, people pleasing and overachieving.” -Lisa Peters, LeaderImpact Podcast Host

Good to Great  by Jim Collins
How can companies achieve enduring greatness? What are the distinguishing characteristics that propel a company from good to great?
Highly recommend! So much we can learn from the ‘hedgehog concept’, and the results produced by a humble, determined leader.” -Kari Yli-Renko, LeaderImpact Area Director

Integrity  by Henry Cloud
Dr. Henry Cloud, a clinical psychologist, shows how our character can keep us from achieving all we want to (or could) be.
I would highly recommend this book, as I believe a leader’s character is foundational for their ability to have an impact.” -Blair Nielsen, Account Manager

10 Second Rule  by Clare De Graaf
If you want to break out of this ‘spiritual gerbil cage’, this book is like a spiritual defibrillator!
I have read it several times. Living intentionally to see through God’s eyes to help someone in need, to make a change in my own life or others. In other words, don’t procrastinate, but take the risk and live life to the full.” -Dorothy Schroeder, LeaderImpact Resources and Development Director

Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy  by Eric Metaxas
A searing story of incredible moral courage in the face of monstrous evil.
Although I have many books about leadership in my library, this is my favourite!” -Roy Hildebrand, LeaderImpact International Director

Dare to Lead  by Brené Brown
Another top recommended book within the LeaderImpact community shows how to cultivate braver, more daring leaders and embed the value of courage in workplace culture.
I am grateful for the wisdom, honesty and courage found in the books written by Brené Brown and in particular, I highly recommend Dare to Lead.” -Peter Quek, LeaderImpact Development Director

Value(s): Building a Better World for All  by Mike Carney
This book offers a vision of a more humane society and a practical manifesto for getting there.
A book I highly recommend. Chapter 13 on value-based leadership is worth the price of the book!” -Paul Henderson, Canadian Hockey Legend & LeaderImpact Founder

Heroic Leadership: Best Practices from a 450-year-old Company that Changed the World  by Chris Lowney
This book reveals the leadership principles that have guided the Jesuits for more than 450 years and how these same principles can make each of us a dynamic leader in the twenty-first century.
This read was historically intriguing and incredibly relevant for any leader who wants to get better. Having read many leadership books, I didn’t expect this book would be a page turner when I cracked the cover. I was quickly hooked!” -Judy Hildebrandt, LeaderImpact Global

Becoming a Leader of Impact  by Braden Douglas
The first book written specifically for LeaderImpact is great for leaders wanting to create positive change and leave a lasting legacy.
This book is one of the best! It ties your personal, professional and spiritual life together to show how you can have a lasting impact in your life.” -Jeff Campbell, LeaderImpact National Director

The Integrated Life of Leaders  by Roger Osbaldiston
Our second book guides those who want to pursue a truly integrated approach to life and leadership.
This book illustrates the way to an integrated life and leadership through the stories of professionals around the world. The stories are about real people, real struggles and real victories.” -Professor Delanyo Adadevoch

One of the things we do in LeaderImpact Groups is discuss ideas and principles presented in many of the books mentioned above. If you would like to connect with other leaders in your community, we encourage you to check out a LeaderImpact Group!