Some of us are born leaders, some of us aren’t, and that’s all there is to it—at least, that’s what many of us believe. But the truth is that leadership is a skill like any other, one that can be improved with learning and practice. So to become a better leader than ever before, check out the seven superb reads below.
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1% Leadership: Master the Small, Daily Improvements That Set Great Leaders Apart
By Andy Ellis
One of the most well-known and experienced cybersecurity leaders shares dozens of lessons and observations that anyone, at any stage of their career, can use to create a work culture of continuous improvement and strong leadership. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author Andy Ellis, in the Next Big Idea App
The Anxious Achiever: Turn Your Biggest Fears into Your Leadership Superpower
By Morra Aarons-Mele
From an entrepreneur, mental health advocate, and top-rated podcaster comes a timely and compelling guide to managing the anxiety that comes with succeeding and leading. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author Morra Aarons-Mele, in the Next Big Idea App
Elevate Your Team: Empower Your Team to Reach Their Full Potential and Build a Business That Builds Leaders
By Robert Glazer
A serial entrepreneur applies his groundbreaking capacity-building framework to teams and organizations alike. The result is the playbook for a results-oriented, learning-driven culture that elevates its people to meet the company’s ever-changing growth needs. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author Robert Glazer, in the Next Big Idea App
Building a New Leadership Ladder: Transforming Male-Dominated Organizations to Support Women on the Rise
By Carol J. Geffner
More than a how-to guide on how women can ascend to the top, Building a New Leadership Ladder is a bold call to action for organizations and their leaders to proactively foster the conditions under which women’s efforts to rise up are consistently recognized and rewarded. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author Carol J. Geffner, in the Next Big Idea App
Boundless Leadership: The Breakthrough Method to Realize Your Vision, Empower Others, and Ignite Positive Change
By Joe Loizzo and Elazar Aslan
Whether you’re a CEO, manager, team leader, consultant, coach, social entrepreneur, or community activist, this book offers the tools you need to clarify your vision, lead others, and ignite positive change in the world. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by co-authors Joe Loizzo and Elazar Aslan, in the Next Big Idea App
Real-Time Leadership: Find Your Winning Moves When the Stakes Are High
By David Noble and Carol Kauffman
Two leadership coaching legends reveal their innovative new framework—MOVE—which equips you with the tactics you need to slow down high-stakes situations before they speed you up. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by co-author Carol Kauffman, in the Next Big Idea App
Arrive and Thrive: 7 Impactful Practices for Women Navigating Leadership
By Susan MacKenty Brady, Janet Foutty, and Lynn Perry Wooten
Powered by the latest research, boots-on-the-ground experience, and advice from 24 of the world’s most successful leaders, this book captures seven practices that help you understand and leverage your unique personal powers so you can thrive in leadership. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by co-author Susan MacKenty Brady, in the Next Big Idea App
The Key Ideas in 15 Minutes
“If you are going to get anywhere in life, you have to read a lot of books,” Roald Dahl once famously said. The only trouble is, reading even one book from cover to cover takes hours—and you may not have many hours to spare.
But imagine for a moment: What if you could read a groundbreaking new book every day? Or even better, what if you could invite a world-renowned thinker into your earbuds, where they personally describe the 5 key takeaways from their work in just 15 minutes?
With the Next Big Idea App, we’ve turned this fantasy into a reality. We partnered with hundreds of acclaimed authors to create “Book Bites,” short audio summaries of the latest nonfiction that are prepared and read aloud by the authors themselves. Discover cutting-edge leadership skills, productivity hacks, the science of happiness and well-being, and much more—all in the time it takes to drive to work or walk the dog.
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