There comes a time when leaders feel stuck in a rut, unable to solve problems or constantly being blindsided by events.
That is because they lack wisdom and character, they don’t have the appropriate knowledge of themselves and of the situation.
Books provide valuable information for leaders to grow and to improve themselves.
Reading has to play an important part in leadership.
1. The Alchemist
Author: Paulo Coelho
The Alchemist outlines the journey of a leader.
It teaches us to be ourselves and to follows our heart and gut.
It reminds us that failure always brings us closer to our success and that all we need is already within us.
2. The Four Agreements
Author: Don Miguel Ruiz
He encourages us to be impeccable with our words, to not take anything personally, to not making assumptions and to do our best.
3. Radical Candor: How to Get What You Want by Saying What You Mean
Author: Kim Scott
In Radical Candor: How to Get What You Want by Saying What You Mean, Kim Scott reveals ways to be truthful, to develop candid relationships.
Being truthful without being a bully is difficult. Candor comes with risks but it will determine your level of success in the long run.
4. Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges
Author: Amy Cuddy
Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges, Amy Cuddy gives advice on managing nonverbal cues to induce Presence, identifying your best authentic self, nurturing your boldest self, and creating personal power.
It is useful for leaders who want to get in touch with their best self.
5. H3 Leadership: Be Humble. Stay Hungry. Always Hustle.
Author: Brad Lomenick
H3 Leadership: Be Humble. Stay Hungry. Always Hustle., Brad Lomenick draws conclusions from his personal leadership style and allies spirituality with leadership.
He shares various tips on being a better leader. He also urges us to define who we are, to identify where you are going and how you will get there.
6. Principles: Life and Work
Author: Ray Dalio
Dalio shares many principles to navigate life and work.
Ray Dalio encourages us to stay open-minded, to find and speak truth in order to live a healthier lifestyle, to meet our goals and to handle setbacks.
7. Tribes: We need you to lead us
Author: Seth Godin
In Tribes: We need you to lead us, Seth Godin declares that everybody wants and needs to belong to a tribe.
He also demonstrates how challenging the status quo is a simple way to create your own tribe, to build your fellowship, to define your leadership without forcing people.
8. No One Understands You and What To Do About It
Author: Heidi Grant Halvorson
She also gives useful advice on how to clean up our reputation, to clarify a difficult situation.
9. What Got You Here Won’t Get You There: How Successful People Become Even More Successful
Author: Marshall Goldsmith
In What Got You Here Won’t Get You There: How Successful People Become Even More Successful, Marshall Goldsmith helps you identify all the 21 bad behaviors that are currently holding you back from success.
He also provides different solutions so you develop your character and be your best self at work.
10. Get Out of Your Own Way: Overcoming Self-Defeating Behavior
Author: Mark Goulston, Philip Goldberg
Mark Goulston and Philip Goldberg list all the common self-defeating habits that we have acquired in life and have brought to work.
In order to achieve success, they show us how to get out our own way, how to stop self-sabotaging, how and what to change.
11. Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit Of Less
Author: Greg Mckeown
Essentialism is a thought process that drives success, that improves your decisions making and time management skills.
In Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit Of Less, Greg Mckeown replaces the false assumptions that we can do it all, that being busy means being productive, that we must accept every single opportunity that comes our way.
12. Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us
Author: Daniel H. Pink
In Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, Daniel H. Pink shows us that people are not motivated by common external factors such as money or fame.
Daniel H. Pink reveals that people’s behaviors are mostly driven by purpose, passion, autonomy, a need for self-improvement and for self-imposed goals.
Leaders can use that innate drive to increase productivity, improve performance and build stronger teams.
13. Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance
Author: Angela Duckworth
In Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, Duckworth defines Grit as a combination of resilience, determination, purpose and passion.
According to Angela Duckworth, anyone can acquire grit. Furthermore, people with grit are more successful than people who are talented but who don’t put in work.
Everybody has their own definition of success.
At some point, we all want to be that definition of success.
Yet, most of the time, we don’t get to hit our deadlines and achieve our goals.
Even though we put our best foot forward, we just seem to be stuck, blocked at a particular stage in life and limited by specific beliefs.
Wondering what are the self-limiting beliefs that are hindering personal success?
1. You don’t know who you are
When you don’t know who you are, it’s difficult to know where you are going and why you are going.
You tend to focus on everyone else and monitor what they are doing.
When you don’t who you are, you are easily threatened by others.
You may easily be jealous or constantly compete and compare yourself with others.
You may project on other people to avoid having to deal with yourself or get to know yourself.
2. You don’t think that you can do it
You may think that you’re not enough, that you don’t have the proper skills, or that you don’t have what it takes.
If you believe that you can’t, then won’t.
If you believe that you can, then you will.
3. You don’t take responsibility your life
Now, that’s a hard one.
Some people go through life blaming others for their shortcomings or for their failures.
However, blaming others is short-lived and doesn’t get anything done.
Taking responsibility for your life means taking control of your life.
It means managing your decisions, your actions, your thoughts and the people you allow in your space.
Taking responsibility for your life is difficult at first but gratifying in the long run.
4. You don’t care to learn
Learning helps your mind evolve and see new perspectives.
If you stop learning, you stop growing.
There isn’t just one way to learn.
You can search the internet, watch movies, listen to audio books.
However, reading is the quickest way to acquire the most knowledge in a short period of time.
5. You favor your comfort zones
Maybe you don’t like to try new things…
Maybe you just like the company of your 3 friends or 3 cats or your parents…
Maybe you just don’t like being bothered…
Nothing wrong with that but by doing that you don’t evolve, you stay in the same frame of mind, within the same circle, acting out the same behaviour, living out the same patterns that have kept you in the same spot.
6. You lack vision or an objective
Without a solid vision or objective, there is no plan.
Without a plan, there is no action.
Without action, you will unfortunately end up in the same place.
7. You procrastinate
Procrastinating is different from taking a break or going on a holiday.
Procrastinating can go from doing nothing to keeping busy in one area to avoid getting to the important goals.
Working on your goals is a choice.
8. You give up when you are closer to success
People often quitting sound like something only losers do.
But winners quit too: they quit things that are unhealthy for them, that aren’t improving their lifestyle and that are diverting them from their goals.
However, if what you’ve been doing isn’t degrading your lifestyle and is perfectly aligned with your goals, you might be giving up too soon.
You are always closer than you think to reaching your goals.
Last Words Of Advice
Just remember, success is available to everyone and great things take time!
Hope that I’ve helped you get it together on your way to leadership!
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There is a timeline model for every leader’s journey…
Indeed, a leader’s journey can be divided into successively seven distinctive steps.
1. Natural Promotion
Natural promotion is the timeline during which leaders advance without difficulties with their innate abilities.
2. Valley of Dependence
The Valley of dependence relates to where leaders strengthen their faith in God.
3. Preparation Stage
In the Preparation Stage, leaders learn new skills.
4. Valley of Wholeness
In the Valley of wholeness, leaders let go of any character flaw that would arrest their personal progress.
5. Releasing Stage
The Releasing Stage is the moment when leaders are promoted to their area of calling and expertise.
6. Valley of Identity
In the Valley of identity, leaders start distinguishing their identity from their purpose.
Finally, in the timeline of Fulfillment, leaders reach their full potential and accomplish their destiny.
The Calling Journey by Tony Stoltzfus is a Faith-based book that helps you understand, through multiple biblical figures, the plan and the life purpose of most leaders’ journey.
This inspirational and encouraging book is written for purpose driven leaders and provides us with a new understanding and a new mindset.
Thanks to this book, readers can firstly learn to trust God and translate God’s message for their calling.
Then, will they be able to acquire patience and other virtues throughout struggles by mapping out the journey with a personal calling timeline.
They will also be able to renew their mindset, gain a new perspective on events and look beyond circumstances and shift focus from self to purpose.
The Calling Journey by Tony Stoltzfus will help in removing the pressures of life and in finding the right career path right away.
Tony Stoltzfus teaches readers to take each and every traumatic experience to transform into something productive and find your calling.
Finally, this book takes us through the life of renowned leaders and biblical characters such as Joseph and mother Teresa in order to show us that finding your calling is a lengthy process.
Let me know below what you think about this book!
Much of the pain we experience in times of adversity is not from the events themselves, but from our kicking back against the pricks life is making to our ego and our beliefs. Instead of meeting God in the event, we waste energy agonizing over the wrong questions. Am I a failure? Has God passed me by? Is he even out there? Will my dreams ever come true? What is wrong with me? When we don’t squirm and struggle to get out of the places God has us, so we can get to the completely different places that we think he wants us. Understanding what God has planned makes a huge difference.