The Best Leadership Books

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I co-host a podcast called 5 Leadership Questions with Todd Adkins. Todd is the director of Leadership at LifeWay Christian Resources and my boss. On a recent episode we spoke with Eric Geiger, the VP of Lifeway’s Resources Division – and therefore Todd’s boss – about good reading habits and practices for leaders and the best leadership books. Todd and Eric are like machine guns when it comes to rattling off leadership resources of all kinds, and the episode referenced over thirty books in all – all of which are worth grabbing. You should really listen.

At the end, though, we went around and listed our favorite leadership books in specific categories. If you’re a leader looking to grow or your library needs bolstering this list is phenomenal.

Favorite Overall

Spiritual Leadership by J. Oswald Sanders

The Effective Executive by Peter Drucker

The Advantage by Patrick Lencioni

Leading Change

Leading Change Step-by-Step by Jody Spiro

Leading Change by John P. Kotter

Transitions by William Bridges

Switch by Chip & Dan Heath


The Seven Laws of the Learner by Bruce Wilkinson

Made to Stick by Chip and Dan Heath

On Writing Well by William Zinsser

On Writing by Stephen King

Communicating for A Change by Andy Stanley

Making Vision Stick by Andy Stanley

The Soul of a Leader

The Master Plan of Evangelism by Robert Coleman

Rescuing Ambition by Dave Harvey

Counterfeit Gods by Tim Keller

Spiritual Leadership by J. Oswald Sanders

Work of the Heart by Reggie McNeal

Leading a Team

Leadership and the One Minute Manager by Ken Blanchard

5 Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni

Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

Churchill by Paul Johnson

Michael Jordan by Roland Lazenby