Top Leadership Development Reads for 2020

As 2019 draws to a close, we have been thinking back on the past year and making plans for the next one. 2020 isn’t just a new year, but it’s the start of a new decade. As we countdown, we thought it would be helpful to share our top leadership development reads for 2020. If you’re looking for some tips on books to download, listen to, or read cover to cover, we think these five will help you kickoff 2020 on the right foot.

leadership development reads for 2020

Atomic Habits

James Clear connects the simple behaviors that help people change their habits to help drive better performance. Whether you’re looking to make healthier decisions or become a better leader in 2020, this book is a great place to start.

Do Better Work

We love Max Yoder’s collection of the concepts, skills, and behaviors that allow leaders (and all employees) to communicate more effectively, build clarity and camaraderie, and drive progress. We especially recommend this book to developing leaders and their mentors.

The Progress Principle

Teresa Amabile reinforces the value and importance of the individual contributor in her book focused on progress. When leaders ensure their employees have great inner work lives, positively influenced by their role, manager, team, and organizational culture, everyone grows.

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success

Carol Dweck hones in on the importance of a growth mindset not only in business but also when it comes to family, education, team development, and relationships. It’s a great, research-based, quick read!

Grit

Angela Duckworth reveals in her book the secret to outstanding achievement is not talent but a blend of passion and persistence. Or, what she refers to as “grit”. It’s a great companion to Mindset and Atomic Habits!

Regardless of your 2020 resolutions or your goals for the next decade, we hope one or all of these books impact you as much as they have our team. Happy reading!


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