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Whenever we look for a reference to bibliographic sources for guidance, we get the same titles as always.
For example, the classic books: How to Make Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie; The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, by Stephen Covey; o John Maxwell’s 21 irrefutable leadership laws.
And on the other hand, like the contemporary classics: the leaders eat at the end of Simon Sinek or Tribus by Seth Godin.
But don’t get me wrong, all of these books are exceptional and should definitely be on your reading list this year in case you haven’t read them.
However, there are other books that didn’t get that much publicity, weren’t fortunate enough to have a major publisher, or just didn’t have to live in the age of the Internet boom. That doesn’t mean they’re not good, in fact there are some that are better than some of the more popular titles to my liking.
With this in mind, I bring you a list of 5 guide books that you probably haven’t heard of. Perhaps some of them are no longer for sale or not easy to find, but if they ever do fall your hands, read them.
1. The ABC of John Maxwell Leadership. This small but succinct book is still available in bookstores but is generally overshadowed by its author’s other better-known titles.
Maxwell has written and published more than 30 books, among which he has some very successful bestsellers including: The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, Sometimes You Want and Sometimes You Learn, Everyone Communicates But Few Connect, etc.
Although this book is not one of Maxwell’s most important titles, it is a compact but very rich paperback. Only 125 pages are enough for Maxwell to explain the essential characteristics of a guide in detail.
2. Larry Hammons Teen & Youth Leadership. This book is only available second-hand and will hardly be found in bookstores. It is a small but practical and concise book. At just 100 pages, Hammons manages to convey the way we conduct our leadership much better than any course or short video.
This is an excellent book for anyone looking to start out or start making leadership foundations, and although the title focuses on young people, anyone can read it and get tons of immediate benefit.
3. The Warrior Ethos by Steven Pressfield. Pressfield has also been a very prolific writer in recent years. He writes from fiction and non-fiction books, including The War of Art.
For the same reason, some of his books have taken a back seat, such as The Warrior Ethos, which we could translate as the Warrior Code.
This book contains little stories of ancient Greek, Macedonian, Spartan and Roman warriors whose code enabled them to fight for ideals much greater than themselves, ideals that every leader must adopt, such as honor, magnanimity, empathy, Inspiration etc.
4. The Samurai Guide by Bill Diffenderffer. Definitely one of my favorite tracks. In this book, he introduces us to the samurai’s Zen philosophy and gives us a unique vision of how these ancient warriors faced complex situations that are now being brought into the business world.
Here you will find values that have been forgotten in the West but that are indispensable for any modern leader.
Honor, courage, loyalty, and compassion are some of the principles that were part of the samurai code. Diffenderffer lived much of his life in eastern countries and was CEO of large multinational corporations.
His experience and passion for oriental culture and economics led him to write this excellent compendium of lessons that we will rarely see in other similar books.
5. The MOXIE Leader by John Baldoni. This book is still available in most bookstores, but I chose to add it to this list because I didn’t think it got the attention it deserves.
The MOXIE Leader should be viewed as one of the contemporary classics of leadership. A book that describes the modern leader who corresponds to the new generations.
Its title refers to the acronym Moxie, which talks about how to find an open body M, O Chances, develop your X-Factor, I nnovar and E mprender.
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