3 reads for the emerging leader


You know it’s about summertime when families begin planning vacations, business and life slow down a bit, and you and your friends hit the beach more regularly. If you’re anything like me, one of the best parts of the summer season is catching up on the reading list. Since summer reading was on my mind, I wanted to share three book recommendations that every young leader should consider picking up this summer.

Granted, I know that not every person loves to read during their down time! But these books are easy reads. They’ll provide some key points for emerging leaders looking to be developed and challenged.

Lincoln on Leadership by Donald Phillips

Young leaders are entering a society that is facing some tough times. University graduates are having a hard time finding jobs and young leaders are facing a set of problems we’ve never had to face before. This book takes a look into the diverse leadership abilities of one of our country’s greatest leaders and how to apply them to today’s complex world.

If you enjoy history or biographies, this book is an absolute must-read. While the problems Abraham Lincoln faced in his lifetime were different than the ones we face today, it’s amazing how the principles still hold true.

The Go-Giver by Bob Burg and John David Mann

The thing I love about The Go-Giver is that it teaches about leadership principles through a parable. In the book, Bob and John share the truth that “it’s better to give than to receive”—which is contrary to our society’s view today—through the story of an ambitious young leader named Joe. In today’s society, where it’s every man for himself, this book will help you create a proper paradigm on what it takes to rise above the rest.

One Question by Ken Coleman

This new book from Ken Coleman provides an interesting look into how some of today’s most successful leaders face certain leadership issues. After sitting down with past presidents, Hall of Fame coaches, celebrities, and business leaders, Ken shares insights on life topics—ranging from parenting to money to learning from failure to taking risks—by asking each person one question and capturing the insightful responses.

This book provides a diverse look at some of the biggest questions leaders face from people who’ve already answered them.

Reading is one of the best disciplines you can learn as an emerging leader. If you finish these books and are looking for more recommendations, here are three other books I would recommend.

What books are on your list and why?