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One common trait among all leaders across the globe is that they are all voracious readers. Reading books empowers leaders with knowledge that others spent lifetimes to acquire. Especially in context of the post-pandemic world, when everything is transitioning to a new phase in breathtaking speed, reading the right set of books can provide leaders with the apt intellect to adapt and pivot with required speed, agility and flexibility.

2021 is a year replete with opportunities and transformations. The present eco-system makes adaptability a core competence of the leaders who are heading businesses today. May be that’s why exemplary leaders like Warren Buffet (reads 500 pages every day) and Mark Cuban (reads 3 hours every day) highlight the advantages of reading. Here are 5 handpicked books suggested by Forbes that can help contemporary leaders in 2021.

  1. Who Not How: The Formula to Achieve Bigger Goals Through Accelerating Teamwork by Dan Sullivan and Dr. Benjamin Hardy

Humans are social beings and yet our education is rigged for individual training and achievement where we are continuously competing with our peers. This book breaks this mindset and offers a framework for being collaborative and relational, and for emphasizing and building more teamwork not just in business, but every sphere of life.

This is an unmissable book for leaders who want to optimize their teamwork or build an exceptional team that can envision their dreams and help in achieving those.

  1. Lives of the Stoics: The Art of Living from Zeno to Marcus Aurelius by Ryan Holiday and Stephen Hanselman

After a year of facing shape-shifting challenges and knowing about contemporary uncertainties, almost all leaders need some inspiration. This book describes how the hardships of the Stoics, the likes of Marcus Aurelius and showcases how they overcame monumental challenges one after the other. It’s a masterpiece narrating tales of justice, courage and wisdom

This book helps in viewing real life situations from different perspectives, offers many positive reminders about human struggles, and teaches lessons from the Stoics that can be applied even today.

  1. The Nuclear Effect: The 6 Pillars of Building a 7+ Figure Online Business by Scott Oldford

If you are looking for a fresh start, be it in your business, life, career or are stuck in a cycle, this book is for you. In this book, author Scott Oldford, breaks down different phases of conceiving, building and scaling an effective business. Oldford helps readers to overcome their financial fears and create the right mindset for scaling your business, improving your profits and building the traction that can take your business or career to new pinnacles of success.

  1. Mentor to Millions: Secrets of Success in Business, Relationships and Beyond by Kevin Harrington and Mark Timm

This book teaches the significance of relationships and mentors in life. The immensely famous authors demonstrate how being a mentor and a mentee can both help you advance and create meaning and purpose in life. Here’s a dose of some intense inspiration from successful entrepreneurs who help readers comprehend the true value of relationships in business life and show the power of embracing failure and finding motivation from it.

  1. Big Money Energy: How to Rule at Work, Dominate at Life, and Make Millions by Ryan Serhant

This book reminds the readers that attaining any dream is possible, provided you are willing and 100% committed to do whatever it takes. The author shares a lesson about embodying big money energy and highlights that everything is not governed by the number in your bank account.

In every phase of life, be it school, a job or your own business, people start from level zero and gradually climb to the pinnacle. If you are stuck at a certain level and are struggling to cross over to the next level, this book helps you do that.

Disclaimer: The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Economic Times – ET Edge Insights, its management, or its members

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