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


In 2021, leadership is about adaptability, resilience, and learning constantly to stay ahead of future challenges. The organizations that are thriving today are those led by strong leaders, who are constantly learning. Unless you are the best version of yourself, you cannot bring the best in others and your organization.  Business leaders must not only be equipped to tackle business challenges but also be able to support their teams mentally, professionally, and financially. Managing leadership internally will be as important as coping with external business challenges.

The perception towards leadership today has evolved and effective leadership may require a fresh mandate for leaders and the organization alike. Based on insights, highlighted below are books that can enhance your leadership skills and help you succeed despite adverse circumstances.

 Friday Forward: Inspiration & Motivation to End Your Week Stronger Than It Started  

Penned by Wall Street Journal bestselling author Robert Glazer, this is a book that will further enhance or develop your ability to inspire and connect with others. This is a book that has been in a very structured manner, where you easily put the down for a while, and simply focus on the actionable advice that you need for your current predicament. As the moniker Friday Forward suggests, it borrows 52 of the most potent narratives from Glazers path-breaking newsletter of the same name, which has inspired more than 100,000 readers across 60 countries. Glazer’s book can help you make a discernible impact within and even outside your organization for the betterment of your business and self.

 Unleashed: The Unapologetic Leader’s Guide to Empowering Everyone Around You 

Considered to be among the most foremost authorities on leadership, Frances Frei offers insights like no other. To enable leaders to do some soul-searching to inspire and empower others, she has teamed up with among the most sought-after names in the genomics industry, Anne Morriss.  Frei’s work is a heady brew of grit and strength that leaders seek to toughen themselves up against hard times. You will get insight about key steps taken by top-performing organizations that help you pull your game up as an inspirational leader who exudes power and knowledge.

 Limitless: Upgrade Your Brain, Learn Anything Faster, and Unlock Your Exceptional Life 

Much like Olympic level athletes push their physical capacities, leaders must continuously hone their mental acumen. Limitless offers strategies by Jim Kwik to expand your mind, enhance your performance, and overcome obstacles like a champion.

This book has many mindset shifting exercises and techniques to make quicker decisions, imbibe knowledge faster and garner the mindset to master new skills. Kwik’s actionable approach makes this book a much sought after read by top leaders.

 Personality Isn’t Permanent: Break Free from Self-Limiting Beliefs and Rewrite Your Story 

 Your personality is based on how your neural synapses are wired and is essentially malleable. Benjamin Hardy offers insight on how we can tweak our personality to become out best selves.  What do you want your future self to be? Tweak your personality to garner the best results.

This is another action-oriented book that requires self-introspection to bring in the much sought after change in perceptions, habits and environments.  2021 is the right time to break free from the old mould of yourself and build something anew.

 Girl Decoded: A Scientist’s Quest to Reclaim Our Humanity by Bringing Emotional Intelligence to Technology 

Experiences, mistakes, and insight have inspired many revolutions including the technological renaissance that we are undergoing today. How can we become self-aware and act as a reservoir of knowledge and consciousness to bring transformative change? In her book, Rana el Kaliouby depicts her journey of transformation in heralding a technological revolution.

Kalioby’s story enables leaders to use their experiences and turn themselves into instruments of intentional change in a very profound and humane way.

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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