10 Books to Put A Spring In Your Step and Career

Old Man Winter is leaving us and the energy and green spirit of spring is coming!

To help get you energized and in recognition that March is National Reading Month, we came up with a list of best-selling motivation and leadership books. These authors offer advice that will help you rev up for that career or promotion you want and suggest ways to best lead and help others.

So pick up one or more of these books this month and let us know what you think. In no particular order, here are 10 books we recommend for an energetic “spring” forward:

“The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change,” Stephen Covey: This classic motivational book is a manual for performing better in your professional and personal life. Before you can adopt the seven habits, you’ll need to accomplish a change in perception and interpretation of how the world works. Covey takes you through this change, which affects how you perceive and act regarding productivity, time management, positive thinking and more.

“Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead,” Sheryl Sandberg: The chief operating officer of Facebook writes why women’s progress in achieving leadership roles has stalled, explains the root causes, and offers compelling solutions that can empower women to reach their potential.

“Who Moved My Cheese,” Spencer Johnson: The author offers a simple way to successfully deal with the changing times and offers a method for moving ahead with work and life effectively. Most people are fearful of change because they don’t believe they have any control over how or when it happens. This book offers ways to deal with change successfully and gain the control you seek.

“How to Win Friends and Influence People,” Dale Carnegie: A tried and true bestseller, Carnegie’s book is packed with rock-solid advice that has carried thousands up the ladder of success in their business and personal lives.

“The Art of War,” Sun Tzu: From generals to CEOs to coaches, this classic ancient Chinese military manual has inspired millions. Comprised of 13 sections, each dedicated to a different aspect of battle strategy, “The Art of War” is packed with insights into how to set goals and achieve them.

“A Simpler Way,” Margaret Wheatley and Myron Kellner-Rogers: A read that challenges many of the leadership paradigms. The primary goal of this book is to examine how you can make life less difficult and more delightful.

“Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action,” Simon Sinek: Sinek discovered that great leaders think, act, and communicate in the exact same way-and it’s the complete opposite of what everyone else does and they all started with why. Using real-life stories, the writer creates a clear vision of what it takes to lead and inspire others.

“48 Laws of Power,” Robert Greene and Joost Elffers: If you are looking for book off the beaten path of most leadership and motivational book, this is the one for you. It’s a manual for anyone interested in gaining, observing, or defending against ultimate control. The authors draw from the philosophies of Machiavelli, Sun Tzu, and Clausewitz and from the lives of people like Henry Kissinger to P.T. Barnum.

“Getting Things Done,” David Allen: Allen’s premise is simple: Your ability to be productive is directly proportional to your ability to relax. He feels that only when your mind is clear and thoughts are organized can you achieve stress-free productivity. Something we would all welcome.

2.0,” Tom Rath: To help people find their talents, Gallup introduced StrengthsFinder in the 2001 management book “Now, Discover Your Strengths.” With this book, Gallup unveils the improved version of its popular online assessment. With hundreds of strategies for applying your strengths, StrengthsFinder 2.0 will change the way you look at yourself — and the world.

Author: Claire Stewart

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