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No one ever fully masters ‘leadership.’ Regardless of years of experience, the number of direct-reports or awards won, there’s always more to learn. There’s a lot of debate about what makes a good leader, but there’s one thing most people agree on—good leaders are always learning and always striving to improve.

Here are four books that came out last year (and one coming soon) that have a fresh honest take on how to shape your vision, behavior, habits, and interpersonal bonds to attain your full potential of becoming highly compassionate, bold leaders. Have a look and grab your copies of these highly insightful reads.

Leading Without Authority

How the new power of co-elevation can break down silos, transform teams, and reinvent collaboration

Author

Keith Ferrazzi

Release Date

May 2020

About the author in 10 words or less

Harvard Business School grad and management consulting firm CEO

The review that hooked us

“Ferrazzi brilliantly shows how building mutually beneficial partnerships marks the future of all work, and demonstrates how anyone can lead if they’re willing to make themselves vulnerable and put the project mission and their partners first, turf and hierarchy last.” — Kristin Yetto, chief people officer at eBay

The Human Network

How your social position determines your power, beliefs, and behaviors

Author

Matthew O. Jackson

Release Date

February 2020

About the author in 10 words or less

Economics Professor at Stanford specialized in social and economic networks

The review that hooked us

“Networks show up as powerful forces in virtually every social science. The same phenomena appear in different disguises in different disciplines, but few scholars have the intellectual breadth to recognize these common behavior patterns, and fewer still have the ability to communicate effectively with a broad and diverse audience. Matt Jackson is one such person, and his book is a welcome introduction to this fascinating subject.” — Hal Varian, chief economist at Google

Reboot

Leadership and the art of growing up

Author

Jerry Colonna

Release Date

June 2019

About the author in 10 words or less

Venture capitalist tuned executive coach

The review that hooked us

“This book is filled with honesty, vulnerability, and insight. This book teaches us to be brave and pursue radical self-inquiry in an effort to get to know ourselves, to be truthful with ourselves, and to love ourselves. In this pursuit Jerry shines a light on a path that defines a healthier sense of what it means to be a leader. There are countless books offering various ways to become a better leader in the business world. But this is the only book with the insight and wisdom to offer a unique perspective: to be a better leader requires us to be a better human.” – Bijan Sabet, co-founder and General Partner at Spark Capital

Barking Up the Wrong Tree

The surprising science behind why everything you know about success is (mostly) wrong

Author

Eric Barker

Release Date

May 2019

About the author in 10 words or less

Former Hollywood screenwriter now finds science-based answers to big questions

The review that hooked us

“In this compulsively readable, brilliant kaleidoscope'' Barking Up the Wrong Tree, Barker is your rollicking guide through the science of success. You’ll discover what pirates and inmates can teach us about honesty and generosity, how to network like the world’s greatest mathematician, and much, much more.” – Daniel H. Pink, author of Drive and To Sell is Human

The Making of a Manager

What To Do When Everyone Looks To You

Author

Julie Zhuo

Release Date

March 2019

About the author in 10 words or less

Launched advisory firm after serving as Facebook VP of Product Design

The review that hooked us

“Julie Zhuo had to learn to be a manager fast, as her role kept expanding in the hyper-growth environment of a successful Silicon Valley start-up. In The Making of a Manager, she shares what she learned—often, the hard way. She combines cutting-edge analysis of how organizations work with engaging and accessible examples of how theory plays out in real life, with stories of what she did right and wrong.” — Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project

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