Top 20 Books About Leadership

top 20 books about leadership

A few month ago I started to collect a list of the Top Agile Books about Leadership from various social channels like LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.  I decided to divide the books into five different categories: Top agile books for Scrum Masters, Product Owners, Agile Developers, Leadership & Agile Coaching. In this article I want to show you the Top 20 agile books about leadership recommend by the community.

The following list is ordered based on reviews and ratings on Amazon and GoodReads. If you think that there is an important book that should be added to that list, leave a comment after the list. As I do not agree 100% on the communities´ priority, I added my personal Top 5 books after the list:

Top 20 books about leadership recommended by the community

# Title Author
1 The One Minute Manager Kenneth H. Blanchard, Spencer Johnson
2 Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us Daniel H. Pink
3 The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement Eliyahu M. Goldratt
4 A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future Daniel H. Pink
5 The Mythical Man-Month: Essays on Software Engineering, Anniversary Frederick P. Brooks Jr.
6 The 360 Degree Leader: Developing Your Influence from Anywhere in the Organization John C. Maxwell
7 The Toyota Way: 14 Management Principles from the World’s Greatest Manufacturer Jeffrey Liker
8 Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion, Revised Edition Robert B. Cialdini
9 Management 3.0: Leading Agile Developers, Developing Agile Leaders Jurgen Appelo
10 What Got You Here Won’t Get You There: How Successful People Become Even More Successful Marshall Goldsmith
11 The Logic Of Failure: Recognizing And Avoiding Error In Complex Situations Dietrich Dorner
12 The Heart of Leadership: Becoming a Leader People Want to Follow Mark Miller
13 Workout: Games, Tools & Practices to Engage People, Improve Work, and Delight Clients (Management 3.0) Jurgen Appelo
14 Leading Geeks: How to Manage and Lead the People Who Deliver Technology Paul Glen
15 Scaling Lean & Agile Development: Thinking and Organizational Tools for Large-Scale Scrum Craig Larman
16 Predictable Success: Getting Your Organization on the Growth Track–and Keeping It There Les McKeown
17 Leading Teams: Setting the Stage for Great Performances J. Richard Hackman
18 Hiring Geeks That Fit Johanna Rothman
19 Manage It!: Your Guide to Modern, Pragmatic Project Management Johanna Rothman
20 The Business Value of Agile Software Methods: Maximizing Roi With Just-in-time Processes and Documentation David F. Rico

My personal top 5 books about Leadership that I recommend

# Title Author
1 Leading Teams: Setting the Stage for Great Performances J. Richard Hackman
2 Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us Daniel H. Pink
3 Workout: Games, Tools & Practices to Engage People, Improve Work, and Delight Clients (Management 3.0) Jurgen Appelo
4 The Toyota Way: 14 Management Principles from the World’s Greatest Manufacturer Jeffrey Liker
5 The Heart of Leadership: Becoming a Leader People Want to Follow Mark Miller

If you think that there is an important book that should be added to that list, leave a comment here and make that list even more useful!

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