If you don’t read, you don’t grow, and growth is essential to becoming a great leader. There are many people I know who have great potential, but don’t unlock it by learning new things and honing who they are through reading. All leaders should strive to be the best they can possibly be, and that means taking in writing that will edify their leadership.
HERE ARE FIVE BOOKS YOUNG LEADERS SHOULD READ:
DO HARD THINGS – ALEX AND BRETT HARRIS
In a culture that tells us to just do what’s easy, true leaders need to go the extra mile. Do Hard Things is a call to step out and do what no one else is doing, to put in the extra effort. True leaders don’t just stay comfortable; they do what no one else will. They do the hard things.
CRAZY BUSY – REV. KEVIN DeYOUNG
One thing most leaders have in common is that they’re crazy busy. Sometimes, life just seems to swarm and time management can seem futile. However, busyness can kill us, and leaders need to learn to manage their time. Crazy Busy is the call and encouragement to leading a simplified, boundary filled, non-crazy busy life.
TIME FOR A TURNING POINT – CHARLIE KIRK AND BRENT HAMACHEK
Okay, even though Time for a Turning Point is really focused on the organization Turning Point USA and the work they’re doing on campuses, there’s so much for young leaders to be gained from this book! Turning Point has been successful largely because of the efforts of founder Charlie Kirk and other key people along with targeted and smart messaging. If there’s two things that young leaders can walk away from this book with, it’s that hard work pays off and that messaging is key.
THE PURPOSE DRIVEN LIFE – PASTOR RICK WARREN
Leaders should be living to thrive, not just survive. Life is to be lived on purpose, and Rick Warren’s The Purpose Driven Life gives guidance on how to do that. Leaders don’t just let life come at them; they take every day in stride and realize it’s all purposeful.
JUST DO SOMETHING – REV. KEVIN DeYOUNG
Okay okay — there are TWO Kevin DeYoung books on here, but he just has so much wisdom leaders can take advantage of! If you’re a Christian, especially a Christian who is striving to become a great leader, it is easy to get stuck in a terrified rut of not wanting to do the wrong thing with your life for fear of missing your calling. This book is a comfort and guide for everyone who has ever felt that way, and gives guidance as to what God’s call for all believers is.
What books would you recommend for young leaders? Let HYPELINE know in the comments!