10 Top Leadership Books To Reach Your Potential in 2022

by | Growth Mindset

In 2021, I stretched beyond my comfort zone and sharpened the way I do what I do. And that opened the doors to new ways of thinking, new goals and new prospects in 2022. What prepared me for this hopeful and resilient foray are revolutionary ideas from some of the best minds in the field of leadership, psychology and anthropology. Some of them are new-age thinkers who have helped me update my approach to life. Others are niche thinkers offering valuable lessons of our time and teaching us new ways to do things. I am sharing some of these authors here as suggested reading for the diverse, challenging and exciting year that’s 2022.  

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success

Over the years and especially during the pandemic, I have seen leaders struggle with the chaos and mundaneness of corporate life. Their evolution towards their true self has been hindered due to the belief that they can not change. Carol Dweck can help you build your growth mindset and evolve beyond what you are and STRETCH in 2022 as a leader and as an entrepreneur.   

Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know

As we embark on our growth journey, we realise that there is much to be unlearned and relearned to truly tackle our demons from the past and move beyond them. Adam Grant equips us for this experience of unlearning and relearning, by having us embrace the discomfort of doubt, seek people who disagree with us and STRETCH beyond our limitations in 2022.  

Step Up: Women’s Journey to Identity, Success and Power

Even as women scale the ladder to reach the C Suite or venture out on their own, a lot of external barriers still work together to bring most of us down. To me, it became clear that confronting these barriers was impossible unless we first tackled the inner, psychological barriers that stop women from taking leadership and entrepreneurship roles head on. If you are ready to confront your limiting beliefs in 2022, then the tools I share with you in Step Up could truly help you STRETCH.   What are the STRETCHES you wish for in 2022? Get started by asking yourself: ❓Physically: What stretch goal can I set for myself? ❓Psychologically: What could challenge my mind? ❓Spiritually: How can I get connected to my inner spirit? ❓Emotionally: What can get me more vulnerable emotionally? ❓Financially: How can I earn more and give more? I wish you STRETCH with ease, care and the guidance of these books in 2022.  

The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma

Our painful experiences show up even when we don’t realise it and impact the way we project ourselves and how we affect those around us and close to us — our teams, families, clients and associates. Bessel van der Kolk explores this and shows each of us that we have the capacity to heal ourselves of trauma and regain a sense of agency.  

Rest: Why You Get More Done When You Work Less

I am a firm believer in the power of rest to improve focus and create space for the new in your life, so I am glad Alex Soojung-Kim Pang wrote a book to explain why resting is sometimes the most productive thing you can do. It’s valuable advice for those planning to STRETCH physically, psychologically, financially and spiritually this year.  

Playing Big: Find Your Voice, Your Mission, Your Message

Many of us spend far too much of our time pandering to others’ expectations and lock away our potential to truly make a difference. Tara Mohr helps women with big dreams but a daunting inner critic unhooks the tangles dear and achieves the greatness they know at heart that they are destined for.  

21 Lessons for the 21st Century

Too many of us are caught up in the chaos of life (I have a centering audio resource that I recommend to those who want to develop the muscle of mindfulness) and struggling to reach our next milestone, be it a promotion, our kids’ final examinations or saving for a holiday. Yuval Noah Harari helps us pull back a little to look at the truly big choices we must make to face the challenges of the 21st century.  

Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones

Almost everyone I meet during my training and coaching sessions tell me “I know I have to start exercising/stop saying yes to everything/start voicing my thoughts during meetings but… it’s just crazy at work/home right now.” This book could help them, and you, start tiny and easy when it comes to making life changes. The end results are anything but atomic — each tip from James Clear helps you reach your goals by getting one percent better every day.  

Hostage at the Table: How Leaders Can Overcome Conflict, Influence Others, and Raise Performance

When I coach managers and C Suite leaders on relational intelligence, I often hear a familiar problem. Though the leaders need to lead teams towards common goals, they struggle to communicate with the team and hold them accountable. If you’re one of these leaders, then veteran hostage negotiator George Kohlrieser has some advice to offer — 7 key factors to access the skills you need to create trust and generate results and positivity.  

Reboot: Leadership and the Art of Growing Up 

The higher up the ladder we go, the more difficult it is to be successful at our relationships and our overall well-being. So many leaders I speak with do not realise this as they pursue their ambitions — they often act without empathy and forget self-care. But Jerry Colonna forces you to pursue radical self-enquiry instead and consider the baggage that’s holding you back. And that helps you reset to truly become who you want to be with others, while achieving your dreams.

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