7 Books to Lift Up Your Inner Leader

Ditch the shepherd vs. sheep talk. Deep down, we all have the capacity to lead—it sometimes just takes a little inspiration to bring it out!

Brush up your boardroom talk with Literati’s best leadership books. From autobiographies to behavioral theory, these reads will help you reclaim your voice and authority across all environments.

#1 Originals – Adam Grant

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Maybe it’s creating an entirely new corporate structure. Or maybe it’s just adding pickles to your peanut butter sandwich. Either way, innovation isn’t just an outlet for creativity—it’s the key to progress in business and life. 

Not so sold on embracing the new? Turn to Originals, the latest from bestselling business author Adam Grant (and one of Literati’s Luminary picks). From technology to politics, Grant’s research proves how intelligent rebellion can spawn our greatest creations.  

#2 The Ride of a Lifetime: Lessons Learned from 15 Years as CEO of the Walt Disney Company – Robert Iger

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Perhaps you’ve heard of this charming little entertainment company—Disney?

The Disney brand is undeniably impressive as a global entertainment force. But to reach that level of success, this mega-company relied on the strong leadership of one man—former Disney CEO Robert Iger.

Equal parts memoir and business guide, The Ride of a Lifetime captures the genius of Iger’s intuitive leadership skills. By embracing technology, positive values, and innovation, he transformed a company from near-decline to triumph.

Whether you want to learn about Iger’s life or pick up a few visionary tips, The Ride of a Lifetime delivers. Turn that wish upon a star into reality with this leader’s enchanting memoir.

#3 The Passion Economy – Adam Davidson

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From “gig” to “freelance”, there’s countless descriptors for the millennial economy. But Adam Davidson believes “passion economy” is the most fitting—and that you should apply its rules to your business goals.

As the creator of NPR’s Planet Money, Davidson pulls from years of economic journalism to fuel The Passion Economy’s lessons. Contrary to popular belief, technology and foreign markets are not job drainers. In fact, the 21st century holds unprecedented opportunity for the zealous businessman—in other words, following your passion.

Sure to stoke your inner entrepreneur, The Passion Economy combines uplifting stories with promising research. In today’s market, it’s a light of hope for those with untapped dreams.

#4 Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life – Nir Eyal

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Got five other tabs open as you read this? Itching to scratch those notifications on your phone? We don’t blame you. Today’s world is a distraction minefield, where focus is increasingly rare.

However, there’s hope for even the most scattered brains. Within Indistractable, behavioral engineer Nir Eya reveals the power of inner focus, and more importantly, how to harness that power. With practical boundaries, you can tap into your most centered, productive self.

If you’re on the internet (or simply living in the modern world), you’ll benefit from Indistractabale. Reinvigorate all life areas—from work to friendships to love—with Eyal’s crucial guide to focus.

#5 Women and Leadership – Julia Gillard and Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

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Last year, 17 of the 200 top-selling business books had women authors. Currently, only 41 of Fortune 500 companies have women CEOs. To say the world has a leadership inequality issue is an understatement. 

But politicians Julia Gillard and Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala are here to challenge this bias. Compiling interviews with figureheads like Michelle Bachalet and Hillary Clinton, Women and Leadership, explores the incredible challenges women leaders face—and the changes needed to tear down those barriers.

Women and Leadership is a crucial exploration of sexism and practical leadership skills for all genders. Start the conversation for change by listening to these extraordinary female voices.

#6 Edge – Laura Huang

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Hard work is overrated. To get ahead in any field, you must embrace what makes you stand out—or as Harvard Business professor Laura Huang puts it, your Edge.

In this confidence-boosting guide, Huang dismantles the notion that more effort equals more success. Instead, achievements flourish when we embrace our unique qualities, not output, as our greatest selling points.

If facing a personal career or creative, Edge is here to save the day. With Huang’s researched tactics, you can reclaim the strengths and flaws that make you the best you.

Lead the Way With Literati

Leadership is more than achieving a CEO title. From the office to family game night, every day is an opportunity to exercise compassionate authority. And with expert authors like these, you can carve the path to your own leadership style.
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