Aashish Dalal, Co-Founder and CEO of fast-growing startup ParkWhiz, recommends 10 Books That’ll Bring Out the Leader in Everyone Who Reads Them.
Dalal says, “Leaders should set aside time outside of email, meetings, and conference calls to settle in with something that’ll improve their skills.”
His recommended reading choices—and reasons for including these books—are below.
1. Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less by Barry Schwartz
Identifies why less is more and helps you to find balance and happiness in your life choices.
2. Take the Lead: Motivate, Inspire, and Bring Out the Best in Yourself and Everyone Around You by Betsy Myers
Intuitive and inspiring advice about taking command and bringing out the best in yourself.
3. Who: The A Method for Hiring by Geoff Smart and Randy Street
The “Who” methodology provides a plan to your company hire top performers.
4. The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else in Business by Patrick Lencioni
Once you’ve hired the A players for your organization, how do you focus on organizational health? How can your company maximize productivity and align everyone toward its core objectives?
5. Startup CEO: A Field Guide to Scaling Up Your Business by Matt Blumberg
A must-read book for any first-time leader.
6. Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder by Arianna Huffington
Advice for entirely changing your life, including sleeping habits, technology addiction, and rethinking how you think about success.
7. Collaborative Intelligence: Thinking With People Who Think Differently by Dawna Markova, PhD and Angie McArthur
Actionable tips for improving collaboration skills—all backed by neuroscience.
8. The Secrets of Happy Families: Improve Your Mornings, Tell Your Family History, Fight Smarter, Go Out and Play, and Much More by Bruce Feiler
Shares useful tips to better connect with your family while you’re not working.
9. Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most by Douglas Stone, Bruce Patton, and Sheila Heen
A framework for navigating confrontation from beginning to end that shows you how to stay balanced and use productive problem-solving skills.
10. Love ’Em or Lose ’Em: Getting Good People to Stay by Beverly Kaye and Sharon Jordan-Evans
Provides valuable insight and actionable engagement strategies.