“What are the TOP 5 books ever young influencer/leader should read?”
That’s the question Jason Young and I asked recently in a non-scientific poll that we released primarily via Twitter. We didn’t just ask the question of our followers, we asked several key influencers to join in and share the survey with their followers as well. They did and now we have compiled the results to share with you.
A few points worth noting:
- Over 200 people completed the survey, each sharing their top 5 recommended books.
- That’s nearly 1000 books we combed through and put into a simple, easy to read, downloadable PDF. We listed the books by “Vote” which is basically how many times the book appeared or was recommended overall throughout the survey.
- While the survey respondents varied by all types of backgrounds, the results slanted more from the perspective of those involved with some aspect of ministry. This is primarily due to the number of people in the ministry space who retweeted the survey link.
- While we were looking for traditional books for the results of this survey, it’s also worthwhile to note that the Bible was the #1 suggested resource overall.
You can download the survey results HERE in a PDF format. Feel free to print and/or share this list with others you know. The whole point was to create a quick reference guide of books that might help and equip young leaders of today and next generation leaders of tomorrow. It does no good if we don’t share it.
HERE IS A QUICK LISTING OF THE TOP 33 THAT MADE THE LIST:
Good to Great, Jim Collins
The Next Generation Leader, Andy Stanley
How to Win Friends & Influence People, Dale Carnegie
The 21 Irrefutable Laws Of Leadership, John Maxwell
Tribes, Seth Godin
Linchpin, Seth Godin
Never Eat Alone, Keith Ferrazzi
Crazy Love, Francis Chan
The 5 Dysfunctions of a Team, Patrick Lencioni
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey
Spiritual Leadership, Oswald Sanders
Axioms, Bill Hybels
Getting Things Done, Dave Allen
The Magic of Thinking Big, David Schwartz
The Dip, Seth Godin
Visioneering, Andy Stanley
Made To Stick, Dan & Chip Heath
Rework, Jason Fried
The Energy Bus, Jon Gordon
Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell
The Principle of the Path, Andy Stanley
Courageous Leadership, Bill Hybels
Mere Christianity, CS Lewis
Radical, David Platt
A Million Miles in a Thousand Years, Donald Miller
The Future of Management, Gary Hamel
Developing the Leader within You, John Maxwell
The Leadership Challenge, Kouzes & Posner
Now Discover Your Strengths, Marcus Buckingham
E-myth, Michael Gerber
The Alchemist, Paolo Coelho
Who Moved My Cheese, Spencer Johnson
Uncommon, Tony Dungy
Do you agree with this list?
On a side note, here are a few additional books that I would suggest be added to the list:
SOUP: A Recipe to Nourish Your Team and Culture
The No Complaining Rule: Positive Ways to Deal with Negativity at Work
The Next Level: What Insiders Know About Executive Success
The 4:8 Principle: The Secret to a Joy-Filled Life
Making Ideas Happen: Overcoming the Obstacles Between Vision and Reality