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The Top 100 Books To Add To Your Bookcase

Written by: Steven Crane, Executive Contributor

Executive Contributors at Brainz Magazine are handpicked and invited to contribute because of their knowledge and valuable insight within their area of expertise.


A large number of individuals enjoy reading, but not everyone understands where to begin when it comes to finding new novels to read. You might consider picking up one of the top 100 books on this list if you're seeking a new read or want to expand your current book collection. The topics covered on this list range from leadership to coaching to spiritual healing to motivation. There is something for everyone on this list. Now is the time to stock your bookshelves with some new knowledge!

  1. How Full Is Your Bucket?

  2. The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace: Empowering Organizations by Encouraging People

  3. How to Win Friends and Influence People

  4. Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life

  5. The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth: Live Them and Reach Your Potential

  6. Your Next Five Moves: Master the Art of Business Strategy

  7. Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts.

  8. The Dichotomy of Leadership: Balancing the Challenges of Extreme Ownership to Lead and Win

  9. The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference

  10. H3 Leadership: Be Humble. Stay Hungry. Always Hustle.

  11. Principles: Life and Work

  12. Ego Is the Enemy

  13. Applied Empathy: The New Language of Leadership

  14. Building a StoryBrand: Clarify Your Message So Customers Will Listen

  15. Growth IQ: Get Smarter about the Choices That Will Make or Break Your Business

  16. Unshakeable

  17. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

  18. The Infinite Game

  19. Cultures and Organizations: Software of the Mind ‒ Intercultural Cooperation and Its Importance for Survival

  20. Today Matters: 12 Daily Practices to Guarantee Tomorrows Success

  21. Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action

  22. Primal Leadership: Realizing the Power of Emotional Intelligence

  23. Eat Move Sleep: How Small Choices Lead to Big Changes

  24. New Power: How Power Works in Our Hyperconnected World—and How to Make It Work for You

  25. Sell or Be Sold: How to Get Your Way in Business and in Life

  26. Leadership Is Language: The Hidden Power of What You Say--and What You Don't

  27. All about Them: Grow Your Business by Focusing on Others

  28. READY, Set, Change!: Simplify and Accelerate Organizational Change

  29. Accelerate: Building Strategic Agility for a Faster-Moving World

  30. First, Break All the Rules: What the World's Greatest Managers Do Differently

  31. Building Leadership Competence: A Competency-Based Approach to Building Leadership Ability

  32. Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High

  33. Crucial Accountability: Tools for Resolving Violated Expectations, Broken Commitments, and Bad Behavior

  34. The Five Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts

  35. The Future Is Faster Than You Think

  36. Becoming a Person of Influence

  37. Crushing It!: How Great Entrepreneurs Build Their Business and Influence—and How You Can, Too

  38. Man's Search for Meaning

  39. No Limits: Blow the CAP Off Your Capacity

  40. That's Not How We Do It Here!: A Story about How Organizations Rise and Fall--and Can Rise Again

  41. Strengths Finder 2.0

  42. Strengths Based Leadership: Great Leaders, Teams, and Why People Follow

  43. Now, Discover Your Strengths

  44. The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More Change the Way You Lead Forever

  45. Make Your Bed: Little Things that Can Change Your Life... and Maybe the World

  46. Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration

  47. Known: The Handbook for Building and Unleashing Your Personal Brand in the Digital Age

  48. Contagious: Why Things Catch On

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

  50. The EQ Edge: Emotional Intelligence and Your Success

  51. The Science of Leadership: Lessons from Research for Organizational Leaders

  52. Encouragement Changes Everything: Bless and Be Blessed

  53. The Leadership Dojo: Build Your Foundation as an Exemplary Leader

  54. 54) Language and the Pursuit of Leadership Excellence: How Extraordinary Leaders Build Relationships, Shape Culture and Drive Breakthrough Results ‒ 2nd Edition

  55. Your Body is Your Brain: Leverage Your Somatic Intelligence to Find Purpose, Build Resilience, Deepen Relationships and Lead More Powerfully

  56. Navigating Polarities: Using Both/And Thinking to Lead Transformation

  57. Changing on the Job: Developing Leaders for a Complex World

  58. Coaching: Evoking Excellence in Others

  59. The Circle of Fire: Inspiration and Guided Meditations for Living in Love and Happiness

  60. Triggers: Creating Behavior That Lasts--Becoming the Person You Want to Be

  61. Heart of the Mind: Engaging Your Inner Power to Change with Neuro-Linguistic Programming

  62. The Mastery of Love: A Practical Guide to the Art of Relationship

  63. Wisdom from the Wild: The Nine Unbreakable Laws of Leadership from the Animal Kingdom

  64. Retrain Your Brain: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in 7 Weeks: A Workbook for Managing Depression and Anxiety

  65. Beyond Inclusion: Reimagining the Future of Work, Workers, and the Workplace

  66. Meditations: A New Translation

  67. Leadership: In Turbulent Times

  68. The Seat of the Soul: 25th Anniversary Edition with a Study Guide

  69. The 48 Laws of Power

  70. Awaken the Giant Within: How to Take Immediate Control of Your Mental, Emotional, Physical and Financial Destiny!

  71. The Voice of Knowledge: A Practical Guide to Inner Peace

  72. The Power of Discipline: How to Use Self Control and Mental Toughness to Achieve Your Goals

  73. CEO Excellence: The Six Mindsets That Distinguish the Best Leaders from the Rest

  74. Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World

  75. Mindset: The New Psychology of Success

  76. The Slight Edge (Turning Simple Disciplines into Massive Success and Happiness)

  77. The 12 Week Year: Get More Done in 12 Weeks than Others Do in 12 Months

  78. Turn the Ship Around!: A True Story of Turning Followers into Leaders

  79. The Daily Stoic: 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living

  80. What to Say When You Talk to Your Self

  81. Master Your Emotions: A Practical Guide to Overcome Negativity and Better Manage Your Feelings

  82. Courage Is Calling: Fortune Favors the Brave

  83. The Motive: Why So Many Leaders Abdicate Their Most Important Responsibilities

  84. The Mastery of Life: A Toltec Guide to Personal Freedom

  85. The Self Care Prescription: Powerful Solutions to Manage Stress, Reduce Anxiety & Increase Wellbeing

  86. Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself: How To Lose Your Mind And Create A New One

  87. The Five Levels of Attachment

  88. Mastery

  89. The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom

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

  91. The Power of TED* (*The Empowerment Dynamic)

  92. Ho‘oponopono: Your Path to True Forgiveness

  93. The 15 Commitments of Conscious Leadership: A New Paradigm for Sustainable Success

  94. The Mastery of Self: A Toltec Guide to Personal Freedom

  95. How to Read People Like a Book

  96. The 33 Strategies of War

  97. Never Eat Alone, Expanded and Updated: And Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time

  98. Whatever It Takes: Master the Habits to Transform Your Business, Relationships, and Life

  99. The Fifth Agreement: A Practical Guide to Self-Mastery

  100. The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment

Looking for books that will transform your life? Look no farther than this list of must-reads. These are the top 100 leadership books that have had the most significant impact on my personal and professional development throughout the course of my career. This list, which covers everything from relationships to work to family to self-efficacy, should definitely be on your bookshelves. I strongly advise you to read each and every one of them in order to advance your leadership skills. Which book is at the top of your to-read list? In which novel do you find yourself most immersed? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below!

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Steven Crane, Executive Contributor Brainz Magazine

"Steven Crane is a dynamic USMC Veteran, Serial Entrepreneur, Speaker, Best Selling Author, and Coach known for providing high-performance coaching to support individuals in identifying their key strengths and achieving set career goals. As a veteran who experienced the stereotypical homeless military transition, Steven has a proven track record of successfully building and running various companies focused on supporting individuals in advancing their professional careers and freeing their minds from negativity while overcoming limiting beliefs and stepping into a world of possibilities!

Throughout his career, Steven has displayed deep expertise in guiding individuals in identifying and overcoming their limits and thriving in current roles by offering 1-on-1 sessions. Moreover, he is skilled in counseling clients through career changes to achieve their personal and professional goals. Steven has also been commended for devising and implementing innovative coaching programs and leading global teams to pinpoint and explore new opportunities to inspire powerful personal transformation."



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