5 Leadership Books You Can Read Right Now For Inspiration

Adnan Morbiwala
4 min readSep 7, 2020

It is more right now more important than ever, to take care of ourselves and seek out what can inspire us and help us reset our thought processes on a daily basis.

Leadership is a quality that is most tested during a crisis. The ongoing pandemic has thrown all our plans out the window.

It doesn’t matter if you are an entrepreneur who is just starting off or a working professional, you could be from any walk of life, each of us has been impacted in some way or another.

A negative atmosphere has been created overall through the constant drudgery of the news, little to no social interaction, and the constant fear of the unknown.

It is most important then, that at this time, we consciously look to take care of ourselves and seek out what can inspire us and help us reset our thought processes on a daily basis.

We list down 5 books we think can help us all get into the right frame of mind.

Crush It by Gary Vaynerchuk

Gary Vaynerchuk is currently one of the most heard voices in the field of business and entrepreneurship. If there is someone who can give you the rawest and unfiltered advice about how one can move past barriers that they set for themselves, it is this guy.

He started working at his father’s wine shop when google was just about starting and escalated it to a few million within the first 3 years. Post which he and his brother AJ started Vayner Media, and emerged Gary, who currently charges about USD 150,000 for a 45 minute speaker session. If there is someone you want to take advice from regarding digital, this is the guy.

Crush It, written in 2009, essentially is the blueprint you need to leverage and take advantages of the resources available to us in branding and social media.

30 Something CEO by Vineet Bajpai

Vineet Bajpai, is not as widely known as the others may be on this list, but this book hits the mark with regards to experience-based writing.

Vineet is the founder of Talenttrack, online hiring, and staffing platform.

30 Something CEO not only talks about his own experiences, but he highlights exactly what one needs to set things right, winning against adversity and building something which is sustainable.

Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss what matters most by Douglas Stone, Bruce Patton, and Sheela Heen

Diplomacy and Negotiation skills are everything. This situation has plunged the world and the global economy into turmoil.

The first tendency we humans have is to avoid having these difficult conversations because we are afraid, do not know what to say, and more often than not, psychologically we have the tendency to avoid conflict.

This book is from the Harvard Negotiation review and puts into perspective why it is important to have these difficult conversations and which of these conversations matter to you the most.

It can’t and won’t always be hunky-dory, it is important for us all to find it in ourselves to have these conversations for our own sanity. Because the more it drags on, the more it tends to weigh in on us and that can’t be good for our stress levels, can it?

Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

Now many of you might not consider this book a leadership book, but here is why it makes the list.

Leadership is as much about mindset, as it is about skill. The author Napoleon Hill caught onto something when he was sanctioned to do this project by the little boss Andrew Carnegie. And, this book has been written after spending 25 years interviewing business leaders from all walks of life.

It is a blueprint of their thought process. How they think and what makes them tick and what got them the millions they garnered over the years.

How to win friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

This book tells you as the title suggests to become more likable to the people we meet in daily life.

It is not about pleasing everyone, but it gives you a guide as to how you can grow your network and leverage that network to work to your advantage.

For anyone at any stage in life, it is of utmost importance to grow your network and reach as many people as possible, and this book tells you how to do just that.

When you can influence people, it builds trust, gives you a reputation, and most certainly helps in all aspects of life, not just career.

This reading list has been put together through interviews conducted with different founders and CEO’s and through the opinions of the editorial team at Social-Ice Media.

We would love to hear your opinion about the books which have helped you, if you think we have missed out on any let us know in the comments section below.

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Adnan Morbiwala

The guy who talks about random stuff. I'm a passionate Marketer who is also the events guy.