Soundview Announces the 25 Best Leadership Books of All-Time

After years of sifting, sorting, reviewing, and reading through thousands of business books, Soundview has published its list of the all-time top leadership books, including classics from John Maxwell, Peter Drucker, Jim Collins, Ken Blanchard, Seth Godin, and more.
By: Soundview, Inc.
25 Best Leadership Book of All-Time
25 Best Leadership Book of All-Time
CHADDS FORD, Pa. - July 25, 2019 - PRLog -- In case you don't know, Soundview selects and summarizes the best business books that are published every year. And, since we've been doing this for the past 41 years, we've seen A LOT of leadership books filter through our offices. Literally thousands …

Most are good, some are great, and others go on to be business classics – the books that every aspiring manager or leader needs to read. These are the books that offer ideas and strategies that change the way people think and disrupt the way business is conducted.

That being the case, we decided to put pen to paper and publish our list of the 25 Best Leadership Books of All-Time. Without further ado, here is our list (in no particular order):
  1. On Becoming a Leader by Warren Bennis
  2. The Art of War by Sun Tzu
  3. Wooden on Leadership by John Wooden & Steve Jamison
  4. Good to Great by Jim Collins
  5. Primal Leadership: Unleashing the Power of Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman, Richard Boyatzis & Annie McKee
  6. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Stephen R. Covey
  7. The Leadership Challenge: How to Make Extraordinary Things Happen in Organizations by James Kouzes & Barry Posner
  8. Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action by Simon Sinek
  9. First, Break All the Rules: What the World's Greatest Managers Do Differently by Marcus Buckingham
  10. Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done by Larry Bossidy & Ram Charan
  11. Emotional Intelligence: What It Can Matter More than IQ by Daniel Goleman
  12. Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel H. Pink
  13. Leading Change by John Kotter
  14. The Innovator's Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail by Clayton Christensen
  15. How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie
  16. The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses by Eric Ries
  17. The Effective Executive: The Definitive Guide to Getting the Right Things Done by Peter Drucker
  18. The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership: Follow Them and People Will Follow You by John C. Maxwell
  19. The First 90 Days: Proven Strategies for Getting Up to Speed Faster and Smarter by Michael Watkins
  20. The One Minute Manager by Ken Blanchard & Spencer Johnson
  21. True North: Discover Your Authentic Leadership by Bill George
  22. Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
  23. Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us by Seth Godin
  24. Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win by Jocko Willink & Leif Babin
  25. The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable by Patrick Lencioni
For more information about these classic books, scroll through the in-depth list of the 25 Best Leadership Books of All-Time.

About Soundview:
For more than 40 years, Soundview has been at the leading edge of professional development, taking the top ideas and concepts from the best business books and condensing them down to quick-read/quick-listen leadership & management training materials. Our text & audio summaries keep busy professionals up-to-date on all the latest topics from the best minds in business. For more information about Soundview, visit


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