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If you’re a leader, chances are you have a passion for lifelong learning. Whether you prefer having a book in your hands or listening to an audiobook while multitasking, here are some books you should add to your library.

Permission to Screw Up

If you look at any great leader, there were likely countless failures that preceded their success. If you are in the middle of the failure stage of leadership Permission to Screw Up by Kristen Hadeed is for you. This book promotes going out and acting instead of getting stuck in the thinking or planning phases of success. Shake off the idea of planning for perfect, and get out there and fail forward!


Meditations by Marcus Aurelius is a great book for any reader to consume. An in-depth philosophy of how mastering your mind can help you master the world around you.

The Alchemist

A book that will help you feel in touch with your ‘Personal Legend’ is The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. This book is told in a simple yet wise manner, and the text can impact the reader in the most profound way.


The next book will really appeal to any leader who is facing times of adversity. Endurance by Alfred Lansing details Edward Shackleton’s failed expedition to the South Pole in 1914.

The Power of Mental Discipline

The Power of Mental Discipline is Book 20 in a Positive Psychology coaching series. Written by Ian Tuhovsky. If you need to break bad habits or really engage in the ability to turn your dreams into reality, this book should be the next one you pick up. 

You Are a Badass

Let’s face it, all of us struggle with negative self-talk. If that low vibrational narrative is taking up too much of your valuable mental space, then the next book you should add to your list is You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero.

The Most Powerful Woman in the Room is You and Secrets of Six-Figure Women

2021 is the era of the boss babe. Making a name for yourself in the world of powerful women is no small feat. There are a couple of perfect books for you to keep tucked away in your Louboutin handbag. The first is The Most Powerful Woman in the Room is You by Lydia Fenet. The second is Secrets of Six-Figure Women by Barbara Stanny.

Now that you have finished your summer reading list, it’s time to get out there and show the world what you’re made of!