Direct Energy’s Monthly Book Series: Leadership

Welcome to Direct Energy’s Monthly Book Series! In this series, we’ll introduce you to the best books on topics that are important to our customers and our environment. From green living to budgeting to home improvement, our Monthly Book Series will feature a range of books from intro-level to in-depth studies to ensure there is something for everyone! While our recommendations aren’t specific endorsement of these books or authors, they do reflect what we feel are educational and analytical books on the given topic.

Leadership

The concept of leadership differs from person to person, organization to organization, and even culture to culture. While some argue that leaders are born not made, others believe that a leader is cultivated by the society and environment in which he or she lives. Despite vast differences in the definition of a leader, most can agree that a good leader is someone who is constantly learning, growing, and building upon their leadership skills.

Direct Energy’s Monthly Book Series: Leadership
What does leadership mean to YOU?

In this segment of our Monthly Book Series, we will focus on leadership and how you can achieve your full potential in your professional and personal life.

1) How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

Learning how to make people feel important and valuable is an essential skill for leaders to possess. In this leadership classic, Carnegie shows readers how to interact and communicate with people in order to build meaningful relationships. He argues that winning people over works in your favor, helping you climb up the ladder of success both professionally and personally.

Recommended for: Readers who want to work on building better relationships in and out of the workplace.

2) The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Steven R. Covey

Direct Energy’s Monthly Book Series: Leadership
These are just some of the attributes Covey advocates for in his book.

A lesson in both leadership and success, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People presents a principle-centered approach for solving both your personal and professional problems. Covey argues that, before you can adopt the seven habits, you must embrace an alternative perception of how the world works. The book offers step-by-step lessons for living with fairness, integrity, and human dignity, while still succeeding in life.

Recommended for: Leaders who want to create a better balance between their personal and professional effectiveness.

3) Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown 

Many believe that the reason why we can’t finish all our to-do’s in the day is because of our lack of time management or productivity skills. However, in Essentialism, McKeown argues that the key to success is to tackle the right tasks – the ones that are absolutely essential – and disregard everything else. He teaches his readers how to apply a more selective criteria to their daily tasks in order to take control of their choices, time, and energy.

Recommended for: Anyone who wants to learn how to do less but better work in any aspect of their lives.

4) Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel H. Pink 

Direct Energy’s Monthly Book Series: Leadership
Pink believes that the old-fashioned carrot-and-stick approach is no longer an effective tool for motivation.

Most people can agree that motivating others is an essential skill for leaders to possess. But there’s less agreement to be found on how that motivation is actually accomplished. In Drive, Pink argues that the traditional concepts of motivation, rewards, and punishment are no longer effective. Instead, he advocates for motivating people through meaningful work, mastery, and autonomy.

Recommended for: Managers and leaders who want to learn new and effective ways to motivate others.

5) Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us by Seth Godin 

Tribes, leaders, and followers have been a part of human nature for centuries. But with the rise of the internet, it’s now easier than ever to create a following. In Tribes, Godin argues that, while the web makes it easier to connect with people, it doesn’t provide leadership. Instead, he believes that leaders come in surprising packages with the strong desire to make a difference and connect a people.

Recommended for: Readers who may not recognize the vast leadership opportunities they have in their personal and professional life.

Check in next month when the Direct Energy Monthly Book Series talks about Budgeting!

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