Like life, leadership is a journey comprised of challenges to overcome, victories to celebrate, and skills to develop. It’s always helpful to have practical guidance and wisdom on hand to apply as a leader continues to grow. Below is a list of five amazing, inspiring and heartfelt books on leadership skills and the servant leadership philosophy. These reads are sure to help bolster courage and confidence in leading teams towards great success.


The New One Minute Manager

Ken Blanchard and Spencer Johnson

Widely recognized and respected leadership guru, Ken Blanchard, wrote the original book (“The One Minute Manager”) in the 1980s and had since sold millions of copies all over the world. The quick and straightforward read walks the reader through simple management techniques to keep team members focused and engaged with their short-term and long-term goals.

The Next Generation of Women Leaders: What You Need to Lead but Won’t Learn in Business School

Selena Rezvani

Geared towards women leaders, Selena Rezvani interviewed several women executives at different levels of leadership to find out how they made their way up the career ladder. This book is an inspiration for an aspiring female leader who needs to learn how to navigate the workplace and get to where she wants to go.

Primal Leadership: Realizing the Power of Emotional Intelligence

Daniel Goleman, Richard Boyatzis, Annie McKee

One of the critical attributes of a successful leader is a high level of emotional intelligence, or the ability to become aware of one’s emotions and know how to control them. Leaders who need this education will find this book insightful, as it breaks down the science behind the brain and its connection to the emotions and emotional response.

Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t

Simon Sinek

This book was written by the author of the favorite book, “Start with Why,” focuses on the value of trust and how to avoid creating silos in the workplace. If you need to learn how to build a thriving culture at work, be sure to pick up a copy of Simon’s latest work.

Good to Great

Jim Collins

A classic read, Jim offers a unique perspective on servant leadership through his “Level 5 Leadership” framework. This book will help the more seasoned leader take his/her leadership and team to the next level using the core principles of servant leadership.


Ryan Krutzig is a seasoned sales and operations professional based in Minnesota. Read more of his leadership advice or check out his Twitter!