We Grow Leaders. This is one of our twelve Core Values at USImprints, and we believe that great leaders help grow leaders. One of the ways we believe growth happens, is through reading. As Charlie “Tremendous” Jones said, “You will be the same person in five years as you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read.” That said, here are 3 books to inspire your team.
3 Books to Inspire Your Team
“If I were the owner of this company, I’d do things different and would have more time and less responsibilities!”
We all know someone who has said that (or may have said ourselves) at one point. The truth is, that is no where near the truth. Instead, with a higher position, comes great responsibility.
And you don’t have to be “at the top” to be a leader of an organization. You only need influence, as that is all that leadership is.
Think about it; if a colleague asks for your opinion, the level of influence you have on the individual can lead him or her to make a decision based on your opinion.
How does one gain influence within an organization?
That is exactly what John C. Maxwell covers in his book, The 360 Degree Leader.
This is a book that has been so impactful on our own organization, that we have adopted it as a part of our onboarding process for new hires.
There are books that tell you what to do and share their own ethos of how things are done, and there are stories that are simply that…stories.
The Go Getter is the perfect combination of the two, as it is a story of what a Go-Getter looks like.
Hint: A Go Getter isn’t some man that looks like the Monopoly board game character.
We follow the story of Bill Peck, a worker who must overcome life’s adversities in order to build a successful life for himself.
From dealing with office politics to issues with receiving packages, we see him face each problem with a solution, rather than another problem or excuse.
This book to inspire your team can be used to show that to every problem, there is a solution. And it’s the way we handle these problems that determines if we are a Go Getter, or not.
The E-Myth is the perfect combination of a “Self-Improvement” book like The 360 Degree Leader and The Go Getter.
Each chapter is set up with a conversation between a businessman and a struggling cake business. As they dive into the depth of each conversation, it comes down to a lack of process.
To better her business, the man coaches the cake shop owner on how to stop working in the business, and start working on the business.
As it “pans out” from the story, it transitions into what must be done in order to sedt up proper systems.
A book like this is essential for your Leadership team’s vision as it paints a picture of their roles.
Don’t Just Read
These are each great books to inspire your team, but they are only words on a page unless you act on what you learn.
That goes for any book, or anything you learn.
Without applied action, you will receive nothing.