Half the year has already passed, but there is still plenty of time to read good books and learn new skills. For effective leaders, learning new tactics and ideas is essential to productivity and success. The following books are just a few options you should consider adding to your reading list before 2020 ends.


Lead with Appreciation: Fostering a Culture of Gratitude by Amber Teamann & Melinda Miller

For many modern workers, company culture is more than a selling point; it can often make or break a business deal when it comes to hiring new talent and promoting success. In this book, Teamann and Miller focus on educational environments, but the nature of incorporating positive reinforcement, recognition, and appreciation for the sake of boosting morale and energy can easily be applied to other fields.


The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way You Lead Forever by Michael Bungay Stanier

Written with wit and humor, Stanier’s book is a great tool to help leaders develop skills that will help them not only coach others but also themselves. Guiding the reader through seven productive questions and how they can help improve leadership tactics, Stanier highlights effective ways to address issues, overcome obstacles, and identify driving forces behind team members.


Best for Millennials: Leaders Eat Last by Simon Senek

Even for individuals who do not fall into the Millennial generation, Senek’s book provides useful information for what young professionals value in their leaders. One of the primary focuses of this book is the belief that effective leaders should be willing and able to sacrifice their own comfort in order to benefit those around them. This culture of sacrifice and community is especially prominent among Millennial workers, and for leaders who want to appeal to a younger generation and build trust among everyone they lead, this book is a great resource.


There are plenty of books on leadership out there, but the ones described above are considered to be must-reads by many of those in leadership roles today. There is plenty of time left in 2020 to pick up a copy of each of these books and learn something new about leadership.