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This article showcases our top picks for the Leadership Books For Young Adults. We reached out to industry leaders and experts who have contributed the suggestions within this article (they have been credited for their contributions below). We are keen to hear your feedback on all of our content and our comment section is a moderated space to express your thoughts and feelings related (or not) to this article This list is in no particular order.

7 Steps to Succes by Buck Martinez

This product was recommended by Buck Martinez from Student ACES

Steps to Success provides a clear and insightful roadmap for those who are continually working to define their purpose in a world full of obstacles in the journey we call life. Complete with real life lessons, valuable insight from recognized leaders and just the right amount of inspirational messaging, this publication is fitting for all generations, but has been found to really resonate and having the biggest impact with today’s youth.

Your Winning Formula by Buck Martinez

This product was recommended by Buck Martinez from Student ACES

Winning Formula challenges you to become a transformational leader capable of developing a powerful and impactful vision that will influence others to follow you. Our country is desperate for young leaders capable of wearing the armor that protects against merciless and hateful attacks against our fundamental principles such as hard work, respect for others and self, earning trust, and sacrificing for others and country. You will learn the critical tools necessary to develop your brand, the positive values and qualities that you will unleash on the world, and you will do it with a loud voice that many will hear and welcome. Be confident, poised, and strong as you begin your quest to be a transformational leader, and always remember, Stand Up and Be Yourself. Don’t let others intimidate, threaten or harass you into accepting their baseless and false narratives. You can be the transformational leader that influences others to carry your message in a proud and bold manner. Without your leadership, we will continue slipping behind as a country. You, and America, were made for greatness. Be the one that makes it happen; don’t wait for someone else to lead. You can be a difference maker.

Building Blocks of Leadership by Buck Martinez

This product was recommended by Buck Martinez from Student ACES

From television, internet, and social media, today’s students are being bombarded with many and confusing messages. Without the proper foundation, our students can be influenced to make the wrong decisions that will affect them for the rest of their lives. This book is intended to provide a foundation to our young men and women. With candid discussion and illustrations, our young men and women will have the opportunity to understand and apply valuable lessons that will serve as a foundation for life.

Goals: How to Get the Most Out of Your Life by Zig Ziglar

This product was recommended by Iryna from Simple

In this book, legendary speaker and author Zig Ziglar emphasizes that life without goals is meaningless. After a fascinating study of the four reasons why people don’t set goals, the author will help you take nine steps toward setting them, and when they are identified, he will immediately call you to action! He will explain to you a formula for daily action that includes 13 breakthrough activities that are guaranteed to achieve your goals.

How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

This product was recommended by Michael East from Griddle King

This book is an absolute classic that any strong leader needs to read, especially those looking for guidance for a future career in leadership. This book will help to guide young adults through personal and business relationships whilst gaining an understanding of the importance of another person’s perspective. It’s poignant and quick to the point, I’ve never seen a leader fail after reading this.

The Making of a Leader, by Dr. J. Robert Clinton

This product was recommended by Ismail Kuden from Kuden Rugs

This book offers the big picture by featuring all stages leaders tend to experience. This book could speaks to the young adult’s life-force because it is a faith-based book.

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, by Stephen Covey

This product was recommended by Ismail Kuden from Kuden Rugs

This book is the ultimate classic one that provide the reader with seven key habits for success. It’s clear, and easy to comprehend.

Talent is Never Enough, by John Maxwell

This product was recommended by Radomir Novkovich from Saldo Apps

I rarely buy paperback version of books, but this one takes an honorable place on my desk in my company office. Even its title is already a powerful quote that always reminds me to keep improving my skills in leadership and any other areas of my business. As for the content, this book is a straightforward and exciting guide on how to unleash your enterpreneural powers even if you don’t feel yourself a gifted business leader at all but want to become one. Belive me, a terribly shy person who runs a successful digital business.

Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

This product was recommended by Jacob Villa from School Authority

This is another great book on leadership, but it focuses more on how we make decisions rather than how we act as leaders. The first half of the book covers what we know about decision-making while the second half covers how we can change our thinking in order to make better decisions.

Leadership and Self-Deception by The Arbinger Institute

This product was recommended by Mukesh Sharma from Byaj Book

In a leadership book written by Arbinger Institute for young adults, the author tells us that we should not expect leaders to be perfect. We should not expect them to be infallible. Leaders need to learn how to self-deceive themselves and their followers. They need to make sure that they are doing what is best for their followers, even if it is against their own interests..

How to Own the Room by Viv Groskop

This product was recommended by Jason Dempsey from Home And City Living

One of the most difficult things for me to learn as an employee was how to talk and make people listen to me, despite a lifetime of shrinking myself and trying to take up as little space as possible. However, after reading books like How to Own the Room, I could feel something in my mind shift and I genuinely felt changed inside. These are really powerful books for anyone who knows that they can lead, but worry about public speaking or drawing attention to themselves.

tribes by Seth Godin

This product was recommended by Jim Campbell from Honeymoon Goals

If you are young and interested in leadership then I suggest reading and studying Seth Godin’s Tribes. Godin doesn’t only explore leadership in business, but leadership throughout history, and how leadership as a concept is as old as the first humans. The book explores the need for leaders, and what qualities those leaders should possess to be as effective as possible.

Teen Leadership Revolution by Tom Thelen

This product was recommended by Iam Akshay from OnlineCourseing

This book is a must-read for any teen who wants to be a leader. It provides real-world examples and step-by-step instructions for becoming an effective leader in any field. The author draws on her own experiences and interviews with successful young leaders to create an informative and inspiring guide. I highly recommend this book to any teen looking to build self-confidence and make a difference in the world. It’s packed with valuable information and will help young people realize their own potential for greatness.

Coaching Your Kids To Be Leaders by Pat Williams

This product was recommended by Chris Kowalski from Autopadre

Because it’s a straightforward, simple-to-follow guide to all of the lessons that you need to teach young adults to make sure that they end up becoming leaders rather than followers in later life. It’s an effective and efficient way to encourage young adults to find, and raise their voices instead of being content to stay quiet and happily fade into the background.

Managing Up by Rosanne Badowski

This product was recommended by Stacey Kane from EasyMerchant

Before becoming an effective leader, you must first become a valuable direct report. And the tips and stories shared by Badowski and Gittines in Managing Up can prove very helpful for young aspiring leaders who are still starting their careers to build themselves up for success in the workplace. Although some tips from Badowski’s days of working as a personal secretary to John Welsh may have become outdated thanks to modern technology, there is still plenty of practical advice you can learn and apply to your professional life from this book. From managing your reputation from day one to attempting to know the “whats” and “whys” of the surrounding events to navigate unexpected situations effectively, aspiring leaders will find the book helpful for developing good habits at work. Because although the title talks about managing your boss, the authors’ advice can be perfect for developing skills to help you lead upwards, downwards, and sideways.

Influence by Robert B. Cialdini

This product was recommended by Ben Warren from Stress Reliever Club

If you want to know about leadership, you need to know how you can influence a group of people, and Robert Cialdini’s Influence does just that. It is a brilliant book that focuses on how you can become a skilled persuader, and other traits that you need to have in order to become a successful leader.

The Last Lecture by Jeffrey Zaslow Randy Pausch

This product was recommended by David Clark from View Auckland

When I think of leadership, I consider making oneself the best person you can be as the first step. As I’ve thought about the things that have most helped me grow into that better person, one book in particular stands out above the rest: The Last Lecture, by Randy Pausch. Not only does this book contain an incredible amount of powerful life advice, it also includes Randy’s experience as a college professor, leading young adults and helping them achieve their full potential. I cannot think of a better resource for a young leader to start with than the words of this excellent teacher. Randy’s words are as profound now as they were when he first wrote this masterful treatise on life, and how we can better face its many challenges.

I Am Malala by Christina Lamb and Malala Yousafzai

This product was recommended by Kris Lippi from ISoldMyHouse

This beautiful piece is an autobiography of the world-renowned 15-year-old, Malala Yousafzai. Young adults can learn a lot about her remarkable experiences and how these experiences sparked a movement against overwhelming odds. It’s a powerful book that mirrors the importance of leadership among young adults. One great lesson young adults can learn from this book is that, like great leaders, they shouldn’t be afraid of speaking out and going against the status quo.

What Your Employees Need and Can’t Tell You by Melina Palmer

This product was recommended by Melina Palmer from The Brainy Business

This book is worthy of your list because even though we all have brains, we don’t intuitively understand how they work. By teaching young leaders about bias and how the brain makes decisions (as well as how to navigate those natural tendencies to be better communicators and more effective leaders) it can help them start their careers with already established habits that are better than the generation before them. It is the first book that really takes behavioral economics and makes it applicable to anyone so they can understand how their own brain works (and those on their teams) so people can become naturally better at change, stronger communicators, and more influential at work, school, and in life.

David Friedland

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