100 Leadership & Success Books You Should Read In Your Lifetime

by Alan Young

I consider myself a bit of a book work when it comes to self-help and personal development books

However, I just came across this 100 Leadership & Success Books to Read in a Lifetime list compiled by Amazon and realized I’ve still got some reading to do as there’s a lot of books on here I haven’t read. 

It got me pretty excited so I thought I’d share that list with you. 

NOTE: If you want to get any of these books and don’t mind a pre-loved copy then I recommend getting a used copy from Amazon as they usually cost a bit less.

Also, if you don’t like reading then it might be worth getting the audiobook version.

I love to listen to books when driving and when at the gym. That time might as well be used for something positive. 

Imagine how many books you could listen to in a year if you played them when driving or working out?

Quite a few I bet! 

You can get a free trial with Audible and get Two Free Audiobooks here.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy this as much I did. 

100 Leadership & Success Books You Should Read in Your Lifetime

Click here to see the list on Amazon.

1. #GIRLBOSS – Sophia Amoruso

2. A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose – Eckhart Tolle

3. Andrew Carnegie – David Nasaw

4. Awaken the Giant Within – Tony Robbins

5. Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear – Elizabeth Gilbert

6. Business Adventures: Twelve Classic Tales from the World of Wall Street – John Brooks

7. Chicken Soup for the Soul – Mark Victor Hansen & Jack Canfield

8. Choose Yourself! – James Altucher

9. Crush It!: Why NOW Is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion – Gary Vaynerchuk

10. Change Your Brain, Change Your Life – Daniel G. Amen M.D.

11. Do Over: Rescue Monday, Reinvent Your Work, and Never Get Stuck – Jon Acuff

12. Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us – Daniel H. Pink

13. Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ – Daniel Goleman

14. Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less – Greg McKeown

15. Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done – Larry Bossidy

16. Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time – Brian Tracy

17. Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future – Ashlee Vance

18. Find a Way – Diana Nyad

19. Flying Without a Net: Turn Fear of Change into Fuel for Success – Thomas J. DeLong

20. Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything – Steven D. Levitt

21. Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience – Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

22. First, Break All the Rules: What the World’s Greatest Managers Do Differently – Marcus Buckingham

23. Getting More: How You Can Negotiate to Succeed in Work and Life – Stuart Diamond

24. Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity – David Allen

25. Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In – Roger Fisher

26. Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success – Adam Grant

27. Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don’t – Jim Collins

28. How to Win Friends & Influence People – Dale Carnegie

29. How Will You Measure Your Life? – Clayton M. Christensen

30. Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion – Robert B. Cialdini

31. It Worked for Me: In Life and Leadership – Colin Powell

32. Leadership on the Line: Staying Alive through the Dangers of Leading – Martin Linsky & Ronald A. Heifetz

33. Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead – Sheryl Sandberg

34. Meditations – Marcus Aurelius

35. Mindset: The New Psychology of Success – Carol S. Dweck

36. Misbehaving: The Making of Behavioral Economics – Richard H. Thaler

37. Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die – Chip Heath

38. Man’s Search for Meaning – Viktor E. Frankl

39. Oh, the Places You’ll Go! – Dr. Seuss

40. Outliers: The Story of Success – Malcolm Gladwell

41. Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions – Dr. Dan Ariely

42. Personal History – Katharine Graham

43. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking – Susan Cain

44. Siddhartha: A Novel – Hermann Hesse

45. Stumbling on Happiness – Daniel Gilbert

46. Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction – Philip E. Tetlock

47. Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action – Simon Sinek

48. Steve Jobs – Walter Isaacson

49. StrengthsFinder 2.0 – Tom Rath

50. Talent is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else – Geoff Colvin

51. The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing: Violate Them at Your Own Risk! – Al Ries

52. The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho

53. The Art of Happiness in a Troubled World – Dalai Lama & Howard Cutler M.D.

54. The Art of Stillness: Adventures in Going Nowhere – Pico Iyer

55. The Art of Strategy: A Game Theorist’s Guide to Success in Business and Life – Avinash K. Dixit

56. The 48 Laws of Power – Robert Greene

57. The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich – Timothy Ferriss

58. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Stephen R. Covey

59. The Art of the Start 2.0: The Time-Tested, Battle-Hardened Guide for Anyone Starting Anything – Guy Kawasaki

60. The Art Of War – Sun Tzu

61. The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine – Michael Lewis

62. The Black Swan: Second Edition: The Impact of the Highly Improbable – Nassim Nicholas Taleb

63. The Charisma Myth: How Anyone Can Master the Art and Science of Personal Magnetism – Olivia Fox Cabane

64. The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right – Atul Gawande

65. The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance – Katty Kay

66. The Effective Executive: The Definitive Guide to Getting the Right Things Done – Peter F. Drucker

67. The Essays of Warren Buffett: Lessons for Corporate America – Warren E. Buffett & Lawrence A. Cunningham

68. The First 90 Days: Proven Strategies for Getting Up to Speed Faster and Smarter – Michael D. Watkins

69. The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt – T.J. Stiles

70. The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable – Patrick Lencioni

71. The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom – Don Miguel Ruiz

72. The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are – Brené Brown

73. The Happiness Advantage: How a Positive Brain Fuels Success in Work and Life – Shawn Achor

74. The Happiness Project – Gretchen Rubin

75. The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers – Ben Horowitz

76. The Innovator’s Dilemma: The Revolutionary Book That Will Change the Way You Do Business – Clayton M. Christensen

77. The Intelligent Investor: The Definitive Book on Value Investing – Benjamin Graham, Jason Zweig & Warren E. Buffett

78. The Last Lecture – Randy Pausch

79. The Lean Startup – Eric Ries

80. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing – Marie Kondō

81. The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life (Before 8AM) – Hal Elrod

82. The Now Habit: A Strategic Program for Overcoming Procrastination and Enjoying Guilt-Free Play – Neil Fiore

83. The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business – Charles Duhigg

84. The Prince – Niccolò Machiavelli

85. The Prophet – Kahlil Gibran

86. The Road Less Traveled: A New Psychology of Love, Traditional Values and Spiritual Growth – M. Scott Peck

87. The Road to Character – David Brooks

88. The Secret – Rhonda Byrne

89. The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success: A Practical Guide to the Fulfillment of Your Dreams – Deepak Chopra

90. Thinking, Fast and Slow – Daniel Kahneman

91. Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr – Ron Chernow

92. Triggers: Creating Behavior That Lasts – Becoming the Person You Want to Be – Marshall Goldsmith

93. Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life’s Greatest Lesson – Mitch Albom

94. Turn the Ship Around!: A True Story of Turning Followers into Leaders – L. David Marquet

95. Uncertainty: Turning Fear and Doubt into Fuel for Brilliance – Jonathan Fields

96. Way of the Peaceful Warrior: A Book That Changes Lives – Dan Millman

97. What Got You Here Won’t Get You There: How Successful People Become Even More Successful – Marshall Goldsmith

98. Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength – Roy F. Baumeister

99. Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person – Shonda Rhimes

100. Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future – Peter Thiel & Blake Masters



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