Top 20 Business Leadership Books 2017

Leaders are readers. Ever heard that? To help you stay on top of your game, we’ve put together a list of the Top 20 best selling Leadership books of 2017, so far. Whether you read it, listened to it (what I love to do), or a combination of the two…these resources will help you be the kind of leader you want to be.


The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change
by Stephen R. Covey


Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win
by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin

Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action
by Simon Sinek


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


The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable
by Patrick Lencioni

Becoming A Great Leader

AA018357If you’ve been a leader for any amount of time (at work, at church, wherever), you’ve probably come to realize that your habits and beliefs play a pivotal role in the success of not only your business but also your individual team members. You are the one who can, and should, set the tone of the working atmosphere.

To help you figure out how to go about doing this, I’ve listed a few points below from an article I read some time ago on the topic. Also, at the bottom of the post is a link to the full article.

They Collaborate Rather Than Grandstand
Great leaders realize that success doesn’t have to entail only individual accomplishment. They redefine that emotionally-packed word “success” so that wealth, position, and fame are no longer what really matters. They realize that group success is entirely consistent with individual accomplishment.

They Laugh At Problems (and themselves)
Great leaders use humor to put worries into perspective, so that we can laugh at ourselves and the situation before tackling hard work. The ability to tell the right joke at the right time reduces office stress and builds camaraderie, which is a real advantage in today’s intense, fast-paced work environments.

They Help Others Visualize A Better Future
Great leaders don’t just have a vision of the future. They also have a rare ability to understand and channel the desires and needs of other people. They listen as much as they talk and thus create a shared vision that motivates everybody, not just the boss. They point to a place that we know is better and give us the courage to get there.

They Mentor & Coach
Great leaders know how to listen and give good advice at just the right time. Because they haven’t sailed through life, they know what it’s like to overcome intense obstacles and challenges. Most importantly, they’re willing to let go when you’re competent to make your own decisions without them.

They Integrate Pieces Into Wholeness
Great leaders have the ability to see all sides of a situation and allow conflicting parties to not only be heard but acknowledged. They can gather a group and find ways that individuals can work together. They have an uncanny way of “slicing the pie” so that while every piece may not be identical, everyone feels treated with fairness and respect.

They Create A Climate of Trust
Great leaders know that trust is the glue that holds an organization together. Their commitment to build trust creates a counter force to the deception and political game-playing that makes so many offices difficult places to work. They know that trusting, and being trusted, is the best way to ensure that everyone in the organizations wins.

They Make Peace Between Factions
Great leaders cannot be swayed to side with one group or individual against another but instead work to preserve the integrity of the whole system. Peacemakers teach us that peace is a state of mind and that it’s still possible to be happy even in the midst of turmoil and chaos.

Interested in reading the full article? Click Here

Posted by Andrew Pino

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You’re Being Watched

IMG_2239If your kids were asked to describe how you are at home, in the car, at the store…what would they say? It’s a sobering question that many of us would be embarrassed to answer, at least sometimes. In fact, some of you probably just skipped a heartbeat or two thinking about things that have slipped out of your mouth!

With our attention on other things we often react to problems like no one is around. That’s troublesome on several levels:

  1. Why would we be reacting differently if someone were around? Shouldn’t our behavior be the same regardless of surroundings?
  2. Our kids take their cues from us. Their words are formulated from what comes out of our mouths. It doesn’t matter if your child is 18 months or 18 years old, they absorb your words, actions, and body language.
  3. Have we forgotten about God? He’s always with us, which is something we treasure when we’re in need, but disregard when we’re “doing our own thing.”

Being a person of consistency and integrity is what we’re called to. It doesn’t say anywhere in the Bible to “only control your tongue and behavior when you’re at church or around Christians.” Jesus modeled quite the opposite for us. No matter what the setting was, He always was Himself…holy, righteous, consistent!

Getting back to our kids, I find it sad that the “hypocritical” parents are often the ones that can’t understand why their children lie, back talk, and disrespect others. Somehow it doesn’t sink in that their kids are simply living out what they were taught. Don’t get me wrong; I’ve been the “bad” example plenty of times tangled up in pride and blind to my own shortcomings and vices. It’s only when I’ve allowed myself to listen to correction that I’ve started to grow out of the “I can do no wrong” mindset.

If you’ve read this and realize that your words and actions have been less than stellar, it’s simple to remedy the situation. Apologize to God, your spouse, and your kids for messing up and then show them how to do it right!

Written by Andrew Pino

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