Leadership can be learned. Therefore, you can continuously improve and become a stronger leader. In addition, there are plenty of resources available to help you. From associations to books and training modules, you will find plenty of material to help you become a stronger leader.
Watch this video to learn some of the best educational resources available to you for sharpening your leadership skills.
Resources Mentioned for Becoming a Stronger Leader
The video gives you a bird’s eye view of what you have available to you. Here is a curated list of what believe to be quality resources.
Books on Leadership
By Joshua Spodek
This book walks readers through what to do to hone their leadership skills and how to do it by taking them through an integrated and comprehensive progression of exercises designed to cultivate key abilities, behaviors, and beliefs through experience. There are 22 exercies that help you build self-awareness, manage your emotions, speak in an authentic voice, create meaningful connections, inspire others, and more.
10 Questions to Focus Your Efforts, Energize Your Team, and Scale Your Business
By Michael Hyatt
Michael Hyatt is a very popular expert on leadership for a good reason. He provides easy to understand prose with solid information. In this book, he focuses on how to develop a strong vision, one of the key qualities of a strong leader.
Follow Them and People Will Follow You
By John C. Maxwell
I first became a fan of John Maxwell after reading Failing Forward. He has a knack for translating his years of experience into readable, informational and inspiring prose. In this book, he lends his instructive skills to illuminating the Laws of Leadership. There is a reason why this book is one of the best-selling leadership books of all time!
By David Kitchens
This book was written by a friend of mine who is very good at what he does. I’ve had the opportunity to work with him through Toastmasters and have seen him in action as a leader. In this book, he talks about embracing volunteer leadership, how to overcome adverse behavior that causes teams to fail, and why helping others can lead you to fulfill your own purpose in life. This is a quick read with good information about leadership practices in the volunteer space, much of which can bet translated into other areas.
By Brad Dude
This book provides you with a game plan for improving leadership skills in 30 days. When I read it, I gave it a two-star review because it is a hard sell for the author’s course. However, I include it in this list because it does provide a solid overview of several leadership models and theories, as well as a 30-Day action plan with suggested reading and activities.
- The Science of Leadership lead by Gregory Caremans
- Essential Leadership Qualities with Tapan Nayak
- LinkedIn Learning is a paid platform, however you may be able to access it for free through your local library or other organization or association you belong to.
Leadership & Speaking Organizations and Associations
- International Leadership Association
- Speaking Organizations and Educational Resources
- American Leadership Development Association
Blogs for Becoming a Stronger Leader
Several people have already compiled great lists on leadership blogs. Here are the ones I think are the most relevant to speakers.
- Become a Better Leader: 11 of the Best Leadership Blogs
- 20 Leadership Blogs You Should Be Reading (2019 Update)
- 13 Leadership Blogs Every Person Under 30 Should Read
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