The books that will make you a better Leader
On world book day, we look at the books that changed us for the better.
Put down your DIY Harry Potter outfit and see what the Amodigo team, who specialise in excellence and human performance took their inspiration from.
The Body Keeps the Score – exploring the lifelong impact of trauma and the body retaining its impact, this book is a must for anyone looking to better understand people facing and overcoming adversity.
Own the room – a stable book for allyship and women in an ever changing workplace. Be the impact that you want to see.
When Mackinsey Comes to Town – a dissection of the magic (and illusion) of management consulting. Must read for anyone trying to understand how businesses function, are recovered, or fail.
For me, books are a form of escapism. I love nothing more than getting lost in a gripping story and switching off, even just for a precious ten minutes.
My latest reads that I’ve loved:
Ghosts by Dolly Alderton
Again, Rachel by Marian Keyes The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult
As I’m studying psychotherapy I also like to widen my knowledge and recently I read The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel A. van der Kolk. It’s a fantastic insight into the effects of trauma on the body and mind and new methods for treatment.
One is ‘The Magic’, as I’m sure you’ve all heard of The Secret sequels. Fortunately you don’t have to believe in the law of attraction to find this one useful as its all about gratitude and perspective. Doing the daily tasks really helped me in low or worrying times to see how much good there was to my life, and often, there was more than I thought there was.
Another was ‘What they don’t teach you at Harvard Business School’. I purchased this book because the title really drew me in and the teaching of a real leader of such a successful company sounded like it’d be interesting. At the time, I had no involvement in corporate companies at all, and in fact, was training at a ballet school but wanted to better my knowledge on handling situations, how to talk to my director and how to conduct myself in an appropriate way when negotiating contracts for jobs I was offered. It proved useful in so many ways and fed my interest if nothing else. There are some really useful lessons and real examples in the book that pop into my mind frequently all these years later.
‘Ego is the enemy’ was recommended to me by a friend who thought it changed their thinking. I could’ve seen it as an insult, but that’d be my ego talking. I learned that ego shows itself in less obvious but equally as destructive ways and have done so much to control the way I now think and react after reading this book.
Just as we can turn to books for advice and guidance, we would be happy to start a conversation if you want to further your knowledge on leadership, management, coaching or mentoring.
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