Our Top 10 Books on Career, Personal Growth, and Leadership



In celebration of World Book Day (and just in time for your upcoming vacation), we’re bringing you a list of our CEO Jackie Connors’s top reading picks! From career advice to leadership to emotional intelligence, these books will be instrumental to your personal and career growth. Tell us, what are some of your top reading picks?




Emotional Intelligence 2.0 by Travis Bradberry

Endorsed by the Dalai Lama, this award-winning bestseller is an emotional intelligence book with a single purpose: increasing your EQ.


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

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey is a self-improvement book. It is written on Covey’s belief that the way we see the world is entirely based on our own perceptions. In order to change a given situation, we must change ourselves, and in order to change ourselves, we must be able to change our perceptions.


I Hear You: The Surprisingly Simple Skill Behind Extraordinary Relationships by Michael S. Sorensen

Whether you’re looking to improve your relationship with your spouse, navigate difficult conversations at work, or connect on a deeper level with friends and family, this book delivers simple, practical, proven techniques for improving any relationship in your life.


Gifts Differing: Understanding Personality Type by Isabel Briggs Myers

Gifts Differing helps to define our understanding of personality. Written by the creators of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, this book explains the essential personality types and their practical significance in your daily life; in school, at a job, in a career, or in your personal relationships.




What Color Is Your Parachute? A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers by Richard Bolles

The world’s most popular job-search book, tailoring Richard Bolles’s long-trusted guidance with up-to-the-minute information and advice for today’s job-hunters and career-changers.


Do What You Are: Discover the Perfect Career for You Through the Secrets of Personality Type by Paul Tieger

Knowing your personality type can give you the insight you need to help you choose the perfect career – this book helps you make that connection.


Ladders 2019 Interviews Guide: 74 Questions That Will Land You the Job by Marc Cenedella

The author of America’s largest career advice newsletter coaches you to achieving your best performance in job interviews, without gimmicks or agony, in a quick 90 minute read.




Developing the Leader Within You 2.0 By John Maxwell

John Maxwell shows you how to develop the vision, value, influence, and motivation required of successful leaders.


Servant Leadership in Action: How You Can Achieve Great Relationships and Results by Kenneth Blanchard and Renee Broadwell

Edited by legendary business author and lifelong servant leader Ken Blanchard and his longtime editor Renee Broadwell, this is the most comprehensive and wide-ranging guide ever published for what is, in every sense, a better way to lead.


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

This book explores the fundamental causes of organizational politics and team failure. Like most of Lencioni’s books, the bulk of it is written as a business fable. This book has appeared on American best-seller lists including: The New York Times Best Seller List, Business Week, Wall Street Journal and USA Today.


We’d love to hear some of your favorite reads, let us know in the comments below!

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