These Team Building Books Will Help Your Leadership Be More Resilient

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It is a leader’s responsibility to stay in the know about best practices and upcoming trends, and reading is just the way to keep your finger on the pulse.

Reading is one of the most important habits a leader can have because it’s a way to absorb new ideas and challenge old ways of thinking. Whether your team has a problem it needs to resolve or they are excited about innovations of the future, your job as a leader is to get them to come together. Team building is an essential part of having a successful team, and there are hundreds of books to help you do just that.

As we move into 2023, there’s a treasure trove of new, innovative ideas to help current and aspiring leaders hone their skills. From inspiring tales of leadership in action to actionable steps for building your own leadership skills, these new books will help you improve your leadership ability.

Elevate Your Team by Robert Glazer

In his latest book, No. 1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author and award-winning CEO Robert Glazer provides a playbook for leaders to get better performance from their teams, retain top talent, and build a new generation of leaders–all without inducing burnout. Packed with actionable, proven strategies and powerful storytelling, this is the blueprint for building a results-oriented, learning-driven culture that elevates its people to grow at the same rate as even the fastest-growing organizations.

Unbreakable: Building and Leading Resilient Teams by Adam Stoverink and Bradley Kirkman

After a global pandemic that disrupted life in every way possible, the world has continued to throw challenges at employees who are facing exhaustion. Thriving in a world with looming economic uncertainty, constantly changing technology, and increasing competition requires strength and resilience. That’s why Stoverink and Kirkman instruct leaders on how to create and support resilient teams as they continue to face adversity collaboratively. With step-by-step guides and real-life examples, this book shows leaders they’re not alone, and that there’s hope.

Creating Superfans by Brittany Hodak

Brittany Hodak is an award-winning marketing expert and customer experience speaker, and her book is a must-read for leaders hoping to motivate their teams to provide excellent customer engagement. In her book, she shares a framework for transforming your business into one whose customers act as advocates in the same way die-hard sports fans cheer for their team and music enthusiasts flock to their favorite performer’s concerts. With today’s increasing competition, nurturing a connection with your audience is more important than ever, and this book provides the know-how needed for building loyalty.

The Predictable Profits Playbook by Charles Gaudet

Charles Gaudet is the founder and CEO of Predictable Profits, often cited as the preeminent business coaching organization for seven- and eight-figure founders. His Predictable Profits Playbook breaks down the framework of what it takes to grow a company beyond seven figures in revenue. From building the right processes, systems, and teams to dialing in a systematic strategy for revenue, Gaudet removes the uncertainty around achieving the most elusive, but critical, component of making the seven- to eight- figure leap: a consistent, predictable revenue machine.

The Courage Playbook by Gus Lee

Leadership requires courage–and Gus Lee is the leadership expert needed to help you overcome your doubts and play bigger. The Courage Playbook will guide you to build the courage and character needed to inspire others, lead without bias and help everyone around you reach the next level.

Fall in Love With the Problem, Not the Solution by Uri Levine

Uri Levine created a remarkable innovation with Waze. Now, he’s offering a mentor in book form. Learn how to build a successful business by identifying the biggest problems your customers face, then providing solutions that disrupt the current market.

The Anxious Achiever by Morra Aarons-Mele

From entrepreneur, mental health advocate, and top-rated podcaster Morra Aarons-Mele, this book is a guide to managing the anxiety that comes with success. Stress and anxiety aren’t always discussed in the workplace, but they are often an unavoidable part of leadership, and this book helps leaders understand these pressures and address them in a healthy way.

Mind Your Mindset by Michael Hyatt and Megan Hyatt Miller

New York Times bestselling authors Michael Hyatt and Megan Hyatt Miller share a framework to help you change your mindset, challenge your assumptions, and get better outcomes. Drawing from the latest in neuroscience, performance psychology, and other research, as well as a wealth of case studies, this book is loaded with insights to help you shift your mindset and level up as a leader.

That Sucked. Now What? by Neeta Bhushan

Every successful leader knows that your failures don’t define you–but your response to them does. Neeta Bhushan shares a roadmap to build resilience. She shares a new concept called the Bounce Factor, which dictates your ability to rebound from challenges, and walks readers through the Fly Forward framework to get from falling to thriving.

The Second In Command by Cameron Herold

For any leader, especially founders and CEOs, picking the right running mate is arguably the most important professional decision. Cameron Herold, a bestselling author and accomplished operator, shares a proven playbook to help leaders identify, hire, train, and empower their second in command, and unlock higher performance as a result.

How Big Things Get Done by Bent Flyvbjerg

Every enduring leader needs to shepherd great ideas from vision to completion. Bent Flyvbjerg shares a wealth of real-world examples–including designing and building architectural marvels and creating award-winning movies. Getting big things done is all about vision and process, and Flyvbjerg shares the tools for getting both elements right.

Come Up for Air by Nick Sonnenberg

Nick Sonnenberg is a master of operational efficiency. As the co-founder and CEO of Leverage, a leading operational efficiency consultancy, he developed the game-changing CPR Business Efficiency Framework. Now, in a brand-new book, he shares the CPR Business Efficiency Framework with the world–and gives the tools leaders need to maximize performance and efficiency.

Scaling People by Claire Hughes Johnson

Claire Hughes Johnson has seen it all as a leader at Stripe and Google, and Scaling People is an empathetic, practical guide to being an effective leader and manager in a high-growth environment. This book offers guidance on strategic and financial planning, hiring, talent development, and feedback mechanisms.

The Sale by Jon Gordon and Alex Demczak

In The Sale, Jon Gordon and Alex Demczak tell a story that delivers an invaluable lesson that is perfect for managers and sales teams in need of reliable and powerful strategies for career and workplace success. In their book, Gordon and Demczak tell the story of Matt Williams, following him on his journey as he realizes four key lessons about how trust and integrity can lead to and create lasting and meaningful success.