As the holiday season gets into full swing, another year moves on to its close. This is a great time to stop and reflect, to think about what you’ve learned in the past year and what you can share with others from your experience. It’s also a great time to review the books that had an impact on you so others can read and glean insight from them as well. With that in mind, here is a list of some of the best leadership books of 2019 (just in time for the gift-giving season too).

Get Real: The Power of Genuine Leadership, a Transparent Culture, and an Authentic You by Anne Crowe 

Get Real: The Power of Genuine Leadership, a Transparent Culture, and an Authentic You by Anne Crowe 

We’ve all heard the phrase “fake it ‘til you make it.” It’s prevalent in all sectors of the business community, and it might not be the best philosophy after all. Anne Crowe explores the power of connecting who you truly are to what you do, and how building truth, transparency, and authenticity can help as a leader. Drawing on her years of public relations work, as well as the personal experiences of her life outside of work, this book is a great way to help leaders not lose themselves in their drive forward. A great read for new and more experienced leaders alike.

Ride of a Lifetime: Lessons Learned from 15 Years as CEO of the Walt Disney Company by Robert Iger

Ride of a Lifetime: Lessons Learned from 15 Years as CEO of the Walt Disney Company by Robert Iger

Robert Iger took over the Walt Disney Company in 2005, during a period of intense competition and accelerated technological advances. In his tenure as CEO, he has grown the company to become the largest and most respected media company on the planet, as well as acquiring two of the most popular IPs in history and another film studio. All this while leading a company of over 200,00 employees. This book collects the stories of Iger’s triumphs, missteps, and outright failures in that incredible time. It’s a must-read for leaders of all levels, filled with incredible insight and experience.

Unlocking Leadership Mindtraps: How to Thrive in Complexity by Jennifer Garvey Berger 

Unlocking Leadership Mindtraps: How to Thrive in Complexity by Jennifer Garvey Berger 

Jennifer Garvey has worked with a wide variety of leaders in her work as a consultant. In this book she takes that experience, as well as her strong background in adult development, to illustrate five mindtraps and the techniques to avoid them. It’s a quick read full of valuable information to hone your mindset for leadership and growth. Too often we fall into the rhythm of thinking we have to know everything when this book will show you we actually just need to know how to avoid the cognitive pitfalls we encounter while leading. An amazing and practical guide for any modern leader to read.

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