Great Novels with Important Lessons for Leaders
a book list by Jason Seiden, author of How to Self-Destruct: Making the Least of What's Left of Your Career
For years, I thought that if I could teach a class on leadership, I would build a syllabus based on some of my favorite books, all of which highlight various struggles and decisions leaders face better than any business primer. And wouldn't you know it: the day came when I did teach a class on leadership. Graduate level, at that!
The best thing about my list, I think, is that these are good books with compelling storylines, interesting characters, and relatable lessons. Because to let you in on a little secret, I don't like most business books. There's the outrageously out-of-whack fluff-to-goodness ratio, yes, but there's also something else: business books try and spoon feed me their lessons. Sorry, folks. I'm not in grade school anymore. Spoon feeding doesn't work.
For my adult brain, I need to be presented a problem and then given the tools to work through it... and the books that give me what I need aren't business books. Here's my list:
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