When you are responsible for leading and managing others, it can be easy to put your own development needs to the bottom of the pile, whilst you focus on developing those in your team. It can be a challenge to make time to invest in your own self-development and with so much literature available online and offline, it can all very easily become overwhelming to try to ‘do it all’.

Whilst investing in training, ongoing CPD and coaching, all of which can be very effective forms of development, learning and growth, reading offers something a little different.

Reading isn’t only useful to help us to develop our knowledge and broaden our learning capabilities, it’s also been proven that reading helps develop our communication and emotional intelligence, which are essential for successful leaders and managers!

So, if you are keen to throw yourself into reading and you want to create a ‘new habit’ for yourself, why not make reading part of your daily routine and take a look at some of the books we have recommended below.


  • The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way You Lead Forever, by Michael Bungay Stanier
  • Daring Greatly: How the Courage to be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent and Lead, by Brené Brown
  • Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action, by Simon Sinek
  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, by Stephen R. Covey
  • Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, by Daniel H. Pink
  • The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups, by Daniel Coyle
  • The Ride of a Lifetime: Lessons in Creative Leadership from 15 Years as CEO of The Walt Disney Company, by Robert Iger