Press Start Leadership Podcast

The 3 Worst Books for New Leaders

September 20, 2021 Press Start Leadership Season 1 Episode 38
Press Start Leadership Podcast
The 3 Worst Books for New Leaders
Show Notes Transcript

On this week's episode of Press Start Leadership Podcast, we discuss:

The 3 Worst Books for New Leaders

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Joey The Mad Scientist:

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Christopher Mifsud:

Hey there, press starters and welcome back to another awesome edition of the press Start leadership podcast. On this week's episode, I'm discussing the three worst books for new leaders. All right, so let's talk about it. The three worst books for new leaders. Be wary when you read these titles. When you pursue a career and leadership, well intentioned leaders and mentors often want to help. It's common for those who came before you to share what was recommended to them, which is great. philosophies have changed over time, though, and some of them are more harmful than helpful. There are three books I've seen constantly suggested for new leaders throughout my career. And while they can be helpful, it's not for the reasons you might think. Here are three books I don't recommend, if you want to become a great leader, How to Win Friends and Influence People, Dale Carnegie, this book is the least dangerous of the three, but I wouldn't consider his teachings positive. While it's true that navigating people take skill, this book does what it says it teaches you to win and influence. And it does so with manipulation tactics. How to Win Friends and Influence People has been incredibly popular over the years. So many leaders you encounter come from this line of thinking. While I don't suggest you apply the lessons from this book, read it to see when people are applying it against you. The Art of War, Sun Tzu. Again, this is not the worst book on this list. But I also don't think it's a great book for leaders. At its core, it's military theater being sold to leaders with the idea that it helps them maneuver their way through corporate life. You're following the path of the servant leader. This is not the treaties on that. However, leaders from military backgrounds often subscribe to this philosophy. And it's quoted more than almost any other book on leadership. different situations call for different tactics, and it's good to know them. So read this book and put it in your utility belt Batman The prince Niccolo Machiavelli. So this is it. The book absolutely don't recommend for any reason. The prince, in my opinion has no business in well business. It's all about the subterfuge of other ruling princes in Italy in full of moral ambiguity, as well as plenty of other issues. This book was commonly recommended for the Wolf of Wall Street types in the 1980s. You know, the guys in power suits who are brokering deals and gobbling up cocaine like Charlie Sheen and Wall Street. It's usually assholes that take advice from this book, so stay far, far away. becoming a leader should be your choice to use your power for awesome, not for evil. So be careful what you read. If you need a little help finding that awesome, please check out the three books I do recommend for new leaders. Listen to my podcast and contact me for some one on one coaching. That's this week's episode of press star leadership podcast. Thanks for tuning in. And as always, thanks for being awesome. Give us a follow, like, share, and even review if you feel like it. We'd really appreciate it. Cheers. If you haven't downloaded my free e book five heroic leadership skills, click on the link in the description. Tune in next week for your next episode of press star leadership podcast. Thank you. Oh, hi. The episodes over but thanks for sticking around till the end. Be sure to check out more episodes in the playlist and new episodes every week on Monday. Follow or subscribe so you never miss an episode. Don't forget to leave a review. Thanks again. for being awesome