For the past couple of years, I’ve done an end-of-the-year blog post on the books I’ve read and the lessons I’ve picked up from reading them. Last year’s list is here and 2018’s top reads can be found here.
Before we dive in, a quick message for leaders. Leaders who stop learning will gradually find that their message becomes stale. They begin to lose their influence. Reading and exposure to new people and new ideas tweak our thinking, give us new ideas, and often, put us on a new path.
In 2020, we were hit with an unexpected curveball in mid-March. All plans were no longer valid. Playbooks were irrelevant. The old way quickly became antiquated. Personally, some of the insights I gained from reading (and having a close circle of accountability partners to help drag me into the new environment) allowed our company to thrive, even in the midst of the chaos.
That said, here are 10 books that I enjoyed – and found profitable – in 2020.