On Leadership & Personal Development
At Avenir, we believe that being a leader goes hand in hand with being a reader. So, we have compiled a list of five recommended reads in the leadership or personal development space, we believe may help you whether at the individual or organisational level.
1The Road to Character by David Brooks
Political and cultural commentator David Brooks wrote this book with the intention to “save his own “soul.” Brooks examines the lives of ten historical figures and provides a roadmap for building character in today’s divisive landscape. We highly recommend this book for anyone on the leadership journey.
2 Tools for Titans by Tim Ferriss
Entrepreneur and podcast master Tim Ferriss has done us a favour by creating a comprehensive guide of the “tactics, routines, and habits” of “billionaires, icons, and world class performers.” From creatives, best selling artists, entrepreneurs, authors, and comics in Tools for Titans, Ferriss compiles insights from over 200 interviews with people like Brene Brown, Malcolm Gladwell, and more. Whether you’re short on time or prefer to read selectively, this book offers valuable wisdom.
3 The Old Man & The Sea by Ernest Hemingway
The chequered novelist wrote this short novella at the end of his life. Although not a conventional “leadership” book, this book explores profound themes of resilience, perseverance, and humility. It offers timeless lessons that can resonate with leaders in any context.
4 Four Thousand Weeks by Oliver Burkeman
In this bestselling book, British columnist Oliver Burkeman delves into various “productivity hacks” he has experimented with over the years, sharing his insights with readers. “Four Thousand Weeks” presents a philosophical approach to time management, challenging readers to reorient our tasks, priorities, and overall relationship with time. It is a thought-provoking invitation for people to reflect on their own use of time and limitations.
5 Let My People Go Surfing by Yves Chinourad
This book shares the inspiring story and values that have shaped one of the best outdoor brands in modern history, Patagonia. From its humble beginnings to its commitment to conservation and philanthropy, Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard imparts great wisdom for individuals who don’t quite fit the status quo. “Let My People Go Surfing” is a compelling and practical read that is sure to strike a chord with leaders seeking alternative approaches.
We would love to hear about your current reading material and any recommendations you might have for fellow leaders!