Read these 6 impactful books this summer | Feel your leadership confidence grow

Summer is kicking off; for many of us, this means extra reading time. If your reading list and maybe it’s lacking in the leadership department. Here are a few suggestions I have for you to add to your summer reading list:

Summer Reading Book Suggestions

📚 Digital Body Language by Erica Dhawan

Some of us are still virtual, some hybrid. However, even if you’re in the office full time, my guess is many of the meetings you have are virtual. On top of that, much of our communication is often via email, messenger or text. This book helps you understand the body language of digital communication. It’s fascinating and beneficial.
p.s. the PDF file that comes with the audio version is phenomenal!
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📚 Atlas of the Heart by Brene Brown

This book is not a book to read from front to back. Instead, it’s a reference book you’ll hopefully return to regularly. So take some time to skim through it and dig deeper into the parts that pull you in. This book helps you understand emotions and feelings and expands your emotional vocabulary. Developing your emotional vocabulary is extremely helpful if you want to increase your emotional intelligence and be a more composed and emotionally in control leader.
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📚 The Five Levels of Attachment by Don Miguel Ruiz Jr

You’ll recognize the author if you’ve read The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz. However, this book is by Don Miguel’s son. He goes through how we attach to ideas, thoughts and beliefs. Recognizing how tightly you’ve grasped your view helps to loosen your grip so that you can see others’ points of view, develop new awarenesses and grow yourself.
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📚 The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy

Oh my goodness! No, this is not a leadership book. Today it is rated #1 in Literary Graphic Novels, #4 in Happiness, and #5 in Ethics & Morality
But so many life lessons and reminders help put our lives into perspective. I listened to the audio version, which is less than an hour long and beautifully read by the author. I have replayed segments of it when I need those little reminders.
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I thought about doing a book club on this book. So if you read it, let me know if you’d be interested in that.

📚 Think Again by Adam Grant

Much of our thinking is unconscious. I’m often encouraging you to be more conscious with your thinking. In this book, you learn ways that thinking can help us and some of how it can get in the way. The ideas open your eyes to how you may want to engage in conversations with different people differently, explore other people’s thoughts, get their input and work together.
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📚 Mastering Confidence by Kathy Archer

Yes, I am also recommending my book. In in, I provide you with a framework for managing your thoughts. When your doubt, hesitation, and fear of imposter syndrome get in the way of leading, presenting, engaging in difficult conversations or running a staff meeting, it doesn’t feel very good! This framework helps you rein in those thoughts and gives you structure you can return to when your thoughts begin to get the better of you again.
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What books would you add to the list? Comment below so the rest of us can add to our reading list too!

There are plenty of ways to brush up on your leadership skills this summer. Picking up one of these six books is a good start and see how a new perspective, idea or strategy can boost your confidence as a leader.

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Helping women leaders make it in the nonprofit world. Leadership Development Coach * Best-Selling Author * Wife * Mom * Grandma * Mom to one boxer named Zeus!

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Kathy Archer

Helping women leaders make it in the nonprofit world. Leadership Development Coach * Best-Selling Author * Wife * Mom * Grandma * Mom to one boxer named Zeus!