The Top 10 Books I’ve Read in 2016

Books you should read


Every year I read or listen (audio books) to a handful of books. I believe all leaders should implement the method of reading books into their personal growth plan. Harry Truman said, “Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.” The 2 main categories I focus my reading or listening time on include: leadership and Christian growth book. Throughout the year I also scatter in books on the topic of marriage, parenting, and counseling.

I would like to share with you the top 5 leadership books and the top 5 Christian growth books I’ve read in 2016. These are all ones you should consider placing on your reading list.

Top 5 leadership books

Learning Leadership: The Five Fundamentals of Becoming an Exemplary Leader by: James A. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner

Learning Leadership: The Five Fundamentals of Becoming an Exemplary Leader is a comprehensive guide to unleashing the inner-leader in us all and to building a solid foundation for a lifetime of leadership growth and mastery. The book offers a concrete framework to help individuals of all levels, functions, and backgrounds take charge of their own leadership development and become the best leaders they can be.

The Ideal Team Player: How to Recognize and Cultivate the Three Essential Virtues: A Leadership Fable by Patrick M. Lencioni

In The Ideal Team Player, Lencioni tells the story of Jeff Shanley, a leader desperate to save his uncle’s company by restoring its cultural commitment to teamwork. Jeff must crack the code on the virtues that real team players possess and then build a culture of hiring and development around those virtues. Beyond the fable, Lencioni presents a practical framework and actionable tools for identifying, hiring, and developing ideal team players.

The Talent Masters: Why Smart Leaders Put People Before Numbers by Bill Conaty and Ram Charan

The Talent Masters itself stems from a unique combination of talent: During a 40-year career at General Electric, Bill Conaty worked closely with CEOs Jack Welch and Jeff Immelt to build that company’s world-renowned talent machine. Ram Charan is the legendary advisor to companies around the world. Together they use their unparalleled experience and insight to write the definitive book on talent – a breakthrough in how to take a business to the next level.

Lead Your Boss: The Subtle Art of Managing Up by John Baldoni

Every manager on the move wants to have influence at the top in order to get his or her ideas heard and ultimately acted upon. In Lead Your Boss, recognized leadership guru John Baldoni gives managers new as well as tried and true methods for influencing both their bosses and their peers, and giving senior leaders reasons to follow their lead.

Primal Leadership: Realizing the Power of Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman , Richard Boyatzis , and Annie McKee

Drawing from decades of analysis, the authors show that resonant leaders excel not just through skill and smarts but also by connecting with others, using EI competencies such as empathy and self-awareness. And they employ up to six leadership styles – from visionary to coach to pacesetter – fluidly interchanging them as the situation demands. The program no leader in any walk of life can afford to miss, this unforgettable work transforms the art of leadership into the science of results.

Top 5 Christian growth books

How’s Your Soul?: Why Everything You Want in Life Starts with the Inside You by Judah Smith

In How’s Your Soul?, Judah explores the various facets and needs of the inner person, showing listeners how to cultivate healthy souls and leading them to the discovery that ultimately their souls are fully home – in a state of internal wellness, fulfillment, and completeness – only when they look to God, trust God, and rest in God.

Moving Mountains: Praying with Passion, Confidence, and Authority by John Eldredge

In a world filled with danger, adventure, and wonder, we have at our disposal prayers that can transform the events and issues that matter most to us and to God. Moving Mountains shows you how to experience the power of daily prayer, learn the major types of prayers – including those of intervention, consecration, warfare, and healing – and to discover the intimacy of the cry of the heart prayer, listening prayer, and praying scripture. Things can be different, and you personally have a role to play with God in bringing about that change through prayer. It may sound too good to be true, but this is your invitation to engage in the kind of prayers that can move God’s heart as well as the mountains before you.

Emotionally Healthy Spirituality: It’s Impossible to Be Spiritually Mature, While Remaining Emotionally Immature by Peter Scazzero

In this best-selling book, Scazzero outlines his journey and the signs of emotionally unhealthy spirituality. Then he provides seven biblical, reality-tested ways to break through to the revolutionary life Christ meant for you. “The combination of emotional health and contemplative spirituality,” he says, “Unleashes the Holy Spirit inside us so that we might experientially know the power of an authentic life in Christ.”

How People Grow: What the Bible Reveals About Personal Growth by Henry Cloud and John Townsend

Our desire to grow runs deep. Yet the issues in our lives and relationships that we wish would change often stay the same, even with our best efforts at spiritual growth. What does it take to experience increasing strength and depth in our spiritual walk, our marriages, family lives, and friendships, our personal development, in everything life is about? And how can we help others move into growth that is profound and lasting?

Unpacking the practical and passionate theology that forms the backbone of their counseling, doctors Henry Cloud and John Townsend shatter popular misconceptions about how God operates and how growth happens.

Rooted: The Hidden Places Where God Develops You by Banning Liebscher

In Rooted, Banning Liebscher takes us to the life of David to show how God expands our root system in the hidden places to leave an impact on the visible world. It was in a field of prayerful devotion, a season of serving, and a cave of community that God prepared David for his crown – the same way God prepares us. Take a look at your own life. Are you embracing God’s process, the sometimes painstaking and maddening process? When we can release ourselves to God, we will find that we can thrive while he develops us rather than succumb to discouragement.

Questions: Have you read any of these books? What are the top books you read in 2016?

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6 thoughts on “The Top 10 Books I’ve Read in 2016

  1. Great List Dan! Love How People Grow. A revolutionary one for me. Check out Necessary Endings by Cloud. That was my top one for this year. I’m intrigued by Primal Leadership and Judah Smiths book. Thanks!

  2. I haven’t read any of these books but I have added a few to my reading list- thank you!

    I’ve read some really great books this past year. Two of my favorites are:
    “Daniel Revisited” By Mark Davidson and “Back to Joy” by Toni M. Daniels