If you are a leadership consultant looking to make your career in advising people, organizations, and businesses on how to operate effectively, how to build a strong foundation, how to make cohesive teams, and how to plan for the present and the future- you better read these books.
Flawless Consulting: A Guide to Getting your Expertise Used, Authored by Peter Block: The book details out the importance of relationships. Without building authentic relationships, you can’t think of consulting and training. For consulting, you have to start from the basics- what drives people, what keeps them ticking, what are their problems and how effectively you can help them with your leadership expertise. Consultants have to be partners, be able to discover strengths and weaknesses, and work together with the party you are offering consulting services to.
Linchpin: Are you Indispensable?, Authored by Seth Godin: The author sees leadership development consulting as an art. He asks consultants to pursue leadership consulting with a clear passion, vision, and purpose. Some organizations go on to become successes while others fail. Some people reach the heights of fame while others become obscure. The reason is indispensability. If that is how you see things, then seize your opportunities with confidence and start your career in this dimension.
Good to Great: Why Some Companies make the Leap…and Others Don’t, Authored by Jim Collins: For you to be effective in leadership consulting, you have to self-assess personal motivation, business acumen, humility, and drive. Without being a leader in your own right, you would never be able to reach out to others telling them to be leaders. All of these qualities will push you to challenge yourself for ‘optimal thinking’ and accelerate your career path.
The Back of the Napkin, Authored by Dan Roam: The author puts a lot of emphases on visual thinking power. Moreover, in times of complex problems, he asks to let go of everything and pick up a pen and paper and draw. It will help clear your mind and communicate your idea clearly. If leadership development consulting is what you call your profession to be, this book is a must-read. As you go through the pages, you will discover how drawing is not just for the kids but can also help you learn new concepts.
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Authored by Stephen Covey: The author is greatly adept in effectively communicating as to how to be an expert in leading organizations, teams, and people. These 7 habits not just let you be an effective leader but help you to improve in your personal life too. Unlike other books which only inform about how to lead, this book stands different and will help you immensely in leadership development consulting. It won’t be wrong to say that this is one of the best books that are out there in the field of consulting and leadership.
These books will help you in gaining the influencing power and put force into your words and communication.