Three Great Leadership Books
Grow as a Leader in 2018
Here at Big Sky Collision Center, we often describe what we do as, “We build leaders, we just happen to be good at fixing cars.” But how does that work exactly? How is a leader built? There is a saying that leaders are readers; and if you want to grow personally, then you should be reading.
Most people read just 5 or 6 books per year. If you’re quite the reader, you might hit 12. If you’re a super reader you shoot for 50. Let’s start with being better than average. Read your usual 5 or 6 books, and add these three leadership books to the list.
Developing the Leader Within You – John Maxwell
There are two versions of the book: a “novel” and a workbook. Either one is great, but the workbook will really inspire you to grow and push yourself to new heights as a leader. In the book you walk through 10 different areas of leadership, and how you can grow yourself in those areas. You learn about attitude, integrity, vision, and more. Maxwell has long been seen as one of the great minds in leadership training; after you read this book it’s easy to see why he’s considered such!
Mindset: The New Psychology of Success – Dr. Carol Dweck
This book makes you stop and think. The basic premise is that our minds and our abilities aren’t capped by anything except our mindset. If we truly believe that we can keep growing, learning, and doing better (and if we put in the hard work that is required), then there is nothing stopping us from getting there! Dr. Dweck goes through how our mindset affects everything from business, to school, to relationships, to parenting. It’s an excellent insight into how we think, and has some very real applications no matter what your situation is.
Chop Wood Carry Water – Joshua Medcalf
Chop Wood Carry Water is a great step by step instruction booklet on, “How to fall in love with the process of becoming great.” Medcalf takes you through the story of John and his journey to become a Samurai archer. His sensei, Akira, teaches him invaluable life lessons; many of them have nothing to do with archery. As the story progresses John grows and so will you. By the end you will have 28 nuggets of truth that can be applied to your life. There are some that will hit deep, and others that will be more of an, “I never thought of it that way before.” Short chapters make it easy to do one every night before bed.
Make 2018 the Year of Personal Growth
As we strive to becoming the best auto body shop in Billings, and in Montana, and in the country, you should strive to become the best you! It all starts with understanding yourself and the way you think. Then you can develop your inter-personal skills and build yourself up as a better person that can lead and invest into those who need a little guidance.
Of course if you need your vehicle fixed, we would be happy to make sure that it’s repaired right.