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12 memoirs managers should read to elevate their leadership skills

12 memoirs managers should read to elevate their leadership skills

Michelle Obama's memoir, "Becoming."
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Memoirs teach us how to overcome adversity, lead effectively, and find pathways to success.




Reading is a common habit for powerful leaders in business.




Insider created a list of the most poignant memoirs for corporate leaders.




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When a person thinks of books about management and productivity, memoirs may not come to mind. But as Nahema Mehta, the CEO of Absolut Art, told Insider, they "could easily be considered books on leadership." Memoirs allow us to hear the thought processes of influential people during their journey to the top. They're packed with lessons about challenges, resilience, relationships, and success. The benefits of reading are a favorite conversation topic for powerful people such as Barack Obama, who recently released his reading list for the summer, and Bill Gates, who said he reads 50 books every year. And they aren't rereading "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People" - these leaders are known for their selective taste in books, including memoirs.Below, you'll find a list of 12 memoirs from political leaders, CEOs, athletes, comedians, and more that won't feel like homework and will offer great lessons about leadership, creativity, and finding fulfillment at work.

1. "Wolfpack: How to Come Together, Unleash Our Power, and Change the Game" by Abby Wambach

12 memoirs managers should read to elevate their leadership skills


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