Let’s face it, no matter how tired we are of hearing the mantra, “New Year, New Me,” we’ve all fallen prey to setting some type of intention for 2023. For some of us, this may include personal goals like setting better work-life boundaries or mapping out a long-term investment plan. But whatever your intentions, resolutions, or however we’re phrasing it are, at Chief, we have a resolution year in and year out: Becoming a stronger leader. And who better to ask than our own Chief network?

We surveyed more than 120 Chief Members to share the leadership books that have influenced their careers the most. From how to speak more powerfully, to how to assert your value, to how to strengthen your team, these seven books have helped Chief Members reach new heights.

True North Groups: A Powerful Path to Personal and Leadership Development by Bill George

“This book doesn’t claim that there is only one legitimate way to lead. It speaks to the power of authenticity and leading from your own area of strength and true nature. It makes leadership behaviors and thinking accessible at all stages and for all people. It made me realize I could lead as I was. I didn’t need to be someone else to be an effective leader. In fact, being myself was a strength to capitalize on, not hide.” — Paramita Sarkar, Head of Product Strategy, Management and Analytics at Ameriprise Financial

First, Break All the Rules by Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman

“It taught me to not just follow the status quo in being a leader. The prominent message that still sticks with me is to stop trying to make your teams equal by investing all your time in your weakest performers. [Instead], find everyone’s strengths and design positions for them to shine.” — Heather L. Beach, VP Enterprise Risk & Compliance at Xome

Rocking the Boat: How Tempered Radicals Effect Change Without Making Trouble by Debra Meyerson

“Helped me understand how to leverage the added value and differences I bring to the table to influence change as a woman leader.” — Melissa Welch, Chief Medical Officer at Health Catalyst

The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else in Business by Patrick Lencioni

“It really helped me take a step back to look at organizational leadership and how to build a culture that attracts and retains [top talent].” — Charlene Coughlin, President and Partner at TWIST Creative

It’s Not a Glass Ceiling, It’s a Sticky Floor: Free Yourself From the Hidden Behaviors Sabotaging Your Career Success by Rebecca Shambaugh

“[This book] inspires women to know and be themselves, to balance work/life, to embrace being good enough, to form your own BOD, to have political savvy, to make your words count, and to ask for what you want and choose not to be stuck.” — Windy Nicholson, VP Technology & Product Mergers & Acquisitions Integration at Salesforce

Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t by Simon Sinek

“I love this book because it speaks to the core of what I consider to be real leadership. Your actions should inspire others to do more and dream bigger. I love their work.” — Christie Blake, VP Analyst Relations at Talkdesk

Successful Women Speak Differently: 9 Habits That Build Confidence, Courage, and Influence by Valorie Burton

“[This book has] simple nuggets of reminders for how powerful our words are, and it’s based around nine habits.” — Rhonda Whyte, VP Convention Management at Events DC

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