3 Novels That Will Improve Your Leadership Skills





If you're looking to develop your business skills, don't fall into the trap of thinking that all  knowledge falls within the realm of the bookstore's business aisle. Keep the blood flowing to both sides of your brain by delving deeper into the inner life of characters that may be facing the same obstacles and challenges that you do on a daily basis.

  1. The Caine Mutiny by Herman Wouk - In his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, Herman Wouk profiles Lieutenant Commander Phillip Francis Queeg, captain of the minesweeper USS Caine during World War II. Queeg inherits a ship sorely lacking in discipline and tries to restore order. When his erratic behavior endangers the ship, his senior officers relieve him of command. This is a wonderful study of how a leader's insecurity and overwhelming desire to avoid mistakes can create a toxic environment for subordinates.
  2. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis -  Tells the story of four siblings who discover a portal to another world--one where they become kings and queens. Chronicles their growth as leaders as they face extraordinary challenges and ethical dilemmas. Includes lots of good lessons about learning from mistakes and the importance of mentors. This is part of C.S. Lewis' classic Chronicles of Narnia series.
  3. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes -  Don Quixote is a 16th-century Spanish gentleman who reads so many tales of romance and chivalry that he appoints himself a knight and embarks on a journey to save the world. Throughout the novel, Quixote embodies the spirit of an entrepreneur, who insists he can improve society even though his ideas seem unrealistic and significant obstacles stand in the way of his success.

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