Maria N. PapacostaOwner & Director of Happy Creations

2019 sees the release of many great and long anticipated leadership books. I suspect  it will be a year with many fresh ideas, new strategies and thought provoking concepts. Here are 7 of the most recent leadership books worth reading!


1. Brave New Work: Are You Ready to Reinvent Your Organization?

by Aaron Dignan  (February 2019)

In this easy to read book, Aaron Dignan teaches companies how to eliminate red tape, tap into collective intelligence, and rethink long held traditions that no longer make sense. In Brave New Work, the author shows you how to revolutionize the way you, your team and your company works forever. Adam Grant wrote about the book ‘This book is a breath of fresh air. Read it now, and make sure your boss does too.’

2. Brave, Not Perfect: Fear Less, Fail More, and Live Bolder.

by Reshma Saujani  (February 2019)

This is one of the books that you will surely love. It’s not just uplifting, it actually offers you a new perspective into things. In Brave, Not Perfect, Reshma shares powerful insights and practices to help women let go of their need for perfection and make bravery a lifelong habit.

3. From the Ground Up: A Journey to Reimagine the Promise of America.

by Howard Schultz (January 2019)

From the longtime CEO and chairman of Starbucks, an intriguing work about the new responsibilities that leaders, businesses, and citizens share in American society today. An easy read with a good balance between autobiography, entrepreneurship, and politics.

4. The Bartering Mindset: A Mostly-Forgotten Framework for Mastering Your Next Negotiation.

by Brian Gunia (March 2019)

This book immerses readers in the assumptions made by barterers, collectively referred to as the bartering mindset. It skillfully demonstrates how to apply this mindset to modern, monetary negotiations. The Bartering Mindset supports that our individual, organizational, and social problems fester for a predictable reason: we apply a monetary mindset to our negotiations, leading to suboptimal thinking, counterproductive behaviors, and disappointing outcomes.  By offering the bartering mindset as an alternative, this book will help people negotiate better.

5. The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups.

by Daniel Coyle (February 2019)

The Culture Code reveals the secrets of some of the best teams in the world, from Pixar to Google to US Navy SEALs. It analyses the three skills such groups have mastered in order to generate trust and a willingness to collaborate. If you want to learn more about how to build and above all sustain a great team, then this is definitely a must read.

6. Wise Guy: A Memoir, Lessons from a Life.

by Guy Kawasaki (February 2019)

Wise Guy, could be Kawasaki’s most personal book. It’s not a traditional memoir but a series of vignettes. You can literally open it at any page and you’ll find something you can relate to. A brilliant, enchanting read.

7. The HR Change Toolkit: Your complete guide to making it happen.

by Lucy Adams

Lucy Adams has created a very practical handbook for HR professionals, showing exactly how to go about making the change to create a function fit for world-leading 21st century organisations. It’s a very easy read full of useful resources.