Top 26 Can’t Miss Leadership Audiobooks

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Best Leadership AudioBooks

These best 26 leadership audiobooks will help you kick leadership butt, becoming the leader that your family and friends always knew you can be. While I cannot guarantee you will enjoy each of these audiobooks, I want to provide many different sources for you to explore on your leadership journey.

And yes, that is the inside of my car (below), and no, I was not driving when I took this picture. Affirmative…there is duct tape on my steering wheel cover. What can I say? It has 243,000 miles and counting on it. But I digress…

Listening to good audiobooks while driving, working out, or cooking dinner is a way to significantly increase your productivity. You can’t read a physical or ebook while doing any of those. Well at least not effectively, legally, or safely!

I am honored to be a guide along your leadership journey, pointing out the pitfalls and mistakes I have made, thus illuminating your path. Enjoy these top leadership audiobooks!

Best Leadership AudioBooks

1. The One Minute Manager by Ken Blanchard

​This is one of the top business audiobooks of all time from the world-renowned Ken Blanchard.

The One Minute Manager on Amazon

​2. Go Put Your Strengths to Work by Marcus Buckingham

Focus on growing and strengthening your strengths and less on making your weaknesses better. Your time is better spent on your areas of passion and skill.

Go Put Your Strengths to Work on Amazon

3. Good to Great by Jim Collins

Jim has written many research-backed leadership audiobooks.

 Good to Great on Amazon

4. The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey

Who knew that seven simple steps could make such a difference?

 The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People on Amazon

5. The Effective Executive by Peter F. Drucker

From an author who has been called the Father of Modern Business Management

  The Effective Executive on Amazon

6. Why Leadership Sucks® Volume 1 by Miles Anthony Smith

This is Volume #1 of my Why Leadership Sucks®series.

Why Leadership Sucks® Volume 1 on Amazon

7. Lead Like Jesus by Ken Blanchard

Another audiobook from Mr. Blanchard…

Lead Like Jesus on Amazon

8. Dare to Serve by Cheryl Bachelder

Choosing to serve others while in a leadership role is tough, but it is worth it!

Dare to Serve on Amazon

9. The Top Ten Mistakes Leaders Make by Hans Finzel

As leaders, we all make mistakes…

 The Top Ten Mistakes Leaders Make on Amazon

10. The Essential Drucker by Peter F. Drucker

While most of us have a negative view of “lectures”, these are chock-full of leadership wisdom.

  The Essential Drucker on Amazon

11. The E-Myth by Michael E. Gerber

Many of us go into entrpreneurship as a great technician, thinking that we can run our own business and easily reap the profits our boss does but often don’t realize what the different skill set that it takes to run the operations of a business.

The E-Myth (Revisited) on Amazon

12. Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek

Putting others’ interests firsts doesn’t come natural to those of us in charge.

  Leaders Eat Last on Amazon

13. The Secret: What Great Leaders Know and Do by Ken Blanchard

There are secrets to learn and implement in our leadership to become wise leaders.

 The Secret on Amazon

14. The Servant by James C. Hunter

What? I’ve got to be come a servant? But I don’t want to be subservient to anyone? That’s why I want to be a leader…

  The Servant on Amazon

15. The Score Takes Care of Itself: My Philosophy of Leadership by Bill Walsh

Focus on leadership fundamentals, and the score (fame, wealth, etc.) will take care of itself.

 The Score Takes Care of Itself on Amazon

16. The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John C. Maxwell

The wise John Maxwell lays out 21 laws of the leadership universe.

The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership on Amazon

17. Leadership and Crisis by Bobby Jindal

Having led the state of Louisiana through a significant crisis, Governor Jindal made tough choices to lead from the front.

Leadership and Crisis on Amazon

18. The Virgin Way: Everything I Know about Leadership by Richard Branson

One from the brash, Branson…

The Virgin Way on Amazon

19. On Becoming a Leader: The Leadership Classic by Warren Bennis

On Becoming a Leader on Amazon

20. Why Leadership Sucks® Volume 2 by Miles Anthony Smith

This is Volume #2 of my Why Leadership Sucks® series.

Why Leadership Sucks® Volume 2 on Amazon

21. The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni

 The Five Dysfunctions of a Team on Amazon

22. Good Leaders Ask Great Questions by John C. Maxwell

 Good Leaders Ask Great Questions on Amazon

23. True North: Discover Your Authentic Leadership by Bill George

True North on Amazon

24. The Power of Servant Leadership by Robert K. Greenleaf

This one is from the author who coined the term “servant leadership.


The Power of Servant Leadership on Amazon

25. Rumsfeld’s Rules: Leadership Lessons in Business, Politics, War, and Life by Donald Rumsfield

Rumsfeld’s Rules on Amazon

26. It Worked for Me: In Life and Leadership by Colin Powell

It Worked for Me on Amazon
​Please let me know in the comments below which leadership audiobook should’ve made this list, and I will consider adding a few of them.

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