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12 Books Successful Recruitment Leaders Swear By


All successful business leaders look outside their silos for inspiration and motivation. Only by learning from the experiences of others, can we improve our mindset and supercharge our leadership performance.

Because great leaders don’t create followers, they create new leaders.

There are thousands of self-development books available, but below is a list of those recommended by actual business leaders within the recruitment profession. So why not choose a couple of titles you’re interested in, hop onto Amazon, and improve your life, both recreationally and commercially.


SUPERFAST – Lead At Speed

Author, Sophie Devonshire

Leaders need to move at speed. It’s time to learn how to lead innovatively, decisively and impactfully in a world that is changing fast.

Providing practical solutions to leadership questions with a real focus on contemporary challenges, innovations and problems, Superfast is a shortcut to organisational progress and individual success



Authors, Stephen C. Lundin, Harry Paul, John Christensen

A remarkable way to boost morale and improve results.

Imagine a workplace where everyone chooses to bring energy, passion and a positive attitude to the job every day. In this engrossing parable, a fictional manager has the responsibility of turning a chronically unenthusiastic and unhelpful department into an effective team.



Author, Aubrey Marcus

Revolutionise your life one day at a time with this empowering handbook designed for men and women which provides simple strategies for each element of your day.

How can we get the most out of our body and mind on a daily basis?



Author, Eckhart Tolle

Packed full of information and inspirational ideas, this international bestselling spiritual book demonstrates how to live a healthier, happier, mindful life by living in the present moment.



Author, Sheryl Sandberg

Sheryl Sandberg – Facebook COO and one of Fortune magazine’s Most Powerful Women in Business – draws on her own experience of working in some of the world’s most successful businesses and looks at what women can do to help themselves and make the small changes in their life that can effect change on a more universal scale.



Author, Prof Steve Peters

Do you sabotage your own happiness and success? Are you struggling to make sense of yourself? Do your emotions sometimes dictate your life? The Chimp Paradox is an incredibly powerful mind management model that can help you become a happy, confident, healthier and more successful person.



Author, Patrick Lenciono

Written in the same dynamic style as his previous bestsellers including The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, Lencioni illustrates the principles of inspiring client loyalty through a fascinating business fable. He explains the theory of vulnerability in-depth and presents concrete steps for putting it to work in any organization.



Author, Penny Mallory

This powerful book is for everyone interested in upping their game in every aspect of their life. Penny brilliantly dispels the myth that elite performers are ‘special’ and that you possess all the qualities you need to be at the top end of your game. You just haven’t discovered them yet!


THE 4 KEYS: How To Win In Your Business, Body, Relationships And Mindset

Author, Andrew Sillitoe

You’re channelling all of your energy into a three-year business plan. But while you’re focused on work, your The 4 Keys reveals how devoting equal time to work, body, relationships, and mindset will bring your life into balance, helping you to achieve your goals, whilst ensuring your partner doesn’t leave you.



Author, Caspar Craven

An incredibly motivating book about how a young family changed their lives and sailed around the world. This is a journey that draws on real-life experiences as the team face unpredictable emergencies and learnt how to cope with the setbacks and surprises to ensure their wild dream became a reality. Looking for inspiration? Hope aboard.


TAMING TIGERS – Do The Things You Never Thought You Could

Author, Jim Lawless

Everybody has a Tiger. It is the thing that snarls at us when we think about making a change in our lives and stops us developing and achieving our potential. In this book Jim shares his proven and inspirational training programme to help you achieve your dreams by taming the Tigers in your life.


REBEL IDEAS – The Power of Diverse Thinking

Author, Matthew Syed

Where do the best ideas come from? And how do we apply these ideas to the problems we face – at work, in the education of our children, and in the biggest shared challenges of our age: rising obesity, terrorism and climate change? In this bold and inspiring book, Matthew argues that individual intelligence is no longer enough; that the only way to tackle these complex problems is to harness the power of our ‘cognitive diversity’. Rebel Ideas offers a radical blueprint for creative problem-solving. It challenges hierarchies, encourages constructive dissent and forces us to think again about where the best ideas come from.

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