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Books Every Nonprofit Leader Should Read

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Lifelong learning is strongly correlated with reading. Research from Psychology Today shows that people who read a lot develop stronger brains, exhibit higher levels of empathy and lead more productive and successful lives. As self-proclaimed lifelong learners at NLC, we recently asked our community to share their favorite leadership books with us. Here are 14 of the best books for nonprofit leaders curated by our community of nonprofit and business professionals.

1. “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen R. Covey 

2. “Dare to Lead” by Brené Brown

3. “Start With Why” by Simon Sinek

4. “Leadership on the Line” by Ronald A. Heifetz

5. Joan Garry’s Guide to Nonprofit Leadership

6. “Non-Negotiable” by Sam Silverstein

7. “The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth” by John C. Maxwell

8. “Lead or Get Out of the Way” by Gary Vien

9. “Lead from the Outside” by Stacey Abrams

10. “Delivering Happiness” by Tony Hsieh

11. “I think, You Think, We All Think, Differently: Leadership Skills for Millennials & Gen Z” by Gregory A. Buschman

12. “Winning with People” by John Maxwell

13. “5 Dysfunctions of a Team” by Patrick Lincioni

14. “What Got You Here Will Not Get You There” by Marshall Goldsmith

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