People look to books to acquire knowledge. Sometimes books can be an escape from reality, and sometimes books can be a guide. Leadership is a topic that has been featured in many books, inspiring those who have read them and valued the lessons inside. Let’s take a look at some of the top leadership books, as featured in Forbes.

Learning to Lead – Ron Williams & Karl Weber

Segregated in Chicago as a child, Ron had no idea what he would grow up to accomplish. Little did he know he would eventually turn into a very successful healthcare executive, even becoming the CEO of Aetna. Williams describes his book as being for people struggling with getting on the correct path to leadership. Williams gives insights on lessons ranging from practical to philosophical. 

Humble Leadership: The Power of Relationships, Openness, and Trust – Edgar H. Schein & Peter A. Schein

Edgar Schein gives his insight on expert company culture in this book written alongside his son, Peter. They talk about leadership and the importance of focusing on growth as a team rather than constantly prioritizing your own personal advancement. They call this type of leadership “Level 2” and describe the contrast between hierarchical leadership and leadership that depends on the achievements of one specific individual. 

Leadership is an Art – Max De Pree

This book has made its influential mark in the world of creatives. The author Max was previously the CEO of Herman Miller, a top seller of home and office furnishings. Some of their most popular products include the Noguchi Table, Aeron Chair, and Eames Lounge Chair. Max discusses the company’s various business decisions that led to its success, such as hiring designers Ray and Charle Eames. Max also shares that one of the most important facets of leadership is the ability to build and nurture relationships. 

Leadershift – John C. Maxwell

John describes leadershift as a “leadership change that will positively enhance educational and personal growth.” He also discusses 11 different shifts he made during his career that evolved him into the leadership pioneer he is today. John believes all leaders should incorporate leadershift into the way they run their companies.