Becoming a Better Business Leader

Published: Jan 22, 2013
Last Updated: Jun 14, 2017

Whether you’re managing an office or starting your own business, good leadership is an essential ingredient of business success. But what makes a good leader? According to John Baker, president of the organizational and leadership development firm READY Thinking, “Leadership is accomplishing things that reach beyond solitary abilities by acting — and getting others to act — with a maturity that surpasses limited self-interest.”

We've put together the most helpful articles, websites, infographics and books we could find to help you become a better business leader. Use the comments section to recommend any other leadership resources we may have missed.

On the Web

How to Become a Better Leader: 15 Entrepreneurs Weigh In | Fifteen successful entrepreneurs define leadership and tell what they think makes a good leader.
First-time Managers: Don't Micromanage | This article from is perfect for newly minted managers who want to control everything. It gives helpful hints to avoid common first-time management mistakes.
10 Do's and Don'ts Every Good Leader Should Practice | President and CEO of Highland Consulting Group gives her tips for successful leadership in the workplace.


Getting Fit to Lead by Michigan State University | This infographic outlines leadership styles, leadership development training goals and more to help you shape up your leaderhip skills.
Leadership Qualities by Center for Management and Organization Effectiveness | Visually highlights the 8 qualities of a good leader.
Does Leadership Quality Matter? by University of Notre Dame | Looks at how high quality leadership provides better results and some roadblock to successful business leadership.


HBR's 10 Must Reads on Leadership by Harvard Business Review | THBR's 10 Must Reads on Leadershiphis compilation brings together Harvard Business Review's best 10 articles to help you maximize your own and your organization's performance.





AMA Business Boot Camp: Management and Leadership Fundamentals That Will See You Successfully Through Your Career by Edward Reilly AMA Business Boot Camp| The American Management Association presents the most critical, "must-have" skills for managers and leaders in one handy volume. Covering everything from management and leadership to project management and strategy, this one-of-kind reference serves as a crash course in the fundamentals required for lasting success.



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