Yearly Retrospective: My 2018 Reading List

At the beginning of 2018 I’ve decided to read books mainly related to self-improvement, not only from a personal point of view but also related to my role as a Team Leader at Infragistics. I intend to follow the same plan for 2019 as well.

Here is my reading list, that helped me to preserve and improve my personal and leadership skills:

Heal Your Wounds and Find Your True Self by Lise Bourbeau

I’ve read the book in Bulgarian, because it’s fairly old, although very explanatory in regards to the people nature/characters, based on different psychology researches. I like the way each character is described (positives/negatives), how to analyze yourself (emotions and nature), how to improve your understanding of others and how to better interact with them. English version of the book you can get from Amazon.

Yes, no, maybe by Stefanie Stahl

I believe this book could be quite helpful if you are interested in people's emotions and intentions and also in personal relationships. The author explains the typical behavior patterns of those who fear commitments, possible causes and shows how to overcome them. You can grab Kindle edition of the book here.

Start with Why by Simon Sinek

Great book, that explains why organizations and leaders are able to inspire where others aren’t. There is also a great TED talk on the book essence which covers the Golden circle concept and why we should start asking ourselves Why? before doing anything. You can get the book here.

How to lead — What you actually need to do to manage, lead and succeed by Jo Owen

The things that I like about that book are all the diagrams, tables, and practical exercises. It covers different concepts like — what behaviors should have each of us as a leader; Three and a half “P” of leadership; Myers–Briggs Type Indicator; The power of positivity; Practical role models; Understanding of Business and a lot more. You can grab the book from here.

The new one minute manager by Ken Blanchard and Spencer Johnson

There is no excuse NOT to read this book — well structured, short and effective! What I’ve taken from it — keep things simple by setting “one-minute” goals, praisings and re-directs. Ask brief and important questions, seek only for the simple truth and enjoy what you are doing. And the actual Book.

How to win friends and influence people by Dale Carnegie

Yes, this book is a must…

Thank you for the time you spent on reading this article, I will be glad to hear what is that one book you highly recommend for personal growth?

Software Development Team Lead at Infragistics, passionate about new technologies, personal growth, leadership, and team development.