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Which leadership book have you most recently read?

7 Answer Examples

By: Rachelle Enns

How to Answer

Reading books on leadership, and professional development, in general, is essential to your career and personal growth. The interviewer would like to make sure that you are self-aware and invest in yourself. If you spend time investing in yourself, chances are you will also take the time to invest in your employees.

Some excellent leadership books include:

- "The New One Minute Manager," by Ken Blanchard & Spencer Johnson
- "Good to Great," by Jim Collins
- "How to Win Friends and Influence People," by Dale Carnegie
- "The Five Dysfunctions of a Team," by Patrick Lencioni
- "Leaders Eat Last," by Simon Sinek
- "Primal Leadership," by Daniel Goleman
- "Daring Greatly," by Brene Brown

Professional Answer Examples
General
Answer example

"The New One Minute Manager,"

Admin
Answer example

"Just this past week I read 'Daring Greatly,' by Brene Brown. The author is well-known in the personal growth space, and this particular book touches on vulnerability and setting out to be extraordinary in all that we do."

Manager
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"My absolute favorite book on leadership and one that has shaped my management style is 'The New One Minute Manager,' by Ken Blanchard and Spencer Johnson. It's an older book, originally written in 1982, with a newly revised version. The publication discusses the concept of one-minute goals, one-minute praisings, and one-minute reprimands when necessary. Have you read it?"

Marketing
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"I have read many wonderful books on leadership! Most recently, I have read 'The Five Dysfunctions of a Team,' by Patrick Lencioni. I recently heard that the concepts addressed in this book as ones that were implemented by many NFL coaches. The dysfunctions he includes are the absence of trust, fear of conflict, lack of commitment, avoidance of accountability, and inattention to results."

Retail
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"Right now, I am reading 'How to Win Friends and Influence People.' I know it's an oldie but Dale Carnegie is a staple in the business world, and I believe everyone can learn a great deal from him. I plan to read all of his books, and I encourage my team to do the same."

Sales
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"The best leadership book I have read, and I am currently reading it for the third time, is 'Good to Great,' by Jim Collins. It's a book about leadership and companies in general. I have learned a lot about what separates a good company from a great company, and how most companies are never excellent, and why."

Teacher
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"I am currently reading "Leaders Eat Last," by Simon Sinek. I like Simon's books and his other teachings because they are realistic and insightful. This particular book focuses on why some teams pull together and why some do not. I plan to take what I learn and implement it in my classrooms, encouraging my students to pull together."

Written by:

Rachelle Enns
Rachelle Enns is an executive head-hunter and job search expert. Utilized by top executives from Fortune 100 & 500 companies like Fitbit, Microsoft, General Electric, Nestle, and more, she helps professionals position themselves in a competitive marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume, a company that focuses on helping job seekers get their edge back. Renovate My Resume creates stand-out resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles and professional summaries for new grads, all the way to corporate executives. Rachelle spends much of her time training career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers. She also holds interview workshops for students and interns, globally. For great tips and tricks, follow Rachelle on Instagram @_rachelle_e or @renovatemyresume.
Published: 08/06/2018
*Specific career answer examples vary on published date
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