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Every year I put together a list of books to read in 2021, and this year is no different.

Here is my guide to 12 powerful books for you to read from January to December.  I've selected this list carefully, looking for books that will grow different areas of your leadership. And also ones that are important to expand your diversity & inclusion lens. 

I'm also thrilled to let you know that I'll be running a book club in 2021 based on this reading list - more details on that at the end of the post 🌟

Disclaimer: I've used Amazon affiliate links in this article, meaning at no cost to you, I get a small commission for purchases. It's kind of like saying "thanks!" for me putting the links together 🙂

January

Lead from the Outside 

Stacey Abrams

Key quote: "From the moment I enter a room, I am clear about how I intend to be treated and how I intend to engage.

February

Bossed Up

Emilie Aries

Key quote: "Saying no makes room for more "oh hell yes!" in your life." 

March

So You Want to Talk About Race

Ijeoma Oluo

Key quote: "When we identify where our privilege intersects with somebody else's oppression, we'll find our opportunities to make real change." 

April

The Gentle Art of Verbal Self-Defense at Work

Suzette Haden Elgin

Key quote: "Language is the only source of real power."

May

Eloquent Rage

Brittney Cooper

Key quote: "When I talk about owning eloquent rage as your superpower, it comes with the clear caveat that not everyone is worth your time or your rage."

June

Wordslut

Amanda Montell

Key quote: "One of our culture’s least helpful pieces of advice is that women need to change the way they speak to sound less “like women” (or that queer people need to sound straighter, or that people of color need to sound whiter)."

July

How to Be an Antiracist

Ibram X. Kendi

Key quote: "What’s the problem with being “not racist”? It is a claim that signifies neutrality."

August

Five Dysfunctions of a Team (Manga Edition),

Patrick Lencioni

Key quote: "Trust is knowing that when a team member does push you, they're doing it because they care about the team "

September

VisuaLeadership

Todd Cherches

Key quote: "[T]he goal of visual thinking and visual communication? Ultimately, in a simple phrase, it's about getting other people to "see what you're saying."

October

Between the World and Me

Ta-Nehisi Coates

Key quote: "You are growing into consciousness, and my wish for you is that you feel no need to constrict yourself to make other people comfortable."

November

The Speed of Trust

Stephen M.R. Covey

Key quote: "We judge ourselves by our intentions and
others by their behaviour
."

December

Being the Boss

Linda A. Hill

Key quote: "Nothing you do as a manager will be more important than developing and pursuing a view of the future that you and your group want to create."

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