My 2016 Best Books List

Well, it’s here.

The end of the year.

One of my favorite things to do each year is to review the list of books that I’ve read.  [Note: I keep a reading log throughout the year to keep track of everything I’ve read.]  I’m fascinated by how books shape me and how certain books provide the foundation for learning for the year.

So here is a quick list by category of some of my favorites this year.

Business & Leadership

Predictable Success: Getting Your Organization on the Growth Track — and Keeping It There by Les McKeown

Getting Naked: A Business Fable About Shedding the Three Fears that Sabotage Client Loyalty by Patrick Lencioni

Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges by Amy Cuddy

Rich Dad’s CASHFLOW Quadrant: Rich Dad’s Guide to Financial Freedom by Robert Kiyosaki

The E Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What To Do About It by Michael E. Gerber


The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way You Lead Forever by Michael Bungay Stainer

Emotional Intelligence 2.0 by Travis Bradberry and Jean Greaves

Faith & Personal Growth

A Hidden Wholeness: The Journey Toward an Undivided Life by Parker J. Palmer

Seeing in the Dark: Finding God’s Light in the Most Unexpected Places by Nancy Ortberg

The Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey to Self-Discovery by Ian Cron and Suzanne Stabile

Chase the Lion: If Your Dream Doesn’t Scare You It’s Too Small by Mark Batterson


The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware


What are the best books you’ve read this year and why?  What reading goals do you have for 2017?

Remember, leaders are learners and taking time for your development and growth directly impacts your leadership impact.

Read well! Lead well!

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  • Jon Stolpe December 28, 2016  

    One of my favorite books from 2016 was Essentialism.