UX design leaders don’t graduate into the positions of leadership and people management. Just like starting off in UX, leadership is a developed quality that takes time to learn and grow into. In some of the previous videos, I’ve already mentioned that books can be some of the best self-mentorship options out there. And if picked the right ones in some cases it can provide 10x the value of the actual mentor-mentee relationship.

Think about it – a book can summarise someone’s decades of life experience and you can literally learn and adjust your mindset every week if you’d want to. In this video, therefore I’ll share 10+ books that have been transformative for my leadership career. Most of these aren’t the typical ‘bubblegum’ recommendations that designers tend to recommend each other though.

Timestamps and links (note, for full disclosure: I’ll receive a cent or two from each of the books purchased):

  1. 1:06 James Altucher’s Choose Yourself – https://amzn.to/2RoRyih
  2. 1:46 Jocko Willink’s Extreme ownership – https://amzn.to/3wJYAhL Discipline equals freedom – https://amzn.to/3dP2bT7
    Leadership tactics and strategy – https://amzn.to/3d5KTSx
    The dichotomy of leadership – https://amzn.to/3wGICoy
  3. 4:33 Ryan Holiday’s The obstacle is the way – https://amzn.to/3uDlFAP
    The ego is the enemy – https://amzn.to/3mCy45q
  4. 5:32 Ian Robertson’s The Winner’s effect – https://amzn.to/2RgtnCs
  5. 6:28 Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s game – https://amzn.to/2QdoXf0
  6. 7:46 Simon Sinek’s Start with Why – https://amzn.to/3uJPtvL
  7. 9:18 Karen Pryor’s Don’t shoot the dog – https://amzn.to/2RjERoJ
  8. 10:51 Seth Godin’s What to do when it’s your turn (and it’s always your turn) – https://amzn.to/3g0EI3N
  9. 11:36 Robert Greene’s 48 Laws of Power – https://amzn.to/2RsOVMx
  10. 13:31 Nassim Taleb’s Skin in the game – https://amzn.to/2PQndZv
    Antifragile – https://amzn.to/3wFhcj3