Best Leadership Books of All Time

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The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli (1532)

Although "Machiavellian" is not a trait one would ever profess to want in a boss, coach or head of state, the Italian philosopher's controversial treatise is nonetheless a timeless leadership reference book for understanding them. Machiavelli's infamous position on the value of being feared versus loved is in fact more nuanced than popular culture would lead you to believe. His reasoning on the merits of being loved versus feared versus hated is lucid and not necessarily malevolent. He argues above all that it's important not to be hated.