A good leader is someone who creates solutions and supports the staff under them. A good leader is someone that listens. While some people are born with leadership qualities, others develop them while working their respective careers. Leaders are everywhere, and everyone can possess leadership qualities when they learn to take the lead instead of always following along.

Here are five authors who you'll want to read for sharp insight on leadership.

1. Harry Kraemer

Harry Kraemer is a best-selling author and decorated college professor. He was also the CEO of Baxter. His recently published book, "Becoming the Best: Build a World-Class Organization Through Values-Based Leadership" helps you develop leadership skills based upon your core values. Kraemer believes that self-development is a must.

You must outline a path for success with clear goals, create a team that respects you and make a difference in your immediate surroundings through problem solving/leadership skills. The end result of an immediate action must always be kept in hindsight for success in leadership.

2. Bruce Tulgan

Bruce Tulgan is a talented author that resonates well within millennials. He is a workplace author who specializes in management training and workplace diversity, and has published more than 20 workplace and leadership related titles. In his book, "Bridging the Soft Skills Gap: How to Teach the Missing Basics to Today's Young Talent", Tulgan discusses how millennials think about older generations. It also discusses the immaturity of younger generations in the workplace and their inability to handle difficult situations.

Millennials can become impeccable leaders, however. It takes determination, the want to succeed and the professional attitude to do so. Bruce Tulgan has spent a most of his career studying workplace behaviors and how those in leadership positions got there. He is quite insightful, but remains engaging at the same time. Millennials cannot become great leaders if they do not have appropriate mentors to help them along the way.

3. Jeff Boss

Jeff Boss is a former Navy SEAL and leadership author. His other writing interests include adaptability and high performance teams in the workplace. Boss helps teams, and individuals, to focus on their communication and decision making abilities to optimize the results they expect to achieve.

Jeff Boss prides himself on helping businesses thrive in difficult environments and overcome geographical adversities. He also helps businesses reach their goals through aligning working/business habits and strategies.

Some of the strategies that Jeff is able to teach others wishing for a path to leadership include:

By teaching businesses how to structure their goals around these principals, better success is achieved. The same applies to those working in leadership roles and those wishing to obtain a leadership position.

4. Sydney Finkelstein

Sydney Finkelstein is an expert in business leadership and strategy. He is the faculty director at the Tuck School of Business, associated with Dartmouth College, for the Tuck Executive Program. Formerly at Tuck, he was the faculty director of the Center of Leadership. He is known for both his academic reference books and leadership-based titles.

One of his more popular works, "Why Smart Executives Fail" was compiled from data received during a 6-year study of business leaders. His writings are inspiring and helps business leaders sharpen their skills.

5. Brene Brown

Brene Brown is a strong public speaker, author and is a decorated American scholar. She has reached #1 New York Times Bestseller lists twice with two published works, "The Gifts of Imperfection" and "Daring Greatly". Brown has been deemed a "Social Scientist", and has been featured on global television networks including CNN, PBS, NPR and TED.

In her leadership-themed book, "Rising Strong" she teaches readers how to overcome being stuck in the rut between knowing the business you're in but, not advancing despite your skills. This is a vulnerable state to be in, and Brown users her compassion skills to help individuals achieve success.

Bottom Line

Writing about leadership from experience is difficult. It is because leadership is a very broad topic. The general idea is a leader is someone who can effectively manage a group of individuals and produce results. These authors all have their own approach to leadership and what common skills are desirable. If you are looking to advance your career but are stuck in the motivation department, reading inspiring passages from any of the above mentioned authors should give you the necessary boost to press forward. Businesses can also take advantage of the advice and education available in books geared toward business and leadership, reaching goals and overall business success

Published on: Apr 5, 2016