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FitOn HealthMarch 043 min read

8 Books Every Leader Should Add to Their Reading List

As organizations strive to create a culture of well-being, leaders play a pivotal role in championing health and wellness initiatives. To equip leaders with the knowledge and tools to navigate these challenges effectively, we've curated a list of eight essential health and wellness books. 

From fostering compassionate leadership to mastering remote work dynamics, these books offer invaluable insights for anyone in a leadership position. Whether you're seeking strategies to enhance resilience, improve communication, or promote work-life balance, these must-reads provide actionable guidance to empower leaders in cultivating healthier and more productive workplaces.

Top health and wellness books to add to your reading list


1. "Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don't Know"

By: Adam Grant

In "Think Again," organizational psychologist Adam Grant challenges the traditional notion of intelligence, emphasizing the importance of rethinking and unlearning in a rapidly changing world. Through compelling examples and evidence, Grant encourages readers to embrace the joy of being wrong, engage in nuanced conversations, and cultivate a mindset of lifelong learning. 

2."Human-Centered Leadership in Healthcare: Evolution of a Revolution"

By: Kay Kennedy, Lucy Leclerc, Susan Campis

This refreshing read offers insights into fostering compassionate and effective leadership within the healthcare industry. The authors aim to develop leaders who prioritize the well-being of those they lead, recognizing that true leadership extends beyond individual interests. 

3. "Wait, What?: And Life's Other Essential Questions"

By: James E. Ryan

James E. Ryan's "Wait, What?" encourages leaders to ask the right questions to navigate complex situations effectively. This humorous and enlightening perspective provides insights into how posing essential questions leaders can gain clarity, foster better communication, and make more informed decisions.

4. "Stop Overthinking: 23 Techniques to Relieve Stress, Stop Negative Spirals, Declutter Your Mind, and Focus on the Present"

By: Nick Trenton

Overthinking is the biggest cause of unhappiness. In "Stop Overthinking," Nick Trenton provides practical strategies to overcome analysis paralysis and reduce stress. Leaders can benefit from this book by learning how to make clearer decisions to ultimately promote a healthier work environment.

5. "The Resilience Plan: A Strategic Approach to Optimizing Your Work Performance and Mental Health"

By: Marie-Hélène Pelletier PhD MBA

Dr. Marie-Hélène Pelletier believes that resilience is not a given. You need a strategy. "The Resilience Plan" offers a strategic approach to building resilience and optimizing performance. Leaders in both HR and healthcare can learn valuable techniques to navigate challenges effectively and promote well-being within their teams.

6. "Compassionate Leadership: How to Do Hard Things in a Human Way"

By: Rasmus Hougaard and Jacqueline Carter

This powerful, practical book explores how leaders can blend empathy with accountability to drive positive change. You’ll take away actionable insights for fostering a supportive work culture while achieving organizational goals.

7. "How Women Rise"

By: Sally Helgesen and Marshall Goldsmith

If you find yourself hesitating to put forward ideas, reluctant to claim credit for your achievements, or struggling to garner support and recognition in the workplace, "How Women Rise" is a must-read. This insightful book identifies 12 common habits that may be hindering your progress and offers practical strategies to overcome them.

8. "Running Remote: Master the Lessons from the World’s Most Successful Remote-Work Pioneers"

By: Liam Martin and Rob Rawson

"Running Remote" offers insights from original remote work pioneers, revealing the mindset and strategies essential for building and scaling successful remote organizations. With practical advice and real-life lessons, this guide empowers readers to embrace the asynchronous mindset, leading to increased productivity, streamlined processes, and a more inclusive work culture. 

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