Leadearly’s top 20 reads for 2020

Reading is underrated for a multitude of reasons. Reading not only expands your knowledge, but it is methodical, no screen time is involved and you are allowed an escape into another world. It is quickly being replaced by ‘faster’ options – listening to an audiobook, a podcast or a webinar. These are incredible tools that we have at our fingertips, but we must not forget the benefits of sitting down (or lying down!) and enjoying a real life, physical book.

The team at Leadearly cherish their time spent reading books. Here is a list of their favourites to get stuck in to this year.

Sleep by Nick Littlehales

The importance of sleep is undeniable. It is often dismissed to accommodate socialising, watching TV, scrolling through phones, doing chores and so on. Sleep deprivation not only affects your cognitive functioning, but has been linked to health conditions including diabetes, obesity and heart disease. Forming good habits and ensuring you follow a sleep routine as much as possible is vital for overall health. Nick Littlehales uncovers some tips that are easily implemented into your daily life for optimal performance. Read more…

It’s Your Money by Alan Kohler

A brilliant writer and expert in his field, Kohler writes about the short history of financial services in Australia leading to the Royal Commission and about how to invest your money. Learning about financial planning, superannuation (known as pensions in the UK), investing and its impact is crucial, and the earlier you learn this the better. Through the book, he questions your own perception of money and the value it holds. A great read for everyone.

Leadearly through its Finance module, helps lay the foundation by facilitating an understanding of financial terms and helping exposes teenagers to an array of career options in the financial world. This is no doubt a great resource for those interested in banking careers but it is also useful to anyone wanting to gain confidence in managing their personal finances. Read more…

The Ten Types of Human by Dexter Dias

Delving into human nature and its complexities, Dias analyses the best and the worst of human capabilities. Through extensive research and the examination of a range of people, the book challenges your view of the world. Constantly evaluating your own thought processes will build your character and lead to a more well-rounded, knowledgeable view.

Decision making is a vital skill taught throughout Leadearly’s programmes, demonstrating its importance and how this can be beneficial, while teaching participants tools and strategies to last a lifetime. Acknowledging your weaknesses and using your strengths to your advantage, decisions become easier to confirm. Read more…

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

A story of survival and endurance in World War II, exploring the story of two sisters. The unique style of writing used opens your eyes to real struggles faced during the war and exposes the differences in the world during that time. This is helpful to realise how truly lucky we are to live now. The book allows you to immerse yourself into another’s life, gaining a better understanding of the past and using it to shape your future. Read more…

Tribes by Seth Godin

A truly compelling book that will grow your understanding of what it means to be a leader. Inspirational to say the least, Tribes explains the way we all crave community and purpose. The book explains the notion that everyone can be a leader, but it takes determination and drive. One for those who already have these traits, but want to take their actions further. Leadership comes in many shapes and forms, learning how to become an exceptional leader will put you in good stead for the future. This is the pivotal value taught at Leadearly, ensuring each individual works to their own talents to excel in their desired profession. Read more…

Atomic Habits by James Clear

Our habits, the daily little nuances that make us both intriguing and unique. How do we use these to our advantage? How do we train ourselves to break habits we have instilled in our routines over the years? This book gives practical, sensible and actionable advice on how to change yourself to become the best you can be, but only if you are willing to put in the effort! Read more…

Gut by Giulia Enders

Nutrition. We hear about it everywhere. What is ‘bad’ long term, what gives short term satisfaction, what our cravings really mean. We could go on and on about this, and everyone has their own idea of what healthy looks like. Enders depicts the way in which we neglect to look at this fascinating organ, as this is not an external, visible part of our bodies, but certainly does have a profound impact on our overall well being. Taking care of your health will enable you to function at your peak, something we all strive to do. Read more…

The Lean Startup by Eric Ries

The startup world is a tough nut to crack. With the introduction of the internet and new technologies, the world has changed at a tremendous pace. Succeeding while competing with a huge number of other entrepreneurs can seem daunting. Ries analyses the science behind innovation and productivity to reveal how small companies have grown and how to introduce these ways of working in your own behaviours. Not just a book for entrepreneurs, this book looks at human nature and the way businesses are changing. Read more…

The Man with No Face by Peter May

A journey of two men travelling from the United Kingdom to Brussels, the hub of European political activity, who end up in a particularly compelling murder case. This book is difficult to put down so brace yourself and clear your schedule before diving into the story. Read more…

Mayo Clinic Guide to Stress-Free Living by Amit Sood

Wouldn’t it be incredible if we could leave our irrational thoughts at the door, never experience anxiety, mood swings or depression? Naturally, some people are more tightly wound than others. Some people internalise their problems, some lash out, some have measured ways of dealing with the pressures of life. As the title suggests, Sood gives tips on how to manage your emotions and ultimately become a calmer person. Read more…

Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari

A world renowned piece of literature, Sapiens explores humanities development over time, assessing basic behavioural changes and needs in accordance with their environment. Harari explores ideas surrounding biology, religion and community throughout history in a way that challenges our own ideas about the world today. Read more…

Option B by Sheryl Sandberg

Resilience is a valuable quality. Learning to own up to mistakes, then swiftly move forward, isn’t as simple as it may seem. The book not only includes ways to better yourself, but also those around you, and your own community, to make the most of your situation. A unique combination of personal experience and research has culminated in a way that the book remains accessible and relevant  to all ages, genders and beliefs. Read more…

Becoming Michelle Obama by Michelle Obama

An intriguing look into the world of a well respected USA President’s wife. We are often curious as to what goes on behind the scenes within the political world, and this book gives a candid and compelling insight into the foundation of the first African American President of the United States’ path to fulfilling his dreams. The book delves into how Michelle herself was able to tread the delicate line of work and life with children. Read more…

The Richest Man in Babylon by George S Classon

The Richest Man in Babylon gives practical advice to gain financial freedom through storytelling. It is accessible and relevant to all ages, but we would recommend reading it during teenage years as you start to learn to manage your own spending, setting yourself up for the future. Set in ancient Babylon, it follows stories from the 1920’s, a time when the city was the wealthiest in the world. Although the concepts and lessons including saving and investing your wealth are not new or ground-breaking, they are explained logically and are timeless, and should be put into practice to reach your financial goals. Read more….

Everything To Live For by Turia Pitt

A fitting story due to the current state of Australia. Turia Pitt is a survivor. She was on the course of a 100km ultra marathon when a devastating fire took hold of the dry land in a northern, deserted part of the country. She tells her tale of incredible survival and the ability of humans to bounce back after a significant blow to their physical and mental strength. Pitt is certainly one to be admired and her story is motivational and heartwarming to say the least. Read more….

Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg

While we are on the subject of inspirational women, this book is the epitome of this, with topics surrounding women and their roles within society and the workplace. Recently discussed at length in the media, equality in the workplace is a struggle for a lot of women, and is being addressed across the globe. Sandberg, currently COO of Facebook, draws on her own experience and provides insight into how women can disregard their own preconceptions and move into leadership positions. Leadership is one of the critical teachings in which Leadearly ensures their participants become more confident. Read more…

Milkman by Anna Burns

Set in Northern Ireland, Milkman is both a terrifying yet funny read, showing the power of great writing. An 18 year old girl is forced into a relationship with an older man. The book depicts the art of persuasion and manipulation in an absolutely captivating way. Reading the book requires concentration, but it demonstrates existing relationships within communities that showcase how stress and conflict impacts the human psyche. Read more…

How to Talk So Teens Will Listen and Listen So Teens Will Talk by Adele Faber

Teenage years are hard on parents and teens alike, and this book resonates with our parents, giving them practical ideas on how to manage difficult scenarios and our changing world. Learning how to speak to teens in a way that they will actually listen will result in better relationships and communication. Having worked with this age group for a number of years, Leadearly can confirm that the tactics in the book really do work! Read more…

Hyperfocus: How to Work Less to Achieve More by Chris Bailey

Retaining attention is becoming increasingly difficult in a world full of distractions. From the pinging of notifications phone, to calls, meetings, and of course social commitments. To add to it there is cooking, cleaning, sorting out technical problems and everything else that comes with life. Hyperfocus zooms in on productivity, planning and changing habits to give you a strong base to make the most of your time. Read more…

Friend of a Friend by David Burkus

Networking is crucial to success. People are more willing to assist those who have helped them in the past. It isn’t simply about making new connections, but nurturing important relationships. This is an essential life skill Leadearly teaches providing strategies to make the most of the interactions you have throughout life. Read more…


A New Years resolution to better yourself is often the way people begin their year, and taking positive steps forward to continue learning is a great start.

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