It's the time of summer reading lists.
But I thought: what's a list of classics, what are must-read books for those in politics? Whether it's summer or not.
This one wasn't easy. But I tried and came up with 11 choices.
The list could have been longer. Just think of all the different areas that could be covered: campaigning, leadership, productivity, decision-making, resilience, self-knowledge...
So probably this list will evolve over time. For now, I'm happy with the selection and even more so because it's not just a list.
For each of the 11 must-reads, I've written a short intro + my 3 key insights.
My hope is that some of you will grab one of the books, or that one of the insights already inspires some re-thinking or action.
The 11 must-reads:
- Groundbreakers (campaigning / organizing)
- Don't think of an Elephant (framing / political communication)
- Vaclav Havel's speech on temptations of power
- The Power Paradox (psychology of gaining/handling power)
- Friend and Foe (social science / psychology of competition & cooperation)
- Practical Wisdom (decision-making)
- Meditations (Stoic pearls of wisdom)
- Atomic Habits (productivity)
- Into the Magic Shop (mindfulness & compassion)
- Man's Search for Meaning (psychology of meaning & first-person account of Holocaust)
- The Advice Trap (coaching leadership style)
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p.s. 👇 below, find the latest podcast, what I'm currently reading/listening to and my favourite quote this week
📚 What I read & listen to
🖋️ My favourite quote
"At the end of every road you meet yourself" S.N. Behrman
🎙️ My latest podcast
I'm pausing the podcast over the summer, but have some great new conversations already that I'll share in September, e.g. with a Member of the German Bundestag and a leadership development expert from the US.
The last episode: