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10 books that could change the way you think at work

Now more than ever, innovative thinking is essential for success. In fact, recruiters rank problem solving and comprehensive thinking among the most difficult but desirable skills to find in candidates for leadership positions. Furthermore, LinkedIn has called creativity the most important skill in the world.

That means if you want to get ahead or stand out in your career, you have to be constantly learning and growing. While classic professional development books like "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People" or "The One Minute Manager" are still insightful and relevant, it's essential to absorb new perspectives and learn from cutting-edge science to become more innovative and effective.

Whether you are just starting out or you're a seasoned leader, here are 10 books to challenge the way you think about work, yourself and the way you interact with others.

1. "Thinking, Fast and Slow" by Daniel Kahneman

Kahneman reveals how our thoughts and actions are ruled by two systems in the brain — one conscious, one automatic — which can lead to errors in memory and judgement. Learn what you can do to leverage your psychology to work for you, instead of against you.

2. "The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business" by Charles Duhigg

Duhigg has written the definitive guide to changing your life by changing your habits. Discover how to take small, incremental steps that add up to monumental results in your work and life.

3. "Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?" by Seth Godin

Linchpins are indispensable because they bring creativity and heart to everything they do. In this book, Godin explains how you can become the type of innovator your company can't live without.

4. "Emotional Intelligence 2.0" by Travis Bradberry and Jean Greaves

According to Bradberry and Greaves, emotional intelligence (EQ) accounts for about 58 percent of job performance, but only 36 percent of people can identify their own emotions. This book teaches you four key EQ skills — self-awareness, self-management, social awareness and relationship management.

5. "Expect to Win: 10 Proven Strategies for Thriving in the Workplace" by Carla Harris

It's time to fulfill your potential, and Carla Harris can show you how. Drawing on her success in business and the corporate world, Harris shares how to leverage authenticity, use the power of your voice and achieve great balance in your career.

6. "Never Eat Alone: and Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time" by Keith Ferrazzi

Eighty percent of professionals believe networking is crucial to career success, which means the best time to build relationships is right now. Ferrazzi offers actionable advice to connect with others consistently and authentically.

7. "Thanks for the Feedback: The Science and Art of Receiving Feedback Well" by Douglas Stone and Sheila Heen

Working with different personalities is par for the course in the workplace. This book shows you how to get better at navigating criticism and conflict, calmly and with grace.

8. "Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don't" by Simon Sinek

From the best-selling author of "Start with Why," this book explores how to be a true servant leader. Sinek discusses ways to have a positive impact on your employees, managers and in society at large.

9. "Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges" by Amy Cuddy

How do you navigate stress and pressure with grace? Cuddy presents science and strategies to help you perform, even in nerve-wracking moments.

10. "Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance" by Angela Duckworth

Hard work is key to success, but Duckworth argues grit is even more important. Through stories and scientific research, she shows how interest, practice, purpose and hope create an unbeatable combination that will skyrocket your results.

Feeling inspired? Find out why it's important to invest in your professional development.


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