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Friday Book Club: 03 Leadership Books Mahmudul Hasan Sohag Of OnnoRokom Group Thinks You Should Read

Reading has a lot of material benefits. People say readers are leaders. Reading helps improve your cognitive abilities, imaginations, understanding the complexities of the world, live a better life and so on. However, the most important benefit of reading is reading itself. Books are the best friends. Reading books are like looking at the world through the eyes of the author and the characters in the book. "A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one", says George R. R. Martin.

At FS, when we interview a subject, we asked about their favorite books, books they would like to recommend to FS readers. Here a few books that Founder and Chairman of OnnoRokom Group Mahmudul Hasan Sohag recommended in an interview with Future Startup. You may read the interview here.

1. Coherence: The Secret Science of Brilliant Leadership by Dr. Alan Watkins

Every business leader faces innumerable challenges every working day, each one taking their toll on precious energy levels and the ability to respond and react positively in a commercial environment. Coherence recognizes the key factors that take their toll on a leader's effectiveness and ability to lead, and provides the reader with unique solutions designed to improve physiological factors that impact on core competencies.

Problems today cannot be solved with yesterday's level of thinking. CEOs fail and leaders burn out because our thinking has not sped up or powered up. The author not only recognizes that leaders have the potential for limitless processing power, but shows them how to access it, taking them back to fundamentals and, quite literally, to the heart of who we are and how we function successfully. By showing leaders how to be 'younger, smarter, healthier and happier' Coherence gives every decision maker the power to make influential decisions under pressure and achieve sustainable success at every level.

2. The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable by Patrick Lencioni

In The Five Dysfunctions of a Team Patrick Lencioni once again offers a leadership fable that is as enthralling and instructive as his first two best-selling books, The Five Temptations of a CEO and The Four Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive. This time, he turns his keen intellect and storytelling power to the fascinating, complex world of teams.

Kathryn Petersen, Decision Tech's CEO, faces the ultimate leadership crisis: Uniting a team in such disarray that it threatens to bring down the entire company. Will she succeed? Will she be fired? Will the company fail? Lencioni's utterly gripping tale serves as a timeless reminder that leadership requires as much courage as it does insight.

Throughout the story, Lencioni reveals the five dysfunctions which go to the very heart of why teams even the best ones-often struggle. He outlines a powerful model and actionable steps that can be used to overcome these common hurdles and build a cohesive, effective team. Just as with his other books, Lencioni has written a compelling fable with a powerful yet deceptively simple message for all those who strive to be exceptional team leaders.

3. The Five Temptations of a CEO: A Leadership Fable by Patrick Lencioni

When it was published over a decade ago, The Five Temptations of a CEO was like no other business book that came before. Highly sought-after management consultant Patrick Lencioni deftly told the tale of a young CEO who, facing his first annual board review, knows he is failing but doesn't know why. Written to be read in one sitting, this refreshingly original and utterly compelling, razor-sharp novelette serves as a timeless and potent reminder that success as a leader can come down to practicing a few simple behaviors—behaviors that are painfully difficult for each of us to master. Any executive can learn how to recognize the mistakes that leaders make.

The lessons of The Five Temptations of a CEO are as relevant today as ever, and this special anniversary edition celebrates over a decade of inspiration and enlightenment with a brand new introduction and reflections from Lencioni on the new challenges in business and leadership that have occurred since the original book was published.

Ruhul Kader is a Dhaka-based writer, researcher, and entrepreneur. He is also the co-founder and CEO of Future Startup and the author of Rethinking Failure: A short guide to living an entrepreneurial life. He writes about entrepreneurship, business, strategy, technology, and culture. He can be reached at [email protected]

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