10 Leadership Lessons From 2016’s Bestselling Nonfiction Books – Forbes

Carmine Gallo photo: Carolyn Kilmer

Carmine Gallo photo: Carolyn Kilmer

Many of 2016’s bestselling nonfiction books can set you up for success in 2017. From Adam Grant’s Originals to Megyn Kelly’s Settle For More, this year’s bestsellers offer effective lessons, tools and roadmaps by those who have achieved excellence as leaders, entrepreneurs, and communicators.

Megyn Kelly, Settle for More

Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly reminds us that pursuing one’s passion does not always follow a straight line. In high school, public-speaking was her favorite course, but she didn’t have a clear plan on what to do with it. She entered the legal profession where years of 18-hour days left her near a nervous breakdown. One day she heard Dr. Phil say: “The only difference between you and someone you envy is, you settled for less.” Kelly decided to settle for more at the age of thirty-two. A Chicago cameraman said he would help Kelly make a demo tape if she passed a quiz. “Tell me a story in sixty seconds or less,” he said. She did so, without a stumble. “You’re gonna be on TV,” the cameraman said.

The zone of genius is the place where your talent and passion intersect. It took 15 years for Kelly to find that intersection, but she found remarkable joy and success once she did.

Angela Duckworth, Grit

The power of passion is also a theme for University of Pennsylvania psychology professor, Angela Duckworth. In Grit, she reveals the following formula for turning your talent into achievement:

Talent x effort = skill

Skill x effort = achievement


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