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The Best Leadership Books For High School Students

by David Friedland
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This article showcases our top picks for the Leadership Books For High School Students. We reached out to industry leaders and experts who have contributed the suggestions within this article (they have been credited for their contributions below). We are keen to hear your feedback on all of our content and our comment section is a moderated space to express your thoughts and feelings related (or not) to this article This list is in no particular order.

John Adams by David McCullough

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To be a good leader is to know and make history. In this book, David McCullough explores the life of a historic leader. John Adams is the first vice president and the second president of the USA and his life story wakes up the leadership call inside each one of its readers.

How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie

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How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie is a fantastic leadership book for high school students. The book covers many topics that are essential for leaders, such as how to communicate effectively, how to handle difficult people, and how to build relationships. Carnegie provides practical advice that can be applied in any leadership situation, making it an invaluable resource for young leaders. If you’re looking for a book that will help you develop your leadership skills, How to Win Friends and Influence People is an absolute classic, and a terrific choice.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens by Sean Covey

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The best leadership book for high school students is The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens by Sean Covey. This book is an amazing resource for teenagers who want to learn how to be successful in life. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens teaches teenagers how to take initiative, set goals, and take care of themselves. This book is an excellent resource for any high school student who wants to learn how to be a successful leader.

Nevertheless, We Persisted by In This Together Media

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I think that it’s really important that young people and students get a well-rounded education through diverse voices and experiences so that they can lead with empathy and consideration when they’re older. This book does just that, and gets the message across that anyone can make an impact and speak up.

Ted Talks by Chris Anderson

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One aspect of leadership that turns off a lot of young people is the prospect of having to speak to large groups of people. In a position of power, you not only have to select language with its own value and substance but you also have to deliver it in a manner that asserts your authority on the subject. I think high school students could benefit massively from reading Chris Anderson’s tips on public speaking in his book, Ted Talks: The Official Guide to Public Speaking. The book contains plenty of helpful and informative tips on how to deliver a public speech better but it also shares plenty of interesting stories about some of the most famous TED Talks that have happened up to 2017.

Leadership 101 by John C. Maxwell

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Maxwell is widely regarded as being one of modern America’s foremost experts on leadership, and in ‘Leadership 101’ he strips the principles and ideals of his field of expertise back to basics and talks about the qualities and skills that every leader needs to master. It’s a compressed high school course in literary form, and the ideal platform for students to begin to learn how to become the leaders of the future.

Influence by Robert B. Cialdini

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Most of the time, people get influenced by others but do you know why? Read this classic to know the six universal principles of becoming a skilled persuader. The book ‘Influence’ brings science to the art of persuasion. It even explains the psychology of why people say Yes to everything. At the very least, Influence teaches you how to defend yourself when others are trying to pressure you.

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

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Alchemist is the tale of self-discovery. It tells the mythical story of Santiago and Andalusian, a shepherd boy. He travels a great distance and encounters several adventures that help him to learn to listen to his gut feeling and heart. Through his quest, he gains something much more valuable than anything usual. Alchemist will give you the courage to pursue your legend.

Coaching Your Kids To Be Leaders by Pat Williams

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Because it’s a straightforward, simple-to-follow guide to all of the lessons that you need to teach high school students to make sure that they end up becoming leaders rather than followers in later life. It’s an effective and efficient way to encourage students to find, and raise their voices instead of being content to stay quiet and happily fade into the background.

Do Hard Things by Brett Harris

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The reason why I am suggesting these books for high school students is that the students will get to know the experience of the writers when they were teenagers. The experiences written in the book are based on *real-life* events and stories, and nothing is fictitious. Alex and Brett give a strong message to the teens that they should start working hard and claim the *bright future* they deserve.

Talent Is Never Enough by John C. Maxwell

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What our children see on the internet and in other forms of modern media may have a profound effect on their development of ideas. Most people, young and old alike, believe that having an incredible talent is all that’s needed to achieve success. The message from John C. Maxwell is quite clear. There is never enough room for talent. People are born with varying degrees of natural talent, but it requires strong moral fiber to achieve and sustain even moderate levels of success. This book explains how to cultivate the traits and routines that don’t need innate ability but will help you make the most of your natural abilities. No matter how gifted you are, this book showed me that there are still steps you need to do to reach your full potential. Talent is enhanced by belief, fueled by passion, and put to the test by the strength of character and bravery. This book is a great resource for any high school student, as well as an inspiring read on its own.

Developing the Leader Within You By John C. Maxwell

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I think for anyone who is preparing for a leadership role, this can be a good introductory read. Many of the basics of leadership are cleared by the author. He speaks of the qualities one needs to inculcate, how inspiration and influence play an important role, and so forth. For high school students, if they start practicing the habits mentioned here, they have better chances of acing a leadership role.

Tribes by Seth Godin

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We naturally look for our tribe as humans since it connects us to others and brings us together behind a common leader and philosophy. Tribes have always played a crucial role in human history, bringing people together via the arts, politics, and even religion. Using modern technologies like the web and social networking, we can create larger tribes. But who will be in charge of these teams? Many aspiring leaders are prevented from realising their potential because they fear being incorrect or criticised. However, there is a great need for leaders who can inspire followers, and there are now more resources and opportunities than ever before for making a difference. Being a leader may not be simple, but Seth Godin demonstrates that it’s probably simpler than you imagined.

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