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Even the strongest leader can be plagued by momentary bouts of self-doubt and low self-esteem.

These are the most effective motivational and confidence books exclusively selected with executives in mind. Transform your working life with them!

1. Executive Toughness. The Mental-Training Program to Increase Your Leadership Performance.

by Dr. Jason Selk.

Developing mental toughness is required for achieving any goal that you set for yourself, so it’s a good thing that mental toughness is something anyone can learn.

This book is a complete regimen on developing the best mindset for attaining goals.

The best thing about it is that it is solution-oriented – it focuses on things you can do. In Executive Toughness, Dr. Jason Selk, bestselling author and executive coach, outlines the fundamentals for attaining high-level success.

We, and past readers, recommend this book to executives and entrepreneurs that don’t normally “get” business coaches. This is because Dr. Selk makes the book easy to understand by using analogies and stories.

You can practice your accountability, focus, and optimism and set yourself on the path to attaining your goals with this “workout”. With it, you will be set for ultimate success in your career.

2. The New One Minute Manager.

by Ken Blanchard and Spencer Johnson.

In this revised edition of the timeless business classic, which has sold 15 million copies since 1982, The New One Minute Manager has been updated so that you can succeed at the same pace, if not more quickly, than this rapidly changing world.

Authored by Ken Blanchard, PhD, an Amazon’s Hall of Famer for being one of the top 25 bestselling authors of all time and Spencer Johnson, MD, this concise and easy-to-read story teaches three very practical secrets about leading others in this new world of technology and flattened global markets.

These secrets are positive actions that every person can perform from one minute goals to one minute praising to one minute re-directs.

Whether you’re managing a 50-person team or a 5-person team, every principle in this book can be applied.

3.The 5 Second Rule. Transform your life, work and confidence with everyday courage.

by Mel Robbins.

Need a jump start when hesitation sets in? What if the secret to having the confidence and courage to enrich your life and work is simply in knowing how to push yourself past your own excuses and fears?

Mel Robbins has reached over 8 million people through her TEDx Talk on this tool that only takes 5 seconds.

If fear or procrastination are roadblocks to your success, then pick up this book and learn about the power of a “push moment” and this one simple tool that you can use to become your greatest self.

You’ll learn how and why the five second rule works and how the courage that comes along with it can change specific things in your behavior and mind.

Executives inside some of the world’s largest brands are using this tool to increase productivity, engagement, and collaboration, so why shouldn’t you?

4. The Self-Esteem Workbook.

by Glenn R. Schiraldi, PhD.

How do you see yourself? How do you value your self-worth? Do you only feel worthy when you are acknowledged for a job well done? If so, then your self-esteem will always depend on external factors, and that is not healthy!

As an executive, your career may depend on performance reviews, so these feelings may be hard to escape.

Both in your career and personal life, if you allow your self-esteem to be shaped by others, you allow everything you do to be affected by everyone else.

In this second edition of The Self-Esteem Workbook you will learn how to achieve a healthy self-esteem.

The book provides you with several exercises and tips on how to sleep, exercise and eat in order to improve your self-confidence.

5. The Confidence Code.

by Katty Kay and Claire Shipman

Finally, a practical guide to understanding the importance of confidence at work.

While it may seem like an easy to understand quality, this book gets into how women of all ages and career stages can achieve it.

The Confidence Code provides food for thought on topics such as why women apologize more, why humility is more worn by women, and more.

The authors combine research in genetics, gender, behaviors, and cognitions with their own experiences and those of other successful women to offer inspiration and advice on climbing the career ladder and achieving equal success to that of male counterparts.

The issues discussed within the book are not only relatable, but they also could be conversation starters for your workplace and for your team members if empowerment and equality are on your executive agenda.

Interested in reading more about confidence? Explore our list of 10 books on confidence that can change your career!

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