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5 top reads on human potential | London Business School


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Dan Cable has shared his shortlist of five books that show you how to make changes for the better.

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5 top reads on human potential | London Business School

  1. 1. Dan Cable shortlists five books that show you how to make change for the better. “Leaders need to be their best possible versions if they want people to follow them. The ideas that fill the pages of these books are practical and force you to ask: am I being my best self?” Five top reads on human potential
  2. 2. 2 Five top reads on human potential 1 Positivity: Groundbreaking Research to Release Your Inner Optimist and Thrive by Barbara Fredrickson (2011) Can you bottle positivity? It’s more complicated than that. In fact, it’s a life’s work. The concept of positive psychology has been around for more than 15 years. This self-help book empowers people, no matter what their status, to unleash their imagination and put positivity centre stage.
  3. 3. 3 Five top reads on human potential 2 Redirect: The Surprising New Science of Psychological Change by Timothy D. Wilson (2011) Leading psychologist Timothy Wilson empowers you to reshape the stories you tell. Even the smallest changes can significantly alter the way you see the world around you, and even how you see yourself. Use Wilson’s practical interventions and start constructing your own distinct narrative.
  4. 4. 4 Five top reads on human potential 3 Mindset: How You Can Fulfil Your Potential by Carol Dweck (2012) Have you ever taken a survey one day and finished it off the next? It’s amazing how your mood affects your answers, isn’t it? That’s the power of your mindset. World-acclaimed psychologist Carol Dweck explains why skills and talent alone aren’t enough. Learn about the difference between fixed and growth mindsets and discover which you have.
  5. 5. 5 Five top reads on human potential 4 Authentic Happiness: Using the New Positive Psychology to Realise Your Potential for Lasting Fulfilment by Martin E. P. Seligman (2003) The most common answers to the question “What do you want most out of life?” are health, love, wealth and happiness. Celebrated psychologist Martin Seligman explains how happiness can be learned. He takes you on a tour of 24 strengths and virtues – of which you will have at least five – and explains how to develop more.
  6. 6. 6 Five top reads on human potential 5 The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do, and How to Change by Charles Duhigg (2013) Just as alcoholics can become sober, dysfunctional companies can transform themselves, argues award-winning New York Times writer Charles Duhigg. Learn to break your worst habits with a host of case studies and scientific evidence. If the stories don’t alter your perspectives, they’ll no doubt provide inspiration for dinner party conversations.
  7. 7. Dan Cable is a Professor of Organisational Behaviour at London Business School. The full blog post was published on London Business School Review online Visit the website: