The 5 Best Robert Greene Books

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Are you looking to improve your leadership skills? If YES, then keep on reading.

When you think of a leader, you may be thinking CEO, CFO, Founder or some other big title. However, having leadership skills is something that everyone needs to have in their arsenal regardless of whether you’re by yourself, with your family or managing a team of people.

For the longest time, I avoided leadership roles whenever possible because I didn’t think I was confident enough to handle people. There were lots of fear I had of not being good enough or people judging me.

Whenever I got promoted to a leadership role at work, I would be scared and begin looking for a new role at somewhere else because I didn’t want the additional responsibility.

That was until I began to read Robert Greene books did I then begin to understand the psychology of how leadership really works and how I could improve myself to be aware of myself and others in understanding their motivations and intentions.

This was the first book that I had ever read from Robert Greene many years ago and it really opened my mind into understanding ‘Power’ and how it is been used against me in every of life. What do I mean?

Well, at first you might think this book is about the laws or principles in how to gain power so as to try to manipulate people.

However, what you will learn is that this book is really about being aware of how people play manipulative games and tactics to gain power over you.

Maybe as a child, you were taught to “treat people how you want to be treated and that everyone is a good person”. However, the reality is that there are some bad people in this world that are wanting to hurt you and use you for their own means.

So, you might be the type to person to ignore office politics, but if you choose to do so and ignore the understanding of these laws of power, your ignorance will only allow for you to be easily manipulated; feeling helpless, taken advantage of and not getting that promotion or the credit you deserve for certain tasks you did.

I highly recommend this book for not only leaders but also for employees so you can learn and be aware of how to identify predators, defend against them and gain confidence when dealing with any type of people problem.

From reading the book title, you would think that this book is only about war. But don’t be fooled. It’s really about the psychology of people who are starting or are involved in the war.

Every day, we are at war with ourselves and even with people around us. There might not be battle scars or blood all over the floor for us but we feel the emotions.

You don’t have to have a standing army to apply these strategies. You can use them in your business, at home, in your relationships, dealing with a difficult boss or even if in a tough contract negotiation.

More importantly, you can also recognize these strategies when it is used against you so you are better able to turn it around to have things fall in your favor.

This is a great book for all kinds of leaders, whether you’re running your own business or working in the corporate setting. It will help you get through the tough times regardless of your age or type of leadership you hold.

This book is insightful, well researched but most of all, it has actionable steps that you can apply immediately to your own life.

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This probably is one of the best self-help books I’ve read in the last few years. This is an extremely powerful work on how to achieve mastery in any area of your life.

Mastery can be thought of as the unique way each of us can fully actualize our potential for greatness and enjoy a fulfilling life.

Robert Greene provides ideas and strategies that can improve the process of improving yourself in your profession, regardless of what field you are in. You first need to find out what your purpose in life is which will be different for everyone.

The author has great strategies to help you begin to discover your life’s work. All of the solutions provided are backed up through case studies and historical figures, so you can see how the principles can be applied in your daily life.

Once you figured out your purpose you now need to find a mentor or ‘Master’ who’s already doing what you would like to do. The book goes further on how to choose a mentor, how long to be with them and how to behave around them.

Related: 75+ Great Questions to Ask Your Mentor (The Ultimate List)

This is a great book for anyone wanting to improve their performance and up-level their game. This is also a great book for leaders that want to improve their professional performance for themselves and their team.

If you enjoy books on social dynamics like How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie or Influence by Robert Cialdini, then you will really love this book.

This is not a book on seduction to improve your dating life although it might help that too. It is more about using the psychology of seduction in every area of life.

What you will learn is that attraction isn’t much about your natural looks but more about how you carry yourself. We all know plenty of people who aren’t the best looking but have that star power to command a room or stage.

You don’t need necessarily to seduce someone, that’s not the only goal for the book, as you could use those same lessons to improve your social or interpersonal skills, both at home and at work.

What this book tells us is that in this world, there are manipulative people. In fact, many seducers are doing these manipulations subconsciously. They don’t even know why and how they are doing, but they are doing it.

The author shares different people throughout the history of society who have used either personality or looks and usually both to help either seduce people in general or countries of people.

This is a great book for anyone looking to understand human behavior and why some people get attracted to certain types of leaders or individuals that might not necessarily be good for their wellbeing.

I highly recommend this book as the first book you read if you have not already read any of Robert’s previous books.

I’d say that in the author’s life, he has worked through the ‘symptoms’ of Humans Behavior all the way to the ‘root cause’ of Human Behavior starting from 48 Laws of Power to The Laws of Human Nature. So, if you want one book that captures most of his lessons, then this is the book.

In the same manner that Robert Cialdini introduced us to ‘Influence‘ or Stephen Covey taught us the ‘7-Habits Of Highly Effective People‘. Robert Greene explores human nature in a much deeper way.

What makes this book different than his other books is that previously, Greene “tells” you the conclusions to reach to guide your actions.

But in this book, however, he presents all the information but does not tell you exactly what to do with it. This allows you to come up with your own conclusions and interpretation.

Highly recommend this book for anyone who is wanting to succeed in life.

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Petros Eshetu is the author of the #1 Amazon best-selling book, The Introverted Immigrant's Journey and a book coach for transformational leaders who want to share their message to the world through a book so they can make a big impact on humanity.