Inspirational Books

"If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I'd spend six sharpening my axe." - Abraham Lincoln

To be a great captain and leader you need to be well prepared. Therefore, we have compiled a selection of books that we think will help you to ensure that this is always the case. There are three main features of being a great captain; leadership, man management and strategy. Each book profiled for you in this section provides guidance on one of these areas – we hope you find them useful!


“Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren't used to an environment where excellence is expected.” 
Steve Jobs

As a captain, your teammates will undoubtedly look to you for leadership and inspiration. Read these books and you’ll have no problem in providing it!

  • Inside the Leader’s Mind: Five Ways to Think Like a Leader - Liz Mellon
  • Steve Jobs - Walter Issacson
  • Winning! - Clive Woodward



Man Management

“The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things”
Ronald Regan

Working hard as a team increases the chances of success, and as a captain you have the important role of getting the very best out of each and every one of your players.  The books listed below will help you to do this!

  • How to win friends and influence people - Dale Carnegie
  • Gung Ho! - Ken Blanchard
  • Emotional Intelligence - Daniel Goleman
  • First, Break All the Rules - Marcus Buckingham and Curt Court




On the field it’s your job to make sure the tactics and strategies you’ve worked on in training and those decided on in the game are implemented effectively. These particular books will aid you in understanding how to guarantee this happens!

  • The art of captaincy - Mike Brearly
  • Defeat Into Victory - Viscount Slim Field Marshal
  • Martin Johnson – The Autobiography - Martin Johnson
  • Out of comfort zone - Steve Waugh
  • Inverting the Pyramid - Jonathan Wilson