Holistic health means exercising your mind as well as your body. 

As we careen into a new year with all its potential, we’re excited to roll out Rhapsody’s Leadership Library starting with 5 books that inspired us to become better leaders as business owners, coaches and all-around humans. 

#1 Traction: Get a Grip on Your Business by Gino Wickman

Do you have your arms wrapped around your business or does it have its arms around you? From building your team to making profit margins, all entrepreneurs and business owners face similar struggles – the difference between gaining traction and staying stuck is properly implementing decisions. 

At Rhapsody Fitness, we bought into the Entrepreneurial Operating System focusing on its 6 key components. We highly recommend this read if you want to start working on verses working in your venture.   

#2 The Ideal Team Player: How to Recognize and Cultivate The Three Essential Virtus by Patrick Lencioni

In the second book of his 3-part series, Lencioni shares the story of Jeff Shanley, a leader desperate to save his uncle’s company by restoring its cultural commitment to team work. Starting with key virtues that true team players possess, this practical framework provides a blueprint for identifying, hiring and developing teamwork. 

After devouring this read, we began focusing on and curating these 3 essential team virtues within Team Rhapsody and are enjoying the significant impact they make among our own team players. 

#3 Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration by Ed Catmull + Amy Wallace

We truly, deeply believe that creativity is mission critical in business, and who better to show us the ropes than the co-founder of Pixar Animation Studios? 

This all-access pass will take you into the nerve center of Pixar – the meetings, brain trust, postmortems and more behind some of the most successful films in history. It is, at heart, a book about creativity, but also, as Catmull writes, “an expression of the ideas that I believe make the best in us possible.”

#4 Building a StoryBrand: Clarify Your Message So Customers Will Listen by Donald Miller

Cut through the noise. With a constant barrage of distraction and demands for our attention, it’s an ever-mounting challenge to reach and speak to your ideal audience. With this read, Miller teaches entrepreneurs and business leaders the 7 universal elements of powerful stories and how to leverage them for genuine connection and positive growth.  

Y’all know we love a good story here at Rhapsody and have used these principles to enhance the muscle behind our brand along with nurturing meaningful connections across our membership. 

#5 The Ride Of A Lifetime: Lessons Learned from 15 Years as CEO of The Walt Disney Company by Robert Iger

Spoiler alert, we are die-hard Disney fanatics, so it’s no surprise that this gem made our short list. 

Iger became CEO of The Walt Disney Company in 2005 –  a difficult time wrought with intense competition and rapid industry evolution – and successfully navigated its way to becoming the largest, most admired media company in the world, counting Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm and 21st Century Fox among its properties.

Saving the best for last, these pages walk through lessons learned while running Disney’s 220K+ team and the 4 core principals needed for true leadership.

Lead on! Whether you’re building a business or blazing new trails, these reads are sure to leave you inspired and better prepared to take on the next. 

Ready to let some Rhapsody into your life? To learn more about Rhapsody Fitness in Charleston and our range of programs, get in touch with Team Rhapsody today.