Traditional leadership books only deal with the complexity of being a leader or manager, but in a startup, we have an additional complexity of building the organization from the ground up.
I assume that traditional leadership starts with us having N direct reports, we need to lead them to achieve results. When we joined a startup, most of the times we don’t have direct reports. We have to hire, build, and set the culture of the organization that we will be leading.
The challenge doubles, but the upside also doubles. You are forced to learn tremendously useful things that you otherwise wouldn’t get if you don’t build the organization from the ground up.
In this aspect, the books we need to read to be successful are also rare. That is why, I personally prefer startup or founder books compared to business or leadership books. Startup or founder books tell us more stories on building something from scratch, from 0 to 1.