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Suggested Reading

Primal Leadership: Realizing the Power of Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman (2002)

In this analytical take on managerial success, the psychologist credited with popularizing the concept of “emotional intelligence” looks at its application to leadership. Through dozens of case studies, Goleman builds a convincing argument that the best leaders are, for lack of a better term, in touch with their feelings. Individuals with what he calls “resonance,” the ability to channel emotions in a positive direction, are by and large the most effective and inspiring.

On Becoming a Leader by Warren Bennis (1989)
Professor Bennis conducts hundereds of interviews with thought leaders to answer the question: What is a good leader? Bennis didn’t just limit his interviews to executives (like many leadership books), he included entrepreneurs, psychologists, philosophers, etc…   Due to his broad research and definition of leadership, this hits the top of my list.

Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel H. Pink (2011)
The ability to motivate is central to leadership. That’s what makes Pink’s book so valuable. Packed with the secrets of motivation, Pink suggests we move away from rewards and punishment, opting for meaningful work, mastery, and autonomy instead.

The Truth About Leadership by James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner (2010)
There are some things that will always play a role in effective leadership. Trust, credibility, and ethics are among those things. Kouzes and Posner reveal 30 years of research that support these and other core principles.

Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap…and Others Don’t by Jim Collins (1994)
Some companies succeed, but most fail. Jim Collins evaluated thousands of articles and interview transcripts to figure out why exactly that is. Then he packaged it all into this book to show you what traits you’ll need to build a great company.

The Art of War by Sun Tzu (5th century B.C.)
Who hasn’t heard of this book, right?  It’s amazing to think it was written in 5th century B.C.  Many generals, Presidents and CEOs have pulled knowledge from this book over hundreds of years.  This book is an Ancient Chinese was manual made up of 13 sections, each highlighting a different aspect of battle strategy. This timeless classic leadership book  is full of insights into how not only to set goals but also achieve them. The basic premise is to take action swiftly as a strategy versus making lists.  How many of us spend much of our day preparing to prepare?  Sun Tzu says “ACT!

Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin (2006)
If Abe Lincoln can unite his cabinet and the country around abolishing slavery amidst war, you can probably reconcile conflicting personalities in your company. Meshing people of divergent ideologies into a team or group is an admirable leadership trait. In Team of Rivals Kearns Goodwin recounts the story of how Lincoln surrounded himself with the best people, despite their differences. He was humble and unafraid to be challenged: two traits that will serve every leader.

Tribes by Seth Godin (2008)
Start by reading Tribes and then continue on reading everything Godin has written. From his blog to his books and everything in between, Godin is sharing a winning formula for stepping outside of the status quo to do meaningful work. It’s this kind of work that will inspire others to follow, help you get noticed, and leave a legacy long after you’re gone.

Questions of Character: Illuminating the Heart of Leadership Through Literature by Joseph L. Badaracco Jr. (2006)
What can literature’s greatest characters teach us about leadership? An infinite amount, according to Badaracco, whose literature course, “The Moral Leader,” is a popular draw at Harvard Business School. Common among nearly all the great works of literature is a central character facing a grave challenge. Think Antigone, Death of a Salesman’s Willy Loman or Things Fall Apart’s Okonkwo. Badaracco segments his book into eight different questions leaders commonly face and illustrates each one with a literary example. The result is a wise, and never pedantic, reflection on the challenges of leading and the perils of failing to do it well.

A Manager’s Guide to Coaching: Simple and Effective Ways to Get the Best From Your Employees, by Brian Emerson and Anne Loehr, (2008)
To stay on top, companies need to do more than just tread water—they need to grow. And that means that their employees need to develop and improve their skills at the same pace. Brian Emerson and Ann Loehr have spent years showing some of the country’s top companies how to develop their most promising employees. Now in this book they guide managers through every step of the coaching process, from problem solving to developing accountability. Readers will discover: the top 10 tips every manager should know before he/she starts to coach. These include: How to handle difficult conversations, conflicting priorities, and problem team members, How to hold follow-up meetings after goals and priorities have been set, Sample questions they can adapt to various situations, Examples of common problems and how they can use coaching to address them.

The Tao of Coaching: Boost Your Effectiveness at Work by Inspiring and Developing Those Around You, by Max Landsberg, (2009)
A bestselling business title on how to unlock the potential of people by applying the techniques of coaching. Coaching is the key to realizing the potential of your employees, your organization and yourself. The good news is that becoming a great coach requires nurturing just a few simple skills and habits. This edition of the book has been fully revised, and takes readers through the stages needed to implement coaching to maximum effect. Easy to read and apply, the book provides the techniques and tools of coaching that are vital for anyone who wants to develop a team of people who will perform effectively and who will relish working with you.

The Heart of Coaching: Using Transformational Coaching to Create a High-Performance Coaching Culture, by Thomas G. Crane, (2012)
More and more leaders and their organizations are becoming convinced in the business case for creating a “coaching culture”. This 4th edition book provides the tools for leaders and teams to develop a common language and shared protocol and a learning and development orientation towards people. These critical dynamics support the entire culture becoming a “feedback-rich, high-performance” organization. The premise of “The Heart of Coaching” is “As coaching becomes a predominant cultural practice…it will create a performance-focused, feedback-rich organization capable of creating and sustaining a competitive advantage.”

Leadership Team Coaching: Developing Collective Transformational Leadership, by Peter Hawkins (2011)
Organizations are most effective when the teams accountable for the organization’s success are performing to the best of their abilities. Leadership Team Coaching is aimed at managers whose role it is to encourage and develop a team. Author Peter Hawkins provides the practical tools and techniques to facilitate effective team performance. He also includes guidance on all the key areas of team coaching, including coaching the board and supervising team coaching and how a team as a whole can engage effectively with key stake holders.

The Extraordinary Coach: How the Best Leaders Help Others Grow, by John Zenger and  Kathleen Stinnett, (2009)
A boss manages and a leader coaches. We need to do both. But most people in supervisory, manager, or executive roles over-boss and under-lead. The results are lower performance, weaker people, disengaged frontline staff, and stressed out managers. Developing people is at the heart of strong leadership and this book is essentially a guide to developing this critical skill set. In this book, the authors consequently offer a complete system for the practice of coaching. Whether you are coaching subordinates or clients, this book offers a comprehensive look at the value of coaching inside the organization, complete with a process, tools, and supports for getting started.

The Five Minute Coach: Coaching Others to High Performance in As Little As Five Minutes, by Lynne Cooper and Mariette Castellino, (2012)
Designed for leaders, managers and supervisors, in any setting, this approach to coaching has been developed by the authors and used in organizations across the board large and small, private and public, with adults and teens, and across a variety of voluntary and community groups. Professional coaches have also adopted this system in their work. The book leads the reader through a simple process which changes thinking about how to work with others. Leaders no longer need to have all the answers. They benefit from true delegation. They uncover the talent and resources of others. They free up time for themselves-time to think strategically and to be more proactive, creative and innovative.

Meditations by Marcus Aurelius (Gregory Hays translation)
Although Aurelius was writing for himself, the surviving text is a road map to living a better life. By removing the excess, Aurelius shows us all how to rise above distractions to maintain our principles. Rooted in Stoic philosophy, Meditations is practical advice for controlling your thoughts, emotions, and actions to remove stress from your life.

Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankel
This book recounts Viktor Frankel’s experience in Auschwitz, the Nazi prison camp, during the Holocaust. Through all the pain and suffering Frankel was able to maintain perspective and conclude that there “must be meaning in suffering.” He reminds us that the meaning of life is to define that meaning for ourselves through action.

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
An easy to read, highly descriptive, story that teaches a powerful metaphor – how to pursue your dreams.  Learn the obstacles that will arise, and learn how to channel your courage on the path of what you value most.

As a Man Thinketh by James Allen
Thoughts are things. We are what we repeatedly think about.  Learn to first create in your mind the life that you want, then manifest its reality through your hard work and actions.  A classic – short simple and powerful.

Flow: The Psychology Of Optimal Experience by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
What are the optimal experiences in our life?  The vacations?  Laying on the beach?  No.  World renowned psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi in his landmark book proves that optimal experience is actually the moments in our life when we are giving our very best in pursuit of self-directed meaningful goals.  Through this book learn how to channel flow, and your life will forever change.

Daring Greatly by Brené Brown
Being vulnerable doesn’t have to be a weakness. Fear and shame shouldn’t prevent us from daring to do big things. Instead, Brown tells us that it’s most important to show up; to try and to fail. Because coming up short is better than never having tried at all.

The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch,
A professor at Carnegie Mellon, who was diagnosed with terminal cancer and passed away in 2008. The book reiterates the idea of living life to the fullest in an extremely personal way, as the author takes readers into his life and shares his thoughts and feelings on dealing with his terminal diagnosis.

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