My list of leadership books I recommend is actually less than a dozen. But even that’s too much to throw at somebody all at once. So I’ve parceled them out four at a time. My first set of recommendations are here: Four “Must Read” Leadership Books.
My hope is that you’ll find something in these books that is simple, actionable, and reasonable. Trying to make a whole bunch of changes at once, whether it’s in our personal lives or in an organization we lead, usually doesn’t work out very well. Our plans collapse under their own weight.T
There is momentum, progress, and sense of accomplishment – even joy – in building up supporting competencies. It’s like compound interest: the more you have the more you get. My suggestion would be to pick one this to get good at and get really good at it. Then pick the next thing and work on that. This approach will give the best chance of success.
And here are some books that will give you ideas for being a better leader:
You don’t have to be a surgeon or a pilot to benefit from thinking about how to get things right in pressure or critical situations. Or even routine operations. An easy read, well written, though provoking.
Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are HighAmazing dissection of those uncomfortable yet necessary conversations we all need we need to have. Not just need to have, need to be good at having when we’re leaders. Why isn’t this a classic?
- The Five Dysfunctions of a Team – A Leadership Fable
Told as a case study, a good introduction to team dynamics and resolving conflicts. It not only identifying the factors that high-functioning teams display, but also give a model and tangible actions necessary for creating the conditions for shaping a high-functioning team. Ever wonder why some teams gel and some flounder? Read this book.
- First, Break All The Rules: What The Worlds Greatest Managers Do Differently
Research based principles of the most successful managers in the most successful companies. Highlight: Can your staff come to work every day and do their best?
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