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Leadership & Management

Leaders should be readers. Reading has a host of benefits for those who wish to occupy positions of leadership and develop into more relaxed, empathetic, and well-rounded people.

31 items

Leadership transformed

by Peter Fuda |

Too many bosses, too few leaders

Rajeev Peshawaria. -- |

People follow you

Jeb Blount. -- |

The leadership challenge

James M. Kouzes, Barry Z. Posner. -- |

What would Steve Jobs do

Peter Sander. -- |

Great leaders grow

Ken Blanchard & Mark Miller. -- |

The well-balanced leader

Ron Roberts. -- |

The titleless leader

Nan S. Russell. -- |

Leadership sustainability

Dave Ulrich, Norm Smallwood. -- |

Nine minutes on Monday

James Robbins. -- |

Passion capital

Paul Alofs. -- |

The 7 habits of highly effective people

Stephen R. Covey. -- |

Implies true success is founded on personal and professional development habits like prioritization, empathy and self-renewal.

The art of war

Sun-Tzu ; translated [from the Chinese] by John Minford. |

These insights serve as an excellent guide to strategy, tactics and success in the world of business.

The speed of trust

Stephen M.R. Covey with Rebecca R. Merrill ; [foreword by Stephen R. Covey]. |

Shows how trust—and the speed at which it is established with clients, employees, and constituents—is the essential ingredient for any high–performance, successful organization.

The emperor's handbook

Marcus Aurelius ; [translated by] C. Scot Hicks and David V. Hicks. |

The Emperor’s Handbook is a translation of Aurelius’ personal notes (never meant to be published) on life, leadership and practical everyday advice.

The first 90 days

Michael Watkins. |

Offers proven strategies for moving successfully into a new role at any point in one's career.

Leading change

John P. Kotter. -- |

Presents an eight-stage process of change with highly useful examples that show how to go about implementing it.


Chip Heath and Dan Heath. -- |

Why is change so difficult and frightening? How do you create change when you have few resources and no title or authority to back you up?

Who moved my cheese?

Spencer Johnson. |

This enlightening and amusing story illustrates the vital importance of being able to deal with unexpected change.

Our iceberg is melting

by John Kotter and Holger Rathgeber ; with artwork by Peter Mueller. |

A simple fable about successfully responding to change in an ever-changing world. Based on the award-winning work of Harvard's Dr. John P. Kotter, it is a story that has been used to help thousands of people and organizations.

Good to great

Jim Collins. -- |

A systematic treatise on making a company great, with particularly interesting findings around what Collins calls “Level 5 Leadership” that have changed the face of modern business.

Reverse innovation

Vijay Govindarajan, Chris Trimble. -- |

Whether you are an executive of a global company or you are simply interested in innovation among cultural differences, creativity, and diversity, this is a lovely and persuasive read.

The innovator's dilemma

Clayton M. Christensen. |

Innovation expert Clay Christensen examines corporate case studies to offer a set of rules for disruptive innovation. While some companies seem to do everything right, they can still fall behind if they fail to recognize how and when to leave certain business practices behind.


Daniel H. Pink. -- |

Daniel Pink suggests the secret to motivate peak performance lies in the deeply human need to direct our own lives, create new things and do better by ourselves and our world.

Crucial conversations

Kerry Patterson ... [et al.]. -- |

Crucial Conversations teaches how to communicate when it matters most. Though emotions may be tense and intimidating, the best leaders step up and get results through tools like openness and persuasion.

Strengths based leadership

Tom Rath, Barry Conchie. -- |

Using Gallup surveys, interviews and first-hand accounts from successful CEOs, Strengths Based Leadership outlines a roadmap for how to lead with your talents.

How to win friends & influence people

Dale Carnegie ; editorial consultant, Dorothy Carnegie ; editorial assistance, Arthur R. Pell. -- |

In one of the most recognized motivational books in history, Dale Carnegie’s proven advice for effective communication and interaction leaves people feeling valued rather than manipulated.

The five dysfunctions of a team

Patrick Lencioni. |

Lencioni offers explicit instructions for overcoming the human behavioral tendencies that he says corrupt teams (absence of trust, fear of conflict, lack of commitment, avoidance of accountability and inattention to results).

Delivering happiness

Tony Hsieh. -- |

Tony Hsieh’s high-minded manifesto: The workplace can and should be a place where employees find personal fulfillment. To that end, Hsieh focuses on fostering happy, passionate, and communicative staffers.


Howard Schultz with Joanne Gordon. -- |

The charismatic billionaire's tale of how he helped Starbucks claw its way back to the top of the java-chain is engrossing on several levels.

Primal leadership

Daniel Goleman, Richard Boyatzis, Annie McKee. |

Through dozens of case studies, Goleman builds a convincing argument that the best leaders are in touch with their feelings.