Recommended Reading


5 Levels of Leadership
By John Maxwell

True leadership isn’t a matter of having a certain job or title. In fact, being chosen for a position is only the first of the five levels every effective leader achieves. The 5 Levels of Leadership are 1. Position – People follow because they have to. 2. Permission – People follow because they want to. 3. Production – People follow because of what you have done for the organization. 4. People Development – People follow because of what you have done for them personally. 5. Pinnacle – People follow because of who you are and what you represent.

To become more than “the boss” people follow only because they are required to, you have to master the ability to invest in people and inspire them. You need to help people to develop their skills to become leaders in their own right.


21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership
by John Maxwell

What does it take to be a great leader? John Maxwell looks at 21 “ laws of leadership” that determine whether someone will succeed as a leader or not, including:

  • Leadership ability determines a person’s level of effectiveness
  • The true measure of leadership is influence—nothing more, nothing less
  • Leadership develops daily, not in a day
  • Anyone can steer the ship, but it takes a leader to chart the course
  • Leaders add value by serving others
  • And much more . . .


Five Dysfunctions of a Team

by Patrick Lencioni

Patrick Lencioni says, “Successful teamwork is not about mastering subtle, sophisticated theories, but rather about combining common sense with uncommon levels of discipline and persistence. Ironically, teams succeed because they are exceedingly human. By acknowledging the imperfections of their humanity, members of functional teams overcome the natural tendencies that make teamwork so elusive.” He then shows how that works by examining: Absence of Trust; Fear of Conflict; Lack of Commitment; Avoidance of Accountability; and Inattention to Results.


The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else In Business

by Patrick Lencioni

What is the single biggest competitive advantage your company can possess? It’s not a superior strategy, faster innovation, or smarter employees. Patrick Lencioni, argues that the biggest difference between successful companies and mediocre ones has to do with how healthy they are. Organizational health comes from a company being whole, consistent and complete, with management, operations, and culture that are unified


On Becoming A Leader
by Warren G. Bennis

In this penetrating, insightful book, Bennis distinguishes leadership by focusing on 28 individuals in leadership positions, including Apple’s John Sculley, Johnson & Johnson’s James Burke, and others. These aren’t theoreticians, these are people who have actually lead others to great things.





by Liz Wiseman

Why do some leaders drain capability and intelligence from their teams while others amplify it to produce better results? Some diminish talent and commitment while others multiply those same traits.

Leadership expert Liz Wiseman analyzes data from more than 150 leaders to explore these two leadership styles, persuasively showing how Multipliers can have a resoundingly positive and profitable effect on organizations—getting more done with fewer resources, developing and attracting talent, and cultivating new ideas and energy to drive organizational change and innovation.



Turn the Ship Around
by David Marquet and Stephen R. Covey

Turn the Ship Around is Navy captain David Marquet’s true story about leadership onboard the Santa Fe, a nuclear-powered submarine. Facing the high-stress environment of a sub where there’s little margin for error, he was determined to reverse the trends he found on the Santa Fe: poor morale, poor performance, and the worst retention rate in the fleet. Marquet flipped the leadership model on its head and pushed for leadership at every level and the Santa Fe skyrocketed from worst to first in the fleet by challenging the U.S. Navy’s traditional leader-follower approach.


Leadership Challenge
by James Kouzes and Barry Posner

The Leadership Challenge positions leadership both as a skill to be learned, and as a relationship that must be nurtured to reach its full potential. Engaging stories delve into the fundamental roles that great leaders fulfill, and simple frameworks provide a primer for those who seek continuous improvement; by internalizing key insights and putting concepts into action, you’ll become a more effective, more impactful leader. A good leader gets things done; a great leader aspires, inspires, and achieves more.

  • Gain deep insight into leadership’s critical role in organizational health
  • Navigate the shift toward team-oriented work relationships
  • Motivate and inspire to break through the pervasive new cynicism
  • Leverage the electronic global village to deliver better results


The Effective Executive 
by Peter Drucker

Peter Drucker reminds us that the measure of an executive is the ability to “get the right things done.” This often includes doing what other people have overlooked as well as avoiding unproductive actions. Drucker identifies five essential practices for successful executives:

  • Managing time
  • Choosing what to contribute to the organization
  • Knowing where and how to mobilize strength for best effect
  • Setting the right priorities

Knitting all of them together with effective decision-making


Developing the Leader Within You
by John Maxwell

Developing the Leader Within You explores the biblical foundation for leadership that John Maxwell has used as a pastor and business leader for more than forty years and these same principles and practices apply to everyday leaders in every walk of life. In this book you’ll discover:

  • The True Definition of Leadership
  • The Traits of Leadership
  • The Difference Between Management and Leadership

This book will not only bring positive change to your life—but also to the lives of those around you.


by Jack Welch

Jack Welch knows how to win. During his forty-year career at General Electric, he led the company to year-after-year success around the globe, in multiple markets, against brutal competition. Inspired by his audiences and their hunger for straightforward guidance, Welch has written both a philosophical and pragmatic book that clearly lays out the answers to the most difficult questions people face both on and off the job. Winning looks at three key aspects of work. The first thing he looks at is the inside of the company—including leadership, picking winners, and making things happen. The second thing he looks at is strategy, and the third area delves into management.

Welch’s optimistic, no excuses, get-it-done mind-set is riveting. Winning offers deep insights, original thinking, and solutions to nuts-and-bolts problems that will change the way people think about work.

by Seth Godin

It’s human nature to seek out tribes, be they religious, ethnic, economic, political, or even musical (think of the Deadheads). The Internet has eliminated geography, cost, and time barriers. Seth Godin’s visionary book has helped tens of thousands of leaders turn a scattering of followers into a loyal tribe. If you need to rally fellow employees, customers, or investors around an idea, this book will demystify the process. With his signature wit and storytelling flair, Godin presents three steps to building a tribe: the desire to change things, the ability to connect a tribe, and the willingness to lead. Tribes will make you really think about the opportunities to mobilize an audience that is  already at your fingertips.


Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World
by General Stanley McChristal

When General Stanley McChrystal took command of the Joint Special Operations Task Force in 2004, he quickly realized that conventional military tactics were failing. Al Qaeda in Iraq was a decentralized network that could move quickly, strike ruthlessly, and then vanish into the local population. The allied forces had a huge advantage in numbers, equipment, and training—but none of that seemed to matter. They had to improvise. It’s no secret that in any field, small teams have many ad­vantages—they can respond quickly, communicate freely, and make decisions without layers of bureaucracy.

General McChrystal led a hierarchical, highly disci­plined machine of thousands of men and women. But to defeat Al Qaeda in Iraq, his Task Force would have to acquire the enemy’s speed and flexibility. McChrystal and his colleagues discarded a century of conventional wisdom and remade the Task Force, in the midst of a grueling war, into something new: a network that combined extremely transparent communication with decentralized decision-making authority. The walls between silos were torn down. Leaders looked at the best practices of the smallest units and found ways to ex­tend them to thousands of people on three continents, using technology to establish a oneness that would have been impossible even a decade earlier.

In this book, McChrystal and his colleagues show how the challenges they faced in Iraq can be rel­evant to countless businesses, nonprofits, and other or­ganizations. The world is changing faster than ever, and the smartest response for those in charge is to give small groups the freedom to experiment while driving every­one to share what they learn across the entire organiza­tion.


by Daniel Pink

Many leaders believe that the best way to motivate employees is with rewards such as money. It’s part of the old “carrot-and-stick “approach. That’s a mistake, says Daniel H. Pink. In this provocative and persuasive book, he asserts that the secret to high performance and satisfaction-at work, at school, and at home—is the deeply human need to direct our own lives, to learn and create new things, and to do better by ourselves and our world. Pink draws on four decades of scientific research on human motivation to exposes the mismatch between what science knows and what business does—and how that affects every aspect of life. He examines the three elements of true motivation—autonomy, mastery, and purpose-and offers smart and surprising techniques for putting these into action in a unique book that will change how we think and transform how we live.




by Alfred Lansing

The harrowing tale of British explorer Ernest Shackleton’s 1914 attempt to reach the South Pole is a great lesson in leadership. When polar explorer Ernest Shackleton boarded the Endurance and set sail for Antarctica, where he planned to cross the last uncharted continent on foot. In January 1915, after battling its way through a thousand miles of pack ice and only a day’s sail short of its destination, the Endurance became locked in an island of ice. For ten months the ice-moored Endurance drifted northwest before it was finally crushed between two ice floes. Shackleton and a skeleton crew attempted a near-impossible journey over 850 miles of the South Atlantic’s heaviest seas to the closest outpost of civilization. Their survival, and the survival of the men they left behind, depended on their small lifeboat successfully finding the island of South Georgia–a tiny dot of land in a vast and hostile ocean. Alfred Lansing brilliantly narrates the harrowing and miraculous voyage that has defined heroism for the modern age.


Primal Leadership 
by Daniel Goleman, Richard Boyatzis, and Annie McKee

Managers and professionals across the globe have embraced Primal Leadership, affirming the importance of emotionally intelligent leadership. Its influence has also reached well beyond the business world: the book and its ideas are now used routinely in universities, business and medical schools, professional training programs, and by a growing legion of professional coaches. This book vividly illustrates the power—and the necessity—of leadership that is self-aware, empathic, motivating, and collaborative in a world that is ever more economically volatile and technologically complex. A must-read for anyone who leads or aspires to lead.


Wooden on Leadership 
by John Wooden

In 41 years of coaching John Wooden’s goal never wavered; get maximum effort and peak performance from each of his players in the manner that best served the team. Wooden on Leadership explains step-by-step how he pursued and accomplished this goal. Focusing on Wooden’s 12 Lessons in Leadership and his acclaimed Pyramid of Success, it outlines the mental, emotional, and physical qualities essential to building a winning organization, and shows you how to develop the skill, confidence, and competitive fire to “be at your best when your best is needed”–and teach your organization to do the same.


by Robert Cialdini

Cialdini combines evidence from experimental work with the techniques and strategies he gathered while working as a salesperson, fundraiser, advertiser, and in other positions inside organizations that commonly use compliance tactics to get us to say “yes.” This text is widely used in classes and with people who operate successfully in the business world and is a welcome reminder of the power of persuasion. Cialdini organizes compliance techniques into six categories based on psychological principles that direct human behavior: reciprocation, consistency, social proof, liking, authority, and scarcity.


True North
by Bill George

Being a leader is about much more than title and management skills—it’s fundamentally a question of who we are as human beings. Discover Your True North offers a concrete and comprehensive program for becoming an authentic leader, and shows how to chart your path to leadership success. You canbecome an authentic leader by discovering your True North. Originally based on first-person interviews with 125 leaders, this book has been expanded and updated to introduce 48 new leaders and new learning about authentic global leaders. New case studies include Warren Buffett, Indra Nooyi, Arianna Huffington, Jack Ma, Paul Polman, Mike Bloomberg, Mark Zuckerberg, and many others. Alongside these studies, former Medtronic CEO Bill George shares personal stories and wisdom by describing how you can become the leader you want to be, with helpful exercises included throughout the book.


The Ultimate Question
by Fred Reichheld

In the first edition of this landmark book, business loyalty guru Fred Reichheld revealed the question most critical to your company’s future: “Would you recommend us to a friend?” By asking customers this question, you identify detractors, who sully your firm’s reputation and readily switch to competitors, and promoters, who generate good profits and true, sustainable growth.

You also generate a vital metric: your Net Promoter Score. Rob Markey, explains how practitioners have built Net Promoter into a full-fledged management system that drives extraordinary financial and competitive results as it:

• Defines the fundamental concept of Net Promoter, explaining its connection to your company’s growth and sustained success
• Presents the closed-loop feedback process and demonstrates its power to energize employees and delight customers
• Shares new and compelling stories of companies that have transformed their performance by putting Net Promoter at the center of their business


Strengths-Based Leadership
by Tom Rath and Barry Conchie

Strengths-Based Leadership draws on the results of extensive research by Gallup to identify three keys to becoming a more effective leader:

  1. Knowing your strengths and investing in others’ strengths
  2. Getting people with the right strengths on your team
  3. Understanding and meeting the four basic needs of those who look to you for leadership

The book allows you to examine firsthand accounts from some of the most successful organizational leaders in recent history as they discuss how their unique strengths have driven their success. The book includes a unique access code that allows you to take a new leadership version of Gallup’s StrengthsFinder program. This program provides you with specific strategies for leading with your top five strengths and enables you to plot the strengths of your team based on the four domains of leadership strength revealed in the book.


The Power of Full Engagement 
by Tony Loehr and Tony Schwartz

We live in digital time. Our pace is rushed, rapid-fire, and relentless. We try to cram as much as possible into every day. We’re wired up, but we’re melting down. Time management is no longer a viable solution. Bestselling authors Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz demonstrate that managing energy—not time—is the key to enduring high performance as well as to health, happiness, and life balance. This step-by-step program will help you to:

* Mobilize four key sources of energy
* Balance energy expenditure with intermittent energy renewal
* Expand capacity in the same systematic way that elite athletes do
* Create highly specific, positive energy management rituals to make lasting changes