Recommended Reading for Leadership: Curated Titles from a Librarian

“Recommended Reading for Leadership” is my curated list of recommended books.  It is for any purpose-driven leader looking to hone his or her skills in team-building, creating influence, building emotional intelligence, well-being, and creating more purpose in your life. Once you have read this list I know you will recommend it to your peers and team-members.

Please keep in mind that these recommendations are resources that I use in my programs and that have passed my number one criteria. That is, I keep most of my library in digital form on my cloud. But these books I love so much that I went out and purchased them in hardback.  Now I can touch them, savor the words and smell the pages. These authors cared so much for serving us with their wisdom that I want to acknowledge with gratitude what they have contributed to my learning.

New reading comes out every day and we are on a continual path to learn more. If you come across a book that you think I should consider, please drop me a line through my email. It is exciting to read new information and share it. Let’s see if your recommendations can make it to my list.  

Thanks for reading with me!

Love and respect

Brenda

“investing in yourself is the best investment you will ever make. it will not only improve your life, it will improve the lives of all those around you.” 

The Remix: How to Succeed in the Multigenerational Workplace - Lindsay Pollak

The workplace-"it is a changin'". Any leader worth his or her salt knows this but is working on the mindshift to cope withblending multile generations. No longer are the majority of people in the workplace boomers. They have been outnumbered by millennials. Its also outlandish to find up to 5 generations is a workplace. What I'm trying to say is it's time to change our ways. This read gives us insight into how to change with the times and practical steps on creating "perennials" who live in the present and disavow their label.

Turning the Flywheel

Turning the Flywheel - Jim Collins

A practical "how to" monograph that accompanies his classic Good to Great. This monograph gives clear instructions to build your own flywheel as well as highlighting some great companies and organizations. These businesses drive their growth through adherence to their flywheels. Leading companies like Amazon, Vanguard, Cleveland Clinic are just a sample. Did this inspire me to create a flywheel for Greathouse Consulting? It makes sense. After all, I have an Amazon Prime account, I have relied on Cleveland Clinic to keep my family safe for the last 25 years and we depend on Vanguard to help safeguard our savings.

Great By Choice - Jim Collins and Morten T. Hansen

Continuing his groundbreaking research from Good to Great, Jim Collins and his team showcase 7 companies who have thrived in this VUCA world. These companies have thrived in spite of their chaotic environments. If you are poised to take your company through change (and who isn't?) then this is a way to learn from the best for the price of a good read.

Extreme Ownership: How the US Navy SEALS Lead and Win-Jocko Willink and Leif Babin

I thought this would be a hard read. It's a 5 Star Read! Learn the team building, community building techniques that embody trust and authority on the frontlines of battle and take them into the corporate world.

The 5 AM Club: Own Your Morning | Elevate Your Life - Robin Sharma

This carefully crafted read is based on Robin Sharma's methods for coaching his billionaire and elite clients. It's a highly entertaining read jam-packed with insight and outlines his techniques. Just follow it up with his free 66 day mind mastery program to get yourself started to crafting your life of purpose and joy.

Blue Ocean Shift: Beyond Competing - W. Chan Kim and Rene Mauborgne

Businesses and Governments have lost their agile thinking due to compartmentalization. But the Blue Ocean Institute shows how tearing down these artificail walls can foster a new way of changing your thinking. Consequently you will see better and more profitable outcomes to shake up your business.

The Power Paradox: How We Gain and Lose Influence - Dacher Keltner

A purpose-driven leader focuses on making a difference for the good in the world through their products and services. Dr. Kelter shakes up your thinking about power and influence in this groundbreaking book. His work as faculty director of the UC Berkeleys'famed Greater Good Science Center backs this research. Check out the GGSC resources for motivation and happiness at work.

Referral of a Lifetime: The Networking System That Produces Bottom-Line Results: 2nd edition - Tim Templeton

Every compelling leader needs referrals, whether being an influential seeker of new talent or promoting your business or services. This easy to read story serves as a guide to building relationships that turn into referrals to grow your influence. A how-to must for every purpose-driven leader.

It's the Manager:Learn Your Strengths-Jim Clifton and Jim Carter

This is more of a reference tome than a read. But it wakes you up to the reality of change happening in your team. Brought to us by Gallup, it should not stay in your HR department. Perhaps the biggest takeaway is to focus on your and your team members unique strengths. This will increase employee engagement and profitability. Next step is to find out what your strengths are.

Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience - Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

This classic may be a stretch for leadership but it is key research that has transformed the understanding of how achievinng a state of flow enhances happiness, creativity and consciousness at work and in life. Research proves that working with flow increases a sense of purpose and makes for more engaged team members,

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable - Patrick Lencioni

Storytelling is a primary method for communicating for as long as tribes have existed. This story conveys the model for successful team dynamics by exploring lessons to be learned in building successful team dynamics. An easy to read must for showcasing the steps needed to build a easily duplicable model which can impact team members at home and in business,

Leading Change-John P. Kotter

This classic updates the groundbreaking research done by harvard professor John Kotter. Change is necessary for established businesses trying to position themselves for a global market and a changing workforce. If you are experiencing the normal pitfalls of systemic changes in the work environment while adjusting to this new landscape you will find some steps you can take to minimize this transition here.

Dare to Lead - Brené Brown

Love, Love, Love this amazing book from a leading expert on leadership. Her wonderful way of pulling you in to her stories grips you. She offers well grounded advice for being an authentic leader and insight into the need to be vulnerable and reselient to build community for your teams. Being a leader who is trusted, providing service to her team, her clients and her community is a high bar. Brené shows us how to do it with style.

The Culture Code - Daniel Coyle

If you are interested in how some of the leading companies are driving innovation, creativity and change with a purpose-driven culture then this is the book for you. The cultures behind these trendsetting companies are creating high performance teams.