Recently, I've had several people ask which leadership books I highly recommend, so I thought I would share my current recommendations below. If you've read any of these books, I'd be interested in your comments on them. And, if you have recommendations for me, I'm always adding books to my reading list. Becky
- The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership (John Maxwell) - remains one of my favorite leadership books because of its practical application. I find it particularly useful for new leaders.
- Five Temptations of a CEO (Patrick Lencioni) - written as a fable, it's helpful in understanding the choices that often derail leaders.
- Leading Change (John Kotter) - as the name implies, it's an excellent study of the framework necessary to create lasting change in an organization.
- Wooden on Leadership (John Wooden and Steve Jamison) - lessons from one of the most successful basketball coaches in history, this book provides thoughts on leadership that can be applied at home, in community service, and at work.
- Leadership and Self-Deception (The Arbinger Institute) - another fable/story that yields powerful lessons about how easy it is for leaders to convince themselves they are doing the right things for the right reasons...and be wrong.
- 48 Laws of Power (Robert Greene) - often use this book to remind myself (and others) of the similarities and distinctions between leadership and power.