Books that Most Changed my Leadership

Leadership Freaks who contribute to the Leadership Freak Coffee Shop on Facebook answered, “The leadership book that most changed my leadership is _________.

  1. Who Moved My Cheese by Spencer Johnson
  2. *Failing Forward by Maxwell
  3. *Bible
  4. Servant Leadership
  5. Spiritual Leadership by Oswald Sanders
  6. First, Break all the Rules
  7. Situational Leadership II by Ken Blanchard
  8. Strength Based Leadership
  9. The Spiritual Leader by Paul Chappell
  10. Leading with a Limp
  11. Necessary Endings
  12. Unleashing the Power of Rubber Bands
  13. Lead Like Jesus by  Blanchard and Hodges
  14. *The Leadership Challenge by Kouzes and Posner
  15. Developing the Leader within You by Maxell
  16. A Failure of Nerve: Leadership in the Age of the Quick Fix by Edwin Friedman
  17. It’s Your Ship by Abrashoff and Abrashoff
  18. It’s Our Ship by Abrashoff and Abrashoff
  19. See You at the Top by Zig Ziglar
  20. *21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by Maxwell
  21. Crucial Conversations
  22. Tribal Leadership


When emerging leaders ask for the top leadership book I recommend, I always say the same thing, “The Leadership Challenge,” by Kouzes and Posner. It provides a clear, broad, framework for the core functions of leadership.

Note: Books are listed in the order they were posted on Facebook, an asterisk indicates a book was mentioned more than once.

What books most changed your leadership?


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