A Must Read List for Growing Leaders

A client requested a list of resources I referenced in the presentation I gave last Tuesday. Here it is…

  1. The Leadership Challenge, James Kouzes and Barry Posner “The five functions of leadership.”
  2. Dare to Lead, Brene’ Brown.
  3. Daring Greatly, Brene’ Brown. (Vulnerable leadership.)
  4. Are You Fully Charged, Tom Rath. “11% had a great deal of energy yesterday.”
  5. Management Time: Who’s Got the Monkey, William Oncken Jr. and Donald L. Wass. (HBR article) “The monkey is the next step.”
  6. Bad is Stronger than Good, by Roy Baumeister, Ellen Bratslavsky, and Catrin Finkenauer. (Research paper) “You need three positives to balance one negative.”
  7. Our Brain’s Negative Bias, Hara Estroff Marano. (Online article from Psychology Today) “The brain reacts more strongly to stimuli it deems negative.”
  8. Praise Is Fleeting, but Brickbats We Recall, Alina Tugend. (New York Times) “… almost everyone remembers negative things more strongly and in more detail.”
  9. Thinking, Fast and Slow, Daniel Kahneman. “Nothing is as important as you think it is, while you are thinking about it.”
  10. Touch Points, Doug Conant and Mette Norgaard. Reference to 30,000 handwritten thank you notes.
  11. StrengthsFinder 2.0, Tom Rath.
  12. What Makes Michael Phelps So Good? Adam Hadhazy. (Scientific American) “Energy in strengths.”
  13. When, Daniel Pink. “The last 10 minutes of the day.”
  14. Everyday Leadership, Drew Dudley. (YouTube video)
  15. Radical Candor, Kim Scott. “Care personal. Challenge directly.”
  16. It’s Hard to be Humble, Mac Davis. (YouTube video)
  17. The No Asshole Rule, Robert Sutton.
  18. Scaling Up Excellence, Robert Sutton and Huggy Rao. – “What if I’m wrong?”
  19. The Outward Mindset, Arbinger Institute. – “Intense curiosity about people.”
  20. Mindset, Carol Dweck. – “What did you learn?”
  21. Focus, Heidi Grant. Insights into promoters and protectors. (Doers and Dreamers)
  22. No Respect, Rodney Dangerfield. (YouTube video)
  23. Start with Why, Simon Sinek. “People don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it.”

What leadership book or resource has helped you develop as a leader?

Bonus: I also met with the Directors of the region. You might find Amy Edmondson’s, The Fearless Organization, useful. “Building safe environments.”