Summer Reading for Leadership Freaks

“Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.” Margaret Fuller

I’ve read all the books on this list. Enjoy!


"Today a reader tomorrow a leader." Margaret Fuller

Orbiting the Giant Hairball, Gordon MacKenzie

In his deeply funny book, exuberantly illustrated in full color, MacKenzie shares the story of his own professional evolution, together with lessons on awakening and fostering creative genius.

Mackenzie worked at Hallmark Cards for thirty years.

Wanting, Luke Burgis

“Models are people or things that show us what is worth wanting.”

Admiration forms and fuels aspiration. This book changed the way I see myself and the world.

Make It, Don’t Fake It, Sabrina Horn

Read the inspiring story of a woman who started her own business and practiced authentic leadership at the same time.

Sabrina’s stories are worth the price of the book.

The Heart of Business, Hubert Joly

“Making money is an imperative, but it’s not the purpose of business.

It’s excellence on the people imperative which leads to excellence on the customer imperative which leads to excellence on the financial imperative. But … the purpose is not the money. It’s about helping people grow. It’s about doing something good in the world.” Hubert Joly

Well Being At Work, Jim Clifton and Jim Harter

The five factors of wellbeing at work:

  1. Career wellbeing: You like what you do every day.
  2. Social wellbeing: You have meaningful friendships in your life.
  3. Financial wellbeing: You manager your money well.
  4. Physical wellbeing: You have energy to get things done.
  5. Community wellbeing: You like where you live.

Practical and actionable.

Man’s Search for Meaning, Victor Frankl

Profoundly simple.

After reading, Man’s Search for Meaning, I read everything I could find by Frankl.

Helpful Hints for Good Living, Mark Twain

Refreshing!! Hilarious!! On occasion a bit dated and offensive by today’s cultural standards.

What’s on your summer reading list?