General Leadership


  • The Leadership Challenge, Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner
    A comprehensive field guide with powerful principles that gives leaders the keys to success--model the way, inspire a shared vision, challenge the process, enable others to act, and encourage the heart.
  • 21 Laws of Irrefutable Leadership, John Maxwell
    If you're just starting out as a leader, this book can provide you with a self-development roadmap to guide you as you work to master the leadership craft. If you've been practicing leadership for a while, this book will give you a refresher as well as new insights; either way, this book should be a staple in any leader's library.
  • On Becoming a Leader, Warren Bennis
    The author's message is that you can't be a leader until you know who you are. Once you know, you have an amazing ability to lead successfully.
  • You Don't Need a Title to Be a Leader: How Anyone, Anywhere, Can Make a Positive Difference, Mark Sanborn
    This book defines the qualities of true leadership and backs them up with stories. Quick, simple read and full of wisdom. A good reminder of foundational truths that we sometimes forget.
  • Leadership is an Art, Max De Pree
    The author details a humanitarian approach to leadership in simple but imaginative language. He writes, "The book is about the art of leadership: liberating people to do what is required of them in the most effective and humane way possible."
  • Leadership Pipeline
    In this book, three experts show companies how to build their own leaders by understanding the critical passages a leader must navigate, by providing the appropriate development for navigating those passages, and by building the right system for ensuring a full pipeline of leaders now and in the future.
  • Servant Leadership: A Journey into the Nature of Legitimate Power and Greatness, Robert K. Greenleaf, Larry C. Spears, and Stephen R. Covey
    With the premise that service ought to be the distinguishing characteristic of leadership, this highly influential book has been embraced by management everywhere.
  • Authentic Leadership: Rediscovering the Secrets to Creating Lasting Value, Bill George
    In Authentic Leadership Bill George makes the case that we do need new leaders, not just new laws, to bring us out of the current corporate crisis. He persuasively demonstrates that authentic leaders of mission-driven companies will create far greater shareholder value than financially oriented companies. He shows how to develop the five essential dimensions of authentic leaders—purpose, values, heart, relationships, and self-discipline.
  • The Truth About Leadership: The No-Fads, Heart-of-the Matter Facts You Should Know, Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner
    In these turbulent times, when the very foundations of organizations and societies are shaken, leaders need to move beyond pessimistic predictions, trendy fads, and simplistic solutions. They need to turn to what's real and what's proven. In their engaging, personal, and bold new book, Kouzes and Posner reveal ten time-tested truths that show what every leader must know, the questions they must be prepared to answer, and the real-world issues they will likely face. Drawing from cases spanning three generations of leaders from around the world, this is a book leaders can use to do their real and necessary work-bringing about the essential changes that will renew organizations and communities.
  • Talent is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else, Geoff Colvin
    Greatness doesn't come from DNA but from practice and perseverance honed over decades. And not just plain old hard work, like your grandmother might have advocated, but a very specific kind of work. The key is how you practice, how you analyze the results of your progress and learn from your mistakes that enables you to achieve greatness. The book shows that the skills of business-negotiating deals, evaluating financial statements, and all the rest-obey the principles that lead to greatness, so that anyone can get better at them with the right kind of effort. Even the hardest decisions and interactions can be systematically improved.
  • The Talent Code: Greatness Isn't Born, It's Grown. Here's How, Daniel Coyle
    In The Talent Code, the author draws on cutting-edge research to reveal that, far from being some abstract mystical power fixed at birth, ability really can be created and nurtured. The wiring of our brains can be transformed by the way we approach particular tasks and that what is really going on when apparently unremarkable people suddenly make a major leap forward.


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