Recommended Reading: 5 Leadership Books I Love

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Leading virtually (e.g., Skype, Instant Message) is one example of how leadership has changed for this generation. This is one of the insights in my Forbes Leadership post on Millennials and leadership, where I interviewed NY Times best-selling author Lindsey Pollak.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/carolinecenizalevine/2014/10/29/leadership-for-the-millennial-generation-an-interview-with-lindsey-pollak/

Pollak is the author of Becoming the Boss: New Rules for the Next Generation of Leaders. Here are 5 other leadership books I recommend:

You Already Know How To Be Great by Alan Fine
Fine convincingly argues that we often don’t need more knowledge. Instead we should tap into the skills we already have. This easy-to-read book includes detailed coaching role plays.

Scaling Up Excellence by Robert Sutton and Huggy Rao
I liked this book so much I dedicated an entire post to it: http://www.forbes.com/sites/work-in-progress/2014/02/19/scaling-up-excellence-is-not-just-an-executive-issue-what-individuals-can-do/. It’s great for managers, but also individual contributors looking to influence.

Business Secrets of the Trappist Monks by August Turak
You might not expect a business book to highlight monks as the prototype to follow. Turak makes a compelling case for how we can derive success on the secular side from the religious Trappists. Lessons such as aiming past the target and the importance of service and selflessness were my favorites.

Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus and Sharpen Your Mind edited by Jocelyn Glei
This is an anthology about how to stay creative, motivated and focus, all critical factors to maintaining a leadership edge.

Focus: The Hidden Driver Of Excellence by Daniel Goleman
Like Manage Your Day-to-Day, Goleman’s book focuses on leading yourself more than others. This book focuses on how to pay attention to the things that matter amidst information overload.

What are your favorite leadership books?

 

1 Comment… add one
August Turak November 13, 2014, 11:46 am

Thanks so much for the kind comments about Business Secrets of the Trappist Monks.. I am deeply flattered. August Turak

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