Leadership Teams – books to research

  • Ask for it: How women can use the power of negotiation to get what they want by Babcock & Lascheves
  • The Power of the Positive No by William Ury
  • The New Brain by Richard Restack
  • Nine conversations in partnership by Hannah McNamara [niche coaching]
  • First Break All The Rules – What the World’s Greatest Managers do Differently – Marcus Buckingham & Curt Coffman
    This is a great compliment to both Primal Leadership and Discover Your Strengths.
  • Now, Discover Your Strengths by Buckingham and Clifton
  • Go, Put Your Strengths to Work by just Marcus Buckingham. It’s a very practical book that he wrote after he split from the Gallup organization. It’s about ‘strengths’, but is not dependent on knowing one’s ‘signature themes of talent’ from the ill-named ‘Strengthsfinder’.
  • The Radical LEAP – A Personal Lesson in Extreme Leadership – Steve Farber
    A fun, short and touching fable
  • The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. Steven Covey
    Great ‘Bible’ for the self and time management needed to maintain resonant leadership.
  • The Power of Full Engagement – Jim Loeher & Tony Scwartz
    Like the 7 Habits and key to Emotional Intelligence, this book highlights the way we manage our energy as the key to high performance and resonant leadership.
  • The Five Dysfunctions of Teams by Patrick Lencioni
  • Silos, Politics and Turf Wars by Patrick Lencioni
    Gives easy to understand and implement tools for the perpetual problems many teams face.
  • Resonant Leadership – Boyatzis & Annie McKee
    Compelling business case for benevolence, compassion, optimism, hope as characteristics of inspired leadership.
  • Power vs. Force, by David Hawkins, M.D., Ph.D.
  • How the Way We Talk Can Change the Way We Work, by Robert Kegan and Lisa Lahey
  • Influence:  The Psychology of Persuasion, by Robert Cialdini, Ph.D.
  • Crucial Conversations:  Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High, by Kerry Patterson et. al.  
  • Quiet Leadership, by David Rock
  • Leadership from the Inside Out, by Kevin Cashman
  • The Extraordinary Leader, by Zenger and Folkman
  • Execution, by Larry Bossidy and Ram Charan
  • Leading Change by John Kotter
  • The Heart of Change, by John Kotter
  • Good to Great, by Jim Collins
  • Fierce Conversations, by Susan Scott Fierce Conversations is a book everyone on the planet should read
  • Leadership and Self Deception, by the Arbinger Institute. Very insightful to raise one’s self awareness about our own way we contribute to outcomes. 
  • The Wisdom of Teams by Jon Katzenbach & Douglas Smith
  • Play to Your Strengths by Andrea Sigetich and Carol Leavitt which goes beyond what Buckingham teaches us in Now, Discover Your Strengths. He teachers us how to discover strengths, but I found my clients consistently confused about what to do next … which is why we wrote our book which informs leaders about what to do with their strengths, how to apply and utilise them once they have discovered them.
  • The Last Word on Power by Tracy Goss
  • Leadership Agility by Bill Joiner and Steve Josephs
  • Leading from the Front: No Excuse Leadership Tactics for Women by Morgan & Lynch
  • Bulletproof your Job by Stephen Viscusi. All of these principles can and should be applied to managers and/or any level of management and executives. The principles are fabulous for customer service, career development, any relationship, leaders, etc.
  • The Project Manager’s Desk Reference by James P. Lewis
  • Effective Project Management, 2nd Edition by Wysock, Beck and Crane.
  • The Fast Forward MBA in Project Management by Eric Verzuh.