Leaders are Readers!

The following are excellent resources for personal and leadership development:

FoundationalI recommend these as foundational books for anyone beginning the journey of becoming a virtuous leader:

  • The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, by John Maxwell – excellent practical principles illustrated by compelling stories and explanation. 
  • 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, by Stephen Covey – a classic that uses a principle based approach to leading yourself and working effectively with others.
  • Virtuous Leadership, by Alexandre Havard – one of the most valuable books on forming oneself in the classical virtues while understanding how leverage the specific virtues related to influential leadership. 
  • The Advantage, by Patrick Lencioni – the culmination of many other Lencioni titles, this is a magna carta of effective team health with practical and transformative concepts. 


Other Excellent Works I have found each of these to be very informative for taking one’s leadership to an even deeper level:

  • Good to Great, by Jim Collins
  • Good to Great and the Social Sectors, by Jim Collins
  • How the Mighty Fall, by Jim Collins
  • The 5 Dysfunctions of a Team, by Patrick Lencioni
  • Death By Meeting, by Patrick Lencioni
  • Silos, Politics, and Turf Wars, by Patrick Lencioni
  • Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done, by Larry Bossidy and Ram Charan
  • Life Matters: Creating a Dynamic Balance of Work, Family, Time, & Money, by A. Roger Merrill and Rebecca R. Merrill
  • Pillars of Leadership,  by David J. Vaughan
  • Axiom, by Bill Hybels
  • Created for Greatness, by Alexandre Havard
  • Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are Highby Kerry Patterson and Joseph Grenny
  • Crucial Accountability: Tools for Resolving Violated Expectations, Broken Commitments, and Bad Behaviorby Kerry Patterson and Joseph Grenny
  • Influencer: The New Science of Leading Change, by Kerry Patterson and Joseph Grenny
  • The 21 Most Powerful Minutes of a Leaders Day, by John Maxwell
  • The Leadership Challengeby James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner
  • Leading Change,  by John P. Kotter
  • Boundaries for Leaders,  by Henry Cloud
  • Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration, by Ed Catmull and Amy Wallace  
  • Work Rules!: Insights from Inside Google That Will Transform How You Live and Lead, by Laszlo Bock
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