Still looking for a few Christmas presents for bookworms?
I have written about how leader are readers and readers are leaders a few times before. If you are still looking for a few great presents for your book lovers I have 10 great must reads for aspiring leader-managers. Watch out, because some of them are off the beaten path, sort of speak. They are definitely worth every minute of reading them.
Here is Jim Collins’ “Great by Choice”. It is an excellent follow up to his “Good to Great” and “Built to Last”.
Tasha Eurich wrote a fantastic book (“Bankable Leadership: Happy People, Bottom-Line Results, and the Power to Deliver Both”) about how leaders can generate a happier business environment and at the same time realize great results at the same time. It is a wonderful book about transparent, honest, and genuine leadership.
You may have watched Simon Sinek’s TED Talk about knowing your “Why”. Here is his book “Know Your Why”. Know your why and the What and How will all but automatically follow. It’s what he calls the Golden Circle.
Dev Patnaik wrote a beautiful book about how empathic leadership can make you and your organization insanely successful. “Wired to Care – How Companies Prosper When They Create Widespread Empathy”. This is one of my favorite books about sustainable leadership and creating a truly worthy working environment.
A more challenging read is “Theory U – Leading from the future as it emerges” by C. Otto Schermer. In it he provides a great insight how one must explore his or her blind spots. It is about self-awareness and how one needs to almost stand behind yourself whilst also watching a rear view mirror enabling you to see what is coming and to not forget the past either. Take your time to read this one, or better yet, read it with your peer leader-managers.
There is probably no way around John C. Maxwell in this list. He has made a great impact on me with “The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership”. If you are just starting out with a new role in leading folks in business and social settings you should read this book.
Mitchel Kusy wrote about “Toxic Workplace!: Managing Toxic Personalities and Their Systems of Power”. It is a great read about toxic people and how to best manage them and the situations that arise when they leave your organization. You are not done…
Eckart Tolle’s “A New Earth – Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose“. Awesome read especially when the time comes for you to ponder your life’s purpose. And remember that everything in your life revolves around purpose. That is why it may be a good start to ponder this and start here, before you think about career moves.
Howard Stoeckel and Bob Andelman went to write a book about the local convenience store phenomenom WAWA (“The Wawa Way: How a Funny Name and Six Core Values Revolutionized Convenience”). I went to WAWA the first time in 1989 and have been a fan ever since. The book now helped me understand why I got hooked on them. If you are interested how your core values carry through your organization then this is your book to read. Way to go WAWA.
“Lincoln on Leadership” written by Donald T. Phillips is another worthy read. Fascinating book filled with great facts of Lincoln and the challenges that made him who he was and how that had shaped his leadership. It was amazing to read that his predecessor had all but abandoned Washington DC and the Union since he thought it could not be saved. He is my favorite president and an amazing person with exceptional leadership traits. Especially noteworthy was his leadership by meeting folks at the front line and also just about anywhere else such that he would stay abreast with the war situation but more so to encourage the people.
I am hoping you will find a book that you will find interesting enough to read this year. You do not have the time? Think again; you are not MAKING the time for it. The best of luck to you and have a great holiday!