Leadership Reading List

Explore the following texts on leadership to discover amazing insights from celebrated authors. 


Crazy Bosses

Stanley Bing

An entertaining examination of crazy leaders and the practices aspiring entrepreneurs not to follow. 



Daring Greatly

Brene Brown

Why shame should not prevent anyone from accomplishing great things. The most important thing is to try, coming up short is better than never having tried at all. 




Daniel H. Pink

A deep examination into the secrets of motivation through meaningful work and autonomy over rewards and punishment. 



Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage

Alfred Lansing: 

The inspiring true story behind the extraordinary experiences of Ernest Shackleton and his 27 man crew during their voyage and expedition to the south pole.  



First, Break All The Rules

Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman

An practical manifesto on leadership and an extensive study of managerial experiences from different companies.



Five Presidents

Clint Hill, Lisa McCubbin

A portrait of the American Presidency from the perspective of a man charged with protecting the most powerful office in the nation. 



Founders at Work

Jessica Livingston

A collection of interviews with founders of technology companies who share their experiences of overcome early challenges. 



Give and Take

Adam Grant.

Why great leaders give and think deeply about the needs of others, and how they undo competitive mindsets that undermine efforts to effectively collaborate.



Giving Voice to Values

Mary Gentile

What defines great leaders who are unafraid to stand apart from the group and effectively speak their minds. 



Good To Great

Jim Collins

Possibly the best case study of what it takes to become a great leader, and lead a company towards successful outcomes. 



How To Win Friends and Influence People

Dale Carnegie

Discover unique insights and techniques on improving valuable human management skills to better lead people. 



Long Walk to Freedom

Nelson Mandela

An autobiography of how Mandela discovered purpose in the darkest of places where hope is often lost. 



Payoff: The Hidden Logic That Shapes Our Motivations

Dan Ariely

How to better motivate your team to achieve extraordinary results, by adopting new strategies and forgoing old. 



Losing My Virginity

Richard Branson

The underlying philosophy that allowed Branson to build successful companies and products. 



Management and Machiavelli

Antony Jay

From an era before the computer revolution, a comparison of corporate leadership and behavior to medieval politics. 




Marcus Aurelius

A classical text of how to rise above distractions and focus on what is truly essential. 




Robert Cialdini 

The tactics and practical insights of how to influence and persuade people based on established psychological principles. 



Redesigning Leadership

John Maeda

A powerful analysis of the links between design thinking, technology, business and life, and their links to leadership. 



Start With Why

Simon Sinek

A close examination of how to motivate people to do what you would like them to do. 



Strengths Based Leadership

Tom Rath, Barry Conchie

A data-driven study of what makes for great leadership. 




Sydney Finkelstein

A great guide for managers to successfully improve their leadership qualities and master the art of cultivating talent. 



Tattoos on The Heart: The Power Of Boundless Compassion

Gregory Boyle

A series of parables about universal kinship and the remarkable power of unconditional love. 



Team of Teams

Gen. Stanley McChrystal

An intriguing analysis of how to collaborate with diverse organizations and pick the right battles. 



Team of Rivals

Doris Kearns Goodwin

How Abraham Lincoln reconciled personal differences and convinced a diverse group of talented legislators to follow his path. 



The 21 Irrefutable Las of Leadership

John C. Maxwell

A classical manual providing a wealth of knowledge on leadership practices and styles. 



The Alchemist

Paulo Coelho

How every leader must follow their own path to meaning and a success life. 




The Candy Bombers: The Untold Story of the Berlin Aircraft and America's Finest Hour 

Andrei Cherny

A defense of positive leadership in the face of adversity, and how small acts of kindness can build towards huge leaps of innovation. 



The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way You Lead Forever

Michael Bungay Stanier

How leaders should embrace the essential value of coaching and how to transform human behaviors. 



The Essential Drucker

Peter F. Drucker

One of the founding works on the essential characteristics of leadership philosophy and effective management. 



The New Alpha

Danielle Harlan

How to make a game changing impact and become a better leader by scrapping traditional thinking about leadership. 



The New New Thing: A Silicon Valley Story

Michael Lewis

The story of a silicon Valley entrepreneur who launched 3 multi-billion dollar businesses, and the insights that helped transform ideas into reality. 



The One Minute Manager

Kenneth H. Blanchard, Spener Johnson

The basics of managing a team, and simplifying complicated leadership techniques. 



The No Asshole Rule

Robert I. Sutton

A defense for not tolerating jerks and ill-behaving star performers who overpower their colleagues through abuse. 



The Seventh Sense

Joshua Cooper Ramo

An examination of the historic forces that shake our world and explain how leaders and businesses can master it. 



The Road to Character

David Brooks

An insight book on the importance building a strong personal character to lead others.



Tribes: We Need You to lead Us

Seth Godin

The definitive guide to transforming employees, customers, investors na dfollowers into a loyal tribe. 



True North: Discover Your Authentic Leadership

Bill George and Peter Sims

How to discover your own unique leadership style, shape your vision, define your values and discover your motivations from interviews with 125 leaders from across the globe. 



Who Says Elephants Can’t Dance

Louis V. Gerstner Jr.

The story of Gerstner’s extraordinary resurrection and transformation of IBM during the 1990s. 



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