What are your favorite leadership books?
I attended ASQ's leadership conference yesterday and an interesting discussion got started in the last networking group of the day that I want to continue here....someone asked....what's your favorite leadership book?

Here are some of the responses:
  • Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy Seals Lead and Win by Jocko Willink
  • The Leader’s Bookshelf by Admiral James Stavridis
  • Everybody Matters: The Extraordinary Power of Caring for Your People Like Family by Bob Chapman and Raj Sisodia
  • Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts. by Brene Brown (multiple mentions)
  • The No A**hole Rule by Robert Sutton
  • Daring Greatly: How the Courage to be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brene Brown (multiple mentions)
  • Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable by Patrick Lencioni
  • Quiet Strength: The Principles, Practices, and Priorities of a Winning Life by Tony Dungy
  • Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action by Simon Sinek
  • Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don't by Simon Sinek
  • The One Minute Manager by Ken Blanchard and Spencer Johnson
  • Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When the Stakes are High by Joseph Grenny, Kerry Patterson, et al.
  • The Ideal Team Player: How to Recognize and Cultivate the Three Essential Virtues by Patrick Lencioni
  • Reinvent Yourself: Personal, Positive Growth through any Mess, Movement, and Mission! by Rick Denley
  • The Fearless Organization: Creating Psychological Safety in the Workplace for Learning Innovation, and Growth by Amy Edmondson

So what would you add to the list???
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The Fifth Discipline by Peter Senge! Old but stood the test of time

Don't forget our very own Jeff Veyera (TWEF community) and his book Culture is Everything sold here on the ASQ website - https://asq.org/quality-press/display-item?item=H1568!

In addition, I also highly recommend David Dye's Courageous Cultures, and just about anything from John Spence - https://johnspence.com/books/

Have a great weekend!

I have a rather eclectic list of favorites from my 43-year journey across multiple industries and eras.

First, James A. Autry's Love & Profit- The Art of Caring Leadership is a timeless resource for dealing with people as people in the workplace. From motivation to termination.

Next, Works by Stephen R. Covey are all great, but I would especially point out The Speed of Trust- The One Thing That Changes Everything. Building a high trust workplace is the key to a truly effective and efficient organization.

Jim Clemmer is another favorite. He is the president of the Clemmer Group, he publishes articles, has a blog, and has authored many books including The Leaders Digest - Timeless principles for team and organization success, which is a great survey of leadership topics. He also wrote an amazing book on how to leverage service and quality to build high performing organizations Firing on All Cylinders - The Servicer/Quality System for High Powered Corporate Performance

More recently I was introduced to A Great Place to Work for All: Better for Business, Better for People, Better for the World. by Michael C. Bush CEO and The Great Place to Work Research Team . It contains recent statistics that demonstrate the power of leadership in building a workplace that leverages the strengths of all.

There are many others that have shaped my thoughts on the subject across the years but these are a few that stand out.


Best Regards