1. What is your favorite leadership book and why?
2. What is your LEAST favorite leadership book and why?
Who Moved My Cheese is my least favorite - purely out of circumstance. One of my organizations was being bought out by a group of investors and this book was bought in bulk and set on our desks with a note attached that employees "aren't required to read this". The tone around our office was a bit different - it was certainly an expectation for us in Human Resources and Safety (my department(s)) to read. I just felt it was a gesture misguided attempt to manage disruption. Otherwise, it's cute, artful and and sends the message: "change is good!" in 32 pages or less.
3. Do you have a favorite book that isn't specific to the "leadership genre" that you think has a great message about leadership and can you share the name of the book and what lessons are at stake? Any memorable quotes to share?
Touching the Void: The True Story of One Man's Miraculous Survival (1988) and the fascinating (must-see) documentary Touching the Void (2003).
"Joe Simpson and his climbing partner, Simon Yates, had just reached the top of a 21,000-foot peak in the Andes when disaster struck. Simpson plunged off the vertical face of an ice ledge, breaking his leg. In the hours that followed, darkness fell and a blizzard raged as Yates tried to lower his friend to safety. Finally, Yates was forced to cut the rope, moments before he would have been pulled to his own death. The next three days were an impossibly grueling ordeal for both men. Yates, certain that Simpson was dead, returned to base camp consumed with grief and guilt over abandoning him. Miraculously, Simpson had survived the fall, but crippled, starving, and severely frostbitten was trapped in a deep crevasse. Summoning vast reserves of physical and spiritual strength, Simpson crawled over the cliffs and canyons of the Andes, reaching base camp hours before Yates had planned to leave. How both men overcame the torments of those harrowing days is an epic tale of fear, suffering, and survival, and a poignant testament to unshakable courage..." -Amazon.com Synopsis
The other book that I'm hoping to read over the holidays is Team of Teams by General Stanley McChrystal. I saw him speak at the IHI Healthcare Conference and was very impressed.
I am reading the latest book by Bob Woodward, which certainly profiles some prominent political leaders. I'm sure there are lessons to be learned, good and bad, about leadership from this particular publication.