March 7, 2014 at 6:53 pm #181707
March 7, 2014 at 10:23 pm #181757
The most controversial is still hands down the best. — “The Prince” by Nicola Machiavelli
March 13, 2014 at 12:55 pm #181755
7 Habits is great
I’m a big fan of biographies or overviews of a company’s history – just read the book on Amazon and Jeff Bezos that was great
March 14, 2014 at 1:45 pm #181753
Primal Leadership by Goleman, Boyatzis, McKee
March 14, 2014 at 3:56 pm #181751
Leadership and Self Deception by the Arbinger Institute
March 14, 2014 at 4:12 pm #181749
I’m still a big fan of “Leadership of Public Bureaucracies: The Administrator as Conservator” by Larry Terry. A virtual checklist of all the things one needs to tend to – from recruitment, to internal communications, to knowledge transfer, and beyond – that makes a public institution be perceived as THE authoritative source, and dependable repository of good judgment and sensible policies. Teaches how to remain true, and be seen as remaining true, to the mission of your agency despite changing landscape. Chock full of examples of mistakes from the annals of federal history. A relatively brief, but highly informative read.
March 14, 2014 at 5:10 pm #181747
David A. StreatParticipant
This may sound a little strange, but the Bible is the best book on leadership that I have ever read. I say that because it has just about every sceaniro that one can think of and solutions to every problem. Just my humble opinion!
March 17, 2014 at 12:56 pm #181745
Not a strange choice at all. I’m a little hesitant when it comes to things like smiting all the Amalekites, but apart from that, plenty of great lessons in how to lead, how not to lead, and the kinds of scenarios leaders are often faced with. A whole lot of good lessons in change-management, too. One just has to know where to look.
The Bhagvad Ghita is also a pretty decent meditation on leadership.
March 17, 2014 at 3:41 pm #181743
Not sure about Management but for Leadership, one of my favorites is “Leadership is an Art” by Max DePree.
March 17, 2014 at 4:22 pm #181741
Hands down Seven Habits, it is a solid book that Covey wrote compling all the other books he had read. It’s a great book for interpersonal reflection as well as to use a guide in ethical leadership. Next is the One Minute Manager, again, simple to the point book.
March 17, 2014 at 8:50 pm #181739
March 17, 2014 at 8:55 pm #181737
Good choice. Great advice for leaders that are responsible for armies and decision for war or peace.
March 17, 2014 at 9:20 pm #181735
David B. GrinbergParticipant
“Good to Great” series by Jim Collins.
I also like Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson. Simplicity at it’s finest.
March 17, 2014 at 9:23 pm #181733
Who moved my cheese is so basic and yet when I used it in lower level management training, so many missed the theme.
March 17, 2014 at 9:25 pm #181731
Another great book, unfortunately I find most business could care less about trust. Even if it is a core value that defines all else.
March 18, 2014 at 3:33 pm #181729
Karen L. JonesParticipant
Servant Leadership by Robert Greenleaf (1977, 2002)- endorsed by Stephen Covey and Peter Senge. His concepts incorporate those mentioned by others such as trust, communication, empathy, etc.
“The difference manifests itself in the care taken by the servant-first to make sure that other people’s highest priority needs are being served. The best test, and difficult to administer, is this: Do those served grow as persons? Do they, while being served, become healthier, wiser, freer, more autonomous, more likely themselves to become servants? And, what is the effect of the least privileged in society? Will they benefit or at least not be further deprived?” (p. 27)
March 18, 2014 at 4:20 pm #181727
Q: Do any of these recommended books convey anything particularly different, or cover distinct aspects or contexts of leadership, or do they simply put a particular spin on conveying what is largely the same message, such that it clicks with different sorts of people?
I don’t ask this to denigrate any of them. Rather, one need only browse through the management section of any large quality bookstore to be struck by just how many published works there are on the general topic of leading and managing. And it’s not like there are bookstore sections on “how to lead a chain of convenience stores”, “how to lead shoe retailers”, “how to lead sports franchises”, or “how to lead public policy NGOs”. There is an underlying assumption about the generic nature of advice on leading and managing; most such books presume transferability of principles across many, if not all, contexts..
So, why so many of these darn books? Are people who want to be leaders/managers that gullible that they’re easily persuaded into thinking that each new book is somehow going to be THE ONE? Are people who completely surprised themselves by how different their own experience was from what they’d expected inspired, in droves, to write books?
I don’t get it. Why so many books telling pretty much the same story over and over again? And as David Streat’s post clearly attests, it’s not like the topic of leading is a particularly recent development!
March 21, 2014 at 1:48 pm #181725
March 21, 2014 at 1:52 pm #181723
We use The Leadership Challenge by Kouzes and Posner as the basis for our leadership program.
March 21, 2014 at 2:06 pm #181721
Stephen M.R. Covey’s “The Speed of Trust”. I swear by its principles and practices and have used it with very positive results when consulting with agencies that are undergoing great turmoil. Definitely on my “A” list.
March 21, 2014 at 2:12 pm #181719
Can’t disagree with your thought. I think there is a lot of book marketing going on (new spin) and there is some uniqueness in how the message is presented that rings true with some more that others. Many spend a great deal of time telling you why without much substance about how to implement their recommendations. Others are more direct and application oriented, which is why my go-to is “The Speed of Trust” by Stephen M.R. Covey because of how he shows direct correlation (causation?) for the impact of trust to the bottom line….performance (fiscal or otherwise). Without trust, there will be no commitment to organizational goals, and thus, poor performance.
March 21, 2014 at 2:44 pm #181717
March 24, 2014 at 11:38 am #181715
Jim Collins & Peter Senge are among some of my favorite authors. Yet, in the past decade, Malcolm Gladwell has written three books that have radically changed how we understand our world and ourselves: The Tipping Point, Blink, and Outliers. Regarded by many as the most gifted and influential author and journalist in America today, Gladwell’s rare ability to connect with audiences of such varied interests has ensured that each title become a phenomenal bestseller with more than ten million copies in print combined.
Each of the 3 books by Gladwell sit nicely between my copies of “Good to Great”; “Built to Last”, “The 5th Discipline”, & “The Prince”
March 24, 2014 at 11:41 am #181713
Has anyone thought of putting a section on govloop with professional book recommendations?
It would be great to have all these books with a short description and a tag -leadership, business practice for others.
March 24, 2014 at 1:51 pm #181711
If you go back to one of the earliest management books, “The Art of War” by Sun Tzu circa 500 BC, you will find that the only real difference in leadership is the particular problems that arise. People issues tend to be about the same and strategy has certainly not changed much. I would say that the more modern books may offer an easier reading than trying to figure through “The Art of War”.
Of course there are some really awful books out there too. Not everyone who writes a leadership book actually knows what they are talking about.
March 24, 2014 at 2:40 pm #181709
Karen L. JonesParticipant
Or a wiki page of some sort so it can be added to?
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