Recommended Reading for Leaders


Encouraging the Heart:  Do you wish you were better at motivating your staff? Encouraging the Heart is a wonderful book on how to Increase your Ability to motivate your staff through encouragement. You will learn the Seven Essentials of Encouraging and will find tangible actions to take to be more encouraging. You will also find an Encouragement Skill Assessment to help you assess your skill level and uncover areas to improve so that you will be the most encouraging leader you can be.
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: What can I say? These are great principles to live by.
Toxic Success:  We can all get caught up in working so hard that we lose focus on what we are working at.  This book is for the person for whom “exhausted” has become normal.  “Exhausted” isn’t normal. This book will help you redefine success and find more balance in your life.

The First 90 Days:  Creating success in the first 90 Days is critical for all new leaders.This book will give you a roadmap to understanding the challenges and opportunities in your new position, negotiating a productive working relationship with your new boss, creating the appropriate coalitions for success, building early successes, and creating the right team.


Who Moved My Cheese:  One of the most valuable lessons I learned from this books is the need to recognize the “difference between activity and productivity.”

The Power of Full Engagement:  This book teaches us to manage our energy, not our time.  It identifies four sources of energy:  Physical, Emotional, Mental, and Spiritual. We must draw on all of these to be at our best and we must also have adequate times of personal renewal to maintain them.

The High Achiever’s Guide to Happiness:  Only 8% of high achievers are happy, even with all of their accomplishments.  Vance and Carol Ann Caesar teach us the strategies by which happy high achievers achieve happiness:  purpose, vision, meaningful work, high energy relationships, beliefs and behaviors that foster a sense of peace, the three R’s (review, renew and recommit), and discipline.

The Four Agreements:  “Dreaming,” author Don Miguel Ruiz argues, “is the main function of the mind.”  I agree and the four agreements (that follow) changed my life:

  • Be Impeccable With Your Words
  • Don’t Take Anything Personally
  • Don’t Make Assumptions
  • Always Do Your Best


The Art of Possibility:  My clients and friends who have read this book have transformed the way they look at life. They see the limitless possibilities, they are inspired to be more, and they learn to harness their passion for more success.
Crossing the Unknown Sea:  Work as a Pilgrimage of Identity: is written by poet David Whyte, and explores how our work shapes our identity.  Paul Hawken says of this book, “For anyone who wants to deepen their connection to their life’s work — or find out what their life’s work is — this book can help navigate the way.”
Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action:  Simon Sinek starts with a fundamental question: Why are some people and organizations more innovative, more influential, and more profitable than others? Why do some command greater loyalty from customers and employees alike? Even among the successful, why are so few able to repeat their success over and over?
The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way You Lead Forever: In Michael Bungay Stanier’s The Coaching Habit, coaching becomes a regular, informal part of your day so managers and their teams can work less hard and have more impact.
Good Leaders Ask Great Questions: Your Foundation for Successful Leadership:  Questions have literally changed John Maxwell’s life. In GOOD LEADERS ASK GREAT QUESTIONS, he shows how they can change yours, teaching why questions are so important, what questions you should ask yourself as a leader, and what questions you should be asking your team.



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