General Leadership

  •  Good Leaders Ask Great Questions 

    by John C. Maxwell

    To be a successful leader, you need to be asking yourself and your team key questions in order to learn, grow, and develop better ideas. Maxwell shares leadership questions he has gathered from others and from his own experience that will inspire both seasoned leaders and new leaders to ask great questions that will improve their leadership skills and careers.
  •   Becoming Your Best: The 12 Principles of Highly Successful Leaders

    by Steven Shallenberger

    Shallenberger reveals the 12 principles you need to follow in order to reach your highest potential and drive the kind of innovation that turns good companies into industry leaders, all while living a well-balanced personal life.

Running an organizing in today’s high-pressure landscape gets more difficult every year, it seems that you either sacrifice your personal life for your job or you lose everything. It doesn’t have to be this way. You can succeed at work and live a happy life at the same time. In fact, if you follow Shallenberger’s advice, a satisfying personal life will necessarily follow your leadership success. That’s because it’s all based on timeless truths that apply to every aspect of life, in any organizatin and in any culture. 

Divided into three thematic sections-Transformational Leadership, Transformational Teams and Relationships, and Transformational Living-Becoming Your Best is packed with advice, tools, and examples for turning your thoughts into action, motivating yourself and your people, inspiring teams to solve problems creatively, and building the life you’ve always dreamed of.
 

  •  From Values to Action: The Four Principles of Values-Based Leadership

    by Harry M. Kraemer

    Author, Harry Kraemer, professor at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management and former chairman and CEO of Baxter International, a multibillion-dollar health care company, argues that, as the global economy becomes even more competitive, organizations will turn to values-based leaders who, in doing the right thing, deliver outstanding and lasting results. Kraemer knows about delivering results and doing the right thing; not only did he step up to the plate when things were going well but also when faced with change, controversy, and crisis.
    Drawing from first-hand experience, Kraemer offers current and aspiring leaders a framework to adopt four principles of values-based leadership to make their organizations beacons of enduring value in the world. Insightful and inspiring, From Values to Action comes at a critical time when true leadership in every facet of society is greatly needed.

  • Blink: The Power of Thinking without Thinking

    By Maldolm Gladwell

    Blink is a book about how we think without thinking, about choices that seem to be made in an instant-in the blink of an eye-that actually aren't as simple as they seem. Why are some people brilliant decision makers, while others are consistently inept? And why are the best decisions often those that are impossible to explain to others? Blink reveals that great decision makers aren't those who process the most information or spend the most time deliberating, but those who have perfected the art of "thin-slicing"-filtering the very few factors that matter from an overwhelming number of variables.
  • Let My People Go Surfing: The Education of a Reluctant Business Man

    By Yvon Chouinard

    In his long-awaited memoir, Yvon Chouinard-legendary climber, businessman, environmentalist, and founder of Patagonia, Inc.-shares the persistence and courage that have gone into being head of one of the most respected and environmentally responsible companies on earth. From his youth as the son of a French Canadian blacksmith to the thrilling, ambitious climbing expeditions that inspired his innovative designs for the sport's equipment, Let My People Go Surfing is the story of a man who brought doing good and having grand adventures into the heart of his business life-a book that will deeply affect entrepreneurs and outdoor enthusiasts alike.  Recommended by client Lisa Robertson.
  • Good to Great/Good to Great and the Social Sector

    By Jim Collins

    What enables some organizations to make the leap to greatness … and what holds others back? Collins’ identifies the five key determinants of greatness … and how to achieve them. This version of the original book has direct applicability to the private sector, non-profits, and government agencies.
  • Leadership and the New Science

    By Margaret Wheatley

    A clearly written approach to organizations thru the lens of the natural world, Wheatley shows how we can better lead change by focusing on the relationships between the parts of the organization, rather than the parts themselves.
  • Servant Leadership

    By Robert Greenleaf

    This captures both the spirit and purpose of leadership, by focusing on the role of the leader to create the best possible environment. A leader’s role is to serve, not to be served. This book answers both the how and why of leadership.
  • The Effective Executive

    By Peter Drucker

    This classic leadership book is still relevant 40 years after its initial publication. Many of the concepts here have been presented recently as “new thinking.” In many ways Drucker established the template for effective organizational leadership. His key concepts include managing time, focusing on contributions and results, building on strengths, setting the right priorities and making effective decisions. Sound familiar?

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