5 MUST READ BOOKS on Leadership + 1

I love to read!

So here is a list of 5 books that are a must read for anyone in Leadership…+1!

1. Leading on Empty by Wayne Cordeiro

From the Inside Flap:

Are You Leading on Empty? It was a balmy California evening. I had gone for a jog before I was to speak at a leadership conference. I still can’t recall how I got there, but I found myself sitting on a curb weeping uncontrollably. I couldn’t tell if it took place suddenly or gradually, but I knew something had broken inside. I remember lifting my trembling hands and asking out loud, “What in the world is happening to me?” I had been leading on empty. That incident began a three-year odyssey I could never have imagined. It was a journey through a season of burnout and re-calibration that would radically change my lifestyle, my values, my goals, and even adjust my calling. Are you leading on empty? If you’re a church or ministry leader, you probably identify with Wayne Cordeiro’s experience of being overwhelmed by the demands of ministry. At times you may find yourself depleted of energy and longing to escape the constant pressure. In Leading on Empty, Wayne Cordeiro candidly shares his experience with the hope that it will encourage others headed down the same path. He was able to get back in touch with his life, get back in proper balance, and allow God to reenergize his spirit in a way that propelled him forward to greater levels of service. Learn from his experience how you can continue a fruitful ministry. Better yet, take advantage of Wayne’s helpful advice early on and avoid burnout altogether.

2. REWORK by Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson

Seth Godin’s Review:

This book will make you uncomfortable.

Depending on what you do all day, it might make you extremely uncomfortable.

That’s a very good thing, because you deserve it. We all do.

Jason and David have broken all the rules and won. Again and again they’ve demonstrated that the regular way isn’t necessarily the right way. They just don’t say it, they do it. And they do it better than just about anyone has any right to expect.

This book is short, fast, sharp and ready to make a difference. It takes no prisoners, spares no quarter, and gives you no place to hide, all at the same time.

There, my review is almost as long as the first chapter of the book. I can’t imagine what possible excuse you can dream up for not buying this book for every single person you work with, right now.

Stop reading the review. Buy the book.

3. Tribes by Seth Godin

From Publishers Weekly:

Short on pages but long on repetition, this newest book by Godin (Purple Cow) argues that lasting and substantive change can be best effected by a tribe: a group of people connected to each other, to a leader and to an idea. Smart innovators find or assemble a movement of similarly minded individuals and get the tribe excited by a new product, service or message, often via the Internet (consider, for example, the popularity of the Obama campaign, Facebook or Twitter). Tribes, Godin says, can be within or outside a corporation, and almost everyone can be a leader; most are kept from realizing their potential by fear of criticism and fear of being wrong. The book’s helpful nuggets are buried beneath esoteric case studies and multiple reiterations: we can be leaders if we want, tribes are the way of the future and change is good. On that last note, the advice found in this book should be used with caution. Change isn’t made by asking permission, Godin says. Change is made by asking forgiveness, later. That may be true, but in this economy and in certain corporations, it may also be a good way to lose a job.
4. The Go-Giver by Bob Burg & John David Mann
From Booklist:
“The powerful business idea referenced in the title is that ‘shifting the focus from getting to giving and putting the other person first is the key to business success and personal fulfillment.’ … Explanations of these concepts and how to employ them are clear and to the point, and as with all successfully written business books, it will provoke thought and probably action as well.”

5. Leadership Above The Line by Dr. Sarah Sumner

Product Description:

Are you living “above the line”? Are you living and leading with integrity, excellence, and character? In Leadership above the Line, Dr. Sarah Sumner introduces a grid called The People Model. The People Model is versatile. It freely goes wherever people are. It applies to relationships anywhere—in the workplace, the home, volunteer clubs, businesses, government, nonprofits, schools, churches, hospitals, you name it. But what sets The People Model apart is its ethical dimension—it will help you become a better person. The People Model describes three sets of people—Strategists, Humanitarians, and Diplomats—and its goal is to help people live above the line in all three categories. Apply The People Model and you will increase your self-awareness, find new motivation, and be able to approach relationships with creativity that will make you more effective. Leadership above the Line takes a unique approach among books of this genre, in that it doesn’t just explain The People Model, it models it through an engaging story—one that might just sound familiar to parts of your own story! Leadership above the Line also includes an entire section on applying The People Model, as well as a People Model Test and a People Model Workbook for small groups. Leadership above the Line invites you to experience living and leading above the line.
The Prophet Jeremiah:
“Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O LORD God of hosts.”
God Bless!

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4 responses to “5 MUST READ BOOKS on Leadership + 1”

  1. Carlos says :

    I’m gonna get Tribes since I’ve heard so much about it, but which book would you recommend that specifically addresses team leadership? I work with a team at work and am being promoted to team leader. I’m ready, but I feel I need something to get me a little bit smarter real quick!

  2. PRDay says :

    Carlos – out of the 5 listed above I would suggest Go-Giver first…then Leadership Above the Line…of course John Maxwell has the 17 Laws of Teamwork which is a great read. I would say it depends on your first objective as a team lead…do you want to build comradery…enhance focus…increase results…what are you tackling first that will take the team higher?

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