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My Top 10 Leadership Books

Updated: Jan 13, 2021

Leadership is at first personal - one must lead oneself before one can hope to lead others. It extends to your immediate team (professional as well as personal) and eventually to the organization. The books that have influenced my leadership approach reflect this paradigm. The list below is merely a starting point. One is always learning more about leadership. I hope you enjoy! I've included links to more detailed analysis about each book.


“Our job is not to 'go with our gut' or fixate on the first impression we form about an issue. No, we need to be strong enough to resist thinking that is too neat, too plausible, and therefore almost always wrong. Because if a leader can't take the time to develop a clear sense of the bigger picture, who will? If the leader isn't thinking through all the way to the end, who is?”

- Ryan Holiday, Stillness is the Key, p. 14


Leading Self:

Managing Oneself, Peter Drucker

Leading Individuals:

Six Essential Elements of Leadership, Colonel Wesley Fox, USMC (Retired)

On Practical Leadership, Peter Drucker

How to Win Friends and Influence People, Dale Carnegie

Leading Teams:

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, Patrick Lencioni

Death by Meeting, Patrick Lencioni

Leading Up:

Managing Up & Across, Harvard Business Review Guide

Managing Upward: Strategies for Succeeding with Your Boss, Patti Hathaway & Susan D. Schubert

Talent Management:

The Ideal Team Player, Patrick Lencioni

Bonus - Leadership Movies:

Miracle (2004)

Remember the Titans (2000)

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