Category: Leadership

The President is not a good leader because he’s the President. Nor is he necessarily the President because he’s an effective leader. The President can only lead effectively if he is indeed a good leader, and while we sometimes say that leadership comes naturally to those who are good leaders, it is possible for bad leaders to become good leaders, and for good leaders to become better leaders. Not every book on leadership will render this service to those who read them, but some will.

  1. Influencer: The Power to Change Anything by Kerry Patterson

    Overview (from Harvard Business Review) An influencer motivates others to change. An influencer replaces bad behaviors with powerful new skills. An influencer makes things happen. This is what it takes to be an influencer. Whether you’re a CEO, a parent, … Continue reading

  2. Linchpin by Seth Godin

    General Overview “The only way to get what you’re worth is to stand out, to exert emotional labor, to be seen as indispensable, and to produce interactions that organizations and people care deeply about.” In bestsellers such as Purple Cowand … Continue reading

  3. The Art of War by Sun Tzu

    General Overview (from Amazon.com) The Art of War is the Swiss army knife of military theory–pop out a different tool for any situation. Folded into this small package are compact views on resourcefulness, momentum, cunning, the profit motive, flexibility, integrity, … Continue reading

  4. Tribes by Seth Godin

    General Description (from Publisher’s 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, … Continue reading

  5. The Art of Exceptional Living by Jim Rohn

    General Description (from Amazon.com) The world’s foremost producer of personal development and motivational audio programs now provides the secrets for living an exceptional life. You begin by making your life a work of art. You don’t have to be a … Continue reading

  6. Lead the Field by Earl Nightingale

    General Description (from Amazon.com) IF THE GRASS IS GREENER ON THE OTHER SIDE… It’s probably getting better care. Success is not a matter of luck or circumstance. It’s not a matter of fate or the breaks you get or who … Continue reading

  7. Leadership and Self Deception by The Arbinger Institute

    General Description (from Amazon.com) Using the story/parable format so popular these days, Leadership and Self-Deception takes a novel psychological approach to leadership. It’s not what you do that matters, say the authors (presumably plural–the book is credited to the esteemed … Continue reading