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Leaders Eat Last
Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don't
Simon Sinek - May 23, 2017 (first published in 2013)
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The New York Times bestselling follow-up to Simon Sinek's global hit Start With WhyWhy do only a few people get to say “I love my job”? It seems unfair that finding fulfillment at work is like winning a lottery; that only a few lucky ones get to feel valued by their organizations, to feel like they belong.Imagine a world where almost everyone wakes...
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Jay Thomas
Start with Why
How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action
Simon Sinek - Dec 27, 2011 (first published in 2009)
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"A powerful and penetrating exploration of what separates great companies and great leaders from the rest." -Polly LaBarre, coauthor of Mavericks at Work Why are some people and organizations more innovative, more influential, and more profitable than others? Why do some command greater loyalty?In studying the leaders who've had the greatest influe...
Good To Great
Why Some Companies Make The Leap and Others Don't
Jim Collins - Oct 17, 2001
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To find the keys to greatness, Collins's 21-person research team read and coded 6,000 articles, generated more than 2,000 pages of interview transcripts and created 384 megabytes of computer data in a five-year project. The findings will surprise many readers and, quite frankly, upset others.The ChallengeBuilt to Last, the defining management study...
Extreme Ownership
Jocko Willink - Jan 01, 2018 (first published in 2015)
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An updated edition of the blockbuster bestselling leadership book that took America and the world by storm, two U.S. Navy SEAL officers who led the most highly decorated special operations unit of the Iraq War demonstrate how to apply powerful leadership principles from the battlefield to business and life.Combat, the most intense and dynamic envir...
How to Win Friends and Influence People
Dale Carnegie - Jan 03, 2020 (first published in 1936)
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You can go after the job you want...and get it! You can take the job you have...and improve it! You can take any situation you're in...and make it work for you!Since its release in 1936, How to Win Friends and Influence People has sold more than 15 million copies. Dale Carnegie's first book is a timeless bestseller, packed with rock-solid advice th...
Drive
The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us
Daniel H. Pink - Apr 05, 2011 (first published in 2009)
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The New York Times bestseller that gives readers a paradigm-shattering new way to think about motivation Most people believe that the best way to motivate is with rewards like money—the carrot-and-stick approach. That's a mistake, says Daniel H. Pink (author of To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Motivating Others). In this provocative and...
The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership
Follow Them and People Will Follow You
John C. Maxwell - Sep 08, 2007 (first published in 1998)
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What would happen if a top expert with more than thirty years of leadership experience were willing to distill everything he had learned about leadership into a handful of life-changing principles just for you? It would change your life.John C. Maxwell has done exactly that in The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership. He has combined insights learned ...
The Coaching Habit
Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way You Lead Forever
Michael Bungay Stanier - Feb 29, 2016
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Coaching is an essential skill for leaders. But for most busy, overworked managers, coaching employees is done badly, or not at all.  They’re just too busy, and it’s too hard to change. But what if managers could coach their people in 10 minutes or less? In Michael Bungay Stanier’s The Coaching Habit, coaching becomes a regular, informal part of yo...
Dare to Lead
Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts.
Brené Brown - Oct 09, 2018
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In her #1 New York Times bestsellers, Brené Brown has taught us what it means to dare greatly, rise strong, and brave the wilderness. Now, based on new research conducted with leaders, change makers, and culture shifters, she's showing us how to put those ideas into practice so we can step up and lead.Leadership is not about titles, status, and wie...
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Rachel Botsman
Powerful
Building a Culture of Freedom and Responsibility
Patty McCord - Jan 09, 2018
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When it comes to recruiting, motivating, and creating great teams, Patty McCord says most companies have it all wrong. McCord helped create the unique and high-performing culture at Netflix, where she was chief talent officer. In her new book, Powerful: Building a Culture of Freedom and Responsibility, she shares what she learned there and elsewher...
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Keith Rabois
The Five Dysfunctions of a Team
A Leadership Fable
Patrick Lencioni - Apr 10, 2002 (first published in 1998)
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In The Five Dysfunctions of a Team Patrick Lencioni once again offers a leadership fable that is as enthralling and instructive as his first two best-selling books, The Five Temptations of a CEO and The Four Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive. This time, he turns his keen intellect and storytelling power to the fascinating, complex world of t...
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Alfred Lin
Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg
Leadership Is an Art by Max Depree
The Dichotomy of Leadership by Jocko Willink
Wooden on Leadership by John Wooden
Radical Candor by Kim Scott
Developing the Leader Within You 2.0 by John C. Maxwell
The Leadership Challenge by James M. Kouzes
True North by Bill George
The Ride of a Lifetime by Robert Iger
Leadership by Doris Kearns Goodwin
It's Your Ship by Captain D. Michael Abrashoff
Switch by Chip Heath
Servant Leadership by Robert K. Greenleaf
Leading Change, With a New Preface by the Author by John P. Kotter
Act Like a Leader, Think Like a Leader by Herminia Ibarra
Primal Leadership, With a New Preface by the Authors by Daniel Goleman
It's Not About the Coffee by Howard Behar
Principles by Ray Dalio
Give and Take by Adam Grant
The Score Takes Care of Itself by Bill Walsh
The Effective Executive by Peter F. Drucker
The 5 Levels of Leadership by John C. Maxwell
The Advantage by Patrick Lencioni
Leadership and Self-Deception by The Arbinger Institute
Multipliers by Liz Wiseman
The World's Most Powerful Leadership Principle by James C. Hunter
What Got You Here Won't Get You There by Marshall Goldsmith
The Servant Leader by James A. Autry
Made to Stick by Chip Heath
The Servant by James C. Hunter
Humble Leadership by Edgar H. Schein
Leaders by Stanley McChrystal
Tribes by Seth Godin
All You Have to Do Is Ask by Wayne Baker
High Output Management by Andrew S. Grove
Team of Teams by Gen. Stanley McChrystal
Creativity, Inc. by Ed Catmull
Developing the Leader Within You by John Maxwell
Leadershift by John C. Maxwell
Work Rules! by Laszlo Bock
The Ideal Team Player by Patrick M. Lencioni
The Power of Positive Leadership by Jon Gordon
The Four Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive by Patrick Lencioni
Everyone Communicates, Few Connect by John C. Maxwell
Permission to Screw Up by Kristen Hadeed
Living Forward by Michael Hyatt
Upstream by Dan Heath
Excellence Wins by Horst Schulze
Hacking Leadership by Joe Sanfelippo
Never Give In! The Best of Winston Churchill's Speeches by Winston Churchill
What's Your Problem? by Thomas Wedell-Wedellsborg
Seven Pillars of Servant Leadership by James W. Sipe
The Serving Leader by Ken Jennings
Tribal Leadership by Dave Logan
Why Do So Many Incompetent Men Become Leaders? by Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic
It Worked for Me by Colin Powell
Giants of Enterprise by Richard S. Tedlow
Move Your Bus by Ron Clark
Think Like a Rocket Scientist by Ozan Varol
The Truth about Leadership by James M. Kouzes
In Search of Excellence by Thomas J. Peters
The Energy Bus by Jon Gordon
What Are Your Blind Spots? Conquering the 5 Misconceptions that Hold Leaders Back by Jim Haudan
Leadership by James M. Burns
On Becoming a Leader by Warren Bennis
The First 90 Days by Michael D. Watkins
Execution by Larry Bossidy
Nice Girls Don't Get the Corner Office by Lois P. Frankel
Weird by Olga Khazan
Executive Presence by Sylvia Ann Hewlett
The 4 Day Week by Andrew Barnes