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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 16, 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...
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...
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
Leadership Is an Art
Max Depree - Aug 25, 1989 (first published in 1987)
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LEADERSHIP IS AN ART has long been a must-read not only within the business community but also in professions ranging from academia to medical practices, to the political arena. First published in 1989, the book has sold more than 800,000 copies in hardcover and paperback. This revised edition brings Max De Pree’s timeless words and practical philo...
The Dichotomy of Leadership
Balancing the Challenges of Extreme Ownership to Lead and Win
Jocko Willink - Sep 25, 2018
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THE INSTANT #1 NATIONAL BESTSELLERFrom the #1 New York Times bestselling authors of Extreme Ownership comes a new and revolutionary approach to help leaders recognize and attain the leadership balance crucial to victory. With their first book, Extreme Ownership (published in October 2015), Jocko Willink and Leif Babin set a new standard for leaders...
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
Servant Leadership by Robert K. Greenleaf
Leading Change, With a New Preface by the Author by John P. Kotter
Switch by Chip Heath
The New One Minute Manager by Ken Blanchard
Primal Leadership, With a New Preface by the Authors by Daniel Goleman
Act Like a Leader, Think Like a Leader by Herminia Ibarra
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
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
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
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
Linchpin by Seth Godin
Nice Girls Don't Get the Corner Office by Lois P. Frankel
Weird by Olga Khazan
The 15 Commitments of Conscious Leadership by Jim Dethmer
The Power of Moments by Chip Heath
Measure What Matters by John Doerr
Once an Eagle by Anton Myrer
Failing Forward by John C. Maxwell
The Infinite Game by Simon Sinek
American Icon by Bryce G. Hoffman
Peopleware by Tom DeMarco
Winning With People by John C. Maxwell
Difficult Conversations by Douglas Stone
Becoming a Person of Influence by John C. Maxwelll
The Mission, the Men, and Me by Pete Blaber
Legacy by James Kerr
The Manager's Path by Camille Fournier
The Making of a Manager by Julie Zhuo
The Five Temptations of a CEO, Anniversary Edition by Patrick Lencioni
Everybody Matters by Bob Chapman
Didn't See It Coming by Carey Nieuwhof
Forged in Crisis by Nancy Koehn
Eleven Rings by Phil Jackson
Lincoln on Leadership by Donald T. Phillips
The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader by John Maxwell
Maxwell Leadership Bible by John C. Maxwell
The 360 Degree Leader by John C. Maxwell
Integrity by Henry Cloud
Lead from the Outside by Stacey Abrams
Developing the Leaders Around You by John C. Maxwell
Lead . . . for God's Sake! by Todd Gongwer
Originals by Adam Grant
Leadership Gold by John C. Maxwell
Leadership 101 by John C. Maxwell
Over the Top by Zig Ziglar
Attitude 101 by John C. Maxwell
The Go-Giver Leader by Bob Burg
Crucial Accountability by Kerry Patterson
Management Rev Ed by Peter F. Drucker
You Win in the Locker Room First by Jon Gordon
What Great Principals Do Differently by Todd Whitaker
The Essential Wooden by John Wooden
The Essential Drucker by Peter F. Drucker
Xenophon's Cyrus the Great by Xenophon
Loonshots by Safi Bahcall
Own It by Sallie Krawcheck
Talent is Overrated by Geoff Colvin
Winners by Alastair Campbell
It Doesn't Have to Be Crazy at Work by Jason Fried
Getting More by Stuart Diamond
Talk Like Ted by Carmine Gallo
Margin by Richard Swenson
Hit Refresh by Satya Nadella
Emotional Intelligence 2.0 by Travis Bradberry
I Shouldn't Be Telling You This by Kate White
The Road to Character by David Brooks
Enchantment by Guy Kawasaki
Reinventing You by Dorie Clark
Turn the Ship Around! by L. David Marquet
Wooden by John Wooden
The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth by John C. Maxwell
In the Name of Jesus by Henri J. M. Nouwen
The Great CEO Within by Matt Mochary
Call Sign Chaos by Jim Mattis
How to Have Confidence and Power in Dealing with People by Leslie T. Giblin
The Anatomy of Peace by The Arbinger Institute