Leadership and Self-Deception – Arbinger Institute
The number one go-to book is Leadership and Self-Deception. Few books deal so well with understanding the nature of our choices in relationships. For leaders, the most significant component of leading involves relationships. The narrative of this book draws the reader into the story and guides them down the path of understanding how the choices we make, or the choices we do not make, have an incredible impact on how we see others, how we see ourselves, how we feel, and how we see the world. If you choose to read only one book concerning leadership, let this be the one.
The Anatomy of Peace – Arbinger Institute
The sequel to Leadership and Self-Deception is The Anatomy of Peace. Continuing the same thought process started in the first book of the series, The Arbinger Institute focuses on a scientific explanation of the concepts explored in the first book. Additionally, this second installment deals with the “Choice Diagram” and four types of boxes that people find themselves in as a result of their choices. Again, this is a powerful follow-up to the first book.
The Outward Mindset – Arbinger Institute
The final installment in the series is The Outward Mindset. This book provides the perfect conclusion to the series. If everyone applied the information in this book, all areas of life would be different. The application suggests that our actions be directed by first considering the impact of those actions in the lives of others. Will our actions be in the best interest of those affected by this decision? If not, then we must reconsider the decision before acting.
GRIT: The Power of Passion and Perseverance – Angela Duckworth
Grit is one the best books to read this year. What is grit? How does grit factor into the success of our leadership? Can grit be taught within the business setting, church, and home? These questions are all answered within the pages of this book. The research behind Angela Duckworth’s “Grit Assessment” proves significant results. The power of passion and perseverance, when synchronized, guide a leader’s path to success.
Start with Why – Simon Sinek
Simon Sinek introduces the “Golden Circle” in his latest book, Start with Why. When an organization understands “why,” the chances of success increase dramatically. Many organizations understand “what” they do, and can explain “how” they do it. However, few organizations understand and communicate “why” they do what they do. Sinek explains how the brain works in connection to the brain’s function in relationship to “why.” Every person and organization needs to read this book and consider the “why” to their existence.
Leading Change – John Kotter
Change in any organization is difficult. Fear of change influences decisions within an individual and organization. The longer an organization exists, the more difficult it becomes to introduce change. How can a leader help an organization overcome the obstacles and introduce the right kind of change to secure success for the future. John Kotter takes an eight step approach that outlines the key elements to effecting change.
Getting to Yes – Roger Fisher and William Ury
Next Generation Leader – Andy Stanley
Good to Great – Jim Collins
Ascent of a Leader – Bill Thrall, Bruce McNicol, and Ken McElrath
Marching of the Map – Tim Elmore
Transforming Church – Kevin Ford