Our Favorite Leadership Books

Jun 30, 2011
by: Sam McCoy

Our Favorite Leadership Books
Our Favorite Leadership Books.
We have whittled our list of favorite books down to 11 must-reads for those interested in the future of leadership.   Crossing public, business, non-profit, communication, social media and technology sectors, this collection of books brings together a variety of critical perspectives and trends that are influencing leadership today. 

The New Social Learning

The New Social Learning: A Guide to Transforming Organizations through Social Media
Tony Bingham and Marcia L. Conner
ASTD & Berrett-Koehler, 2010

Social media has predominately been seen in the business community as a tool for marketing and occasionally as a workplace distraction.  In this book, authors Tony Bringham and Marica Conner explore the revolutionary new ways that social media can be used to access the personal experiences and strengths of employees to create collaborative community-oriented learning strategies to grow and improve organizational structures.


The SAGE Handbook of LeadershipThe Sage Handbook of Leadership.

Alan Bryman,Brad Jackson and David Collinson
Sage Productions Limited, 2011

Exploring the future of leadership, this collection examines the dynamics of leadership within the facets of organization and social structures today.  This handbooks is a comprehensive leadership reference for researchers, students and today’s practitioners.




The Power of Pull

The Power of Pull: How Small Moves, Smartly Made, Can Set Big Things in Motion.
John Hagel, John Seely Brown and Lang Davison. 
Basic Books, 2010.

As traditional means of communication and ways of conducting business have rapidly changed, the authors explore new opportunities and challenges to guide the revitalization of your business.  




SwitchSwitch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard.
Chip Heath and Dan Heath. 
Crown Business, 2010.

Change can at times seem irrationally frightening, Chip and Dan Heath explore the psychological impediments that business and communities face when confronted by the need to adapt to change. The tension between the rational and emotional sides of the brain can often be in conflict when presented with difficult changes in our routine or environment. Switch shows how all people, managers and employees canadapt and succeed when confronted with transfomative change.



Leading Outside the LinesLeading outside the Lines: How to Mobilize the (in)formal Organization, Energize Your Team, and Get Better Results.  
Jon R. Katzenbach, and Zia Inayat-Khan
Jossey-Bass, 2010.

This great resource is an in-depth exploration into the structures and cultures that shape today’s workplace with useful and practical tools to for organizational and individual self-assessment. For today's managers and leaders, it is vital to understand the formal intricacies of organizational structures, but also crucial to fully grasp the importance of the informal structures, social networks and culture of the modern workplace 


The Truth About Leadership
The Truth about Leadership: the No-fads, Heart-of-the-matter Facts You Need to Know.
James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner.
Jossey-Bass, 2010. 


A practical and evidence based analysis of what it means to become an effective and ethical leader. Kouzes and Posner explore 10 core truths that all leaders need to know to be prepared and effective in any organization or community.



Open LeadershipOpen Leadership: How Social Technology Can Transform the Way You Lead.
Charlene Li
Jossey-Bass, 2010.

Openness, transparency and authenticity are three key concepts for todays organization, but making the transition into the world of twitter, blogs and facebook can be difficult and even resisted. Charlene Li's valuable guide to thinking and leading in a world in which social media is not just becoming the norm, but a necessity. 



Leading Across Boundries

Leading Across Boundaries: Creating Collaborative Agencies in a Networked World.
Russell Matthew Linden.
Jossey-Bass, 2010.

A great resource to helping leaders of nonprofit organizations and public agencies work collaboratively and overcome organizational boundaries to develop successful and lasting partnerships. Filled with stories of successful leadership and collaboration, Russell Linden weaves together tales and tips for todays practitioners.



The Art of Public Strategy

The Art of Public Strategy Mobilizing Power and Knowledge for the Common Good.
Geoff Mulgan.
Oxford UP, 2009.

Great for those in leadership positions of public organizations, this book explains how strategies can be shaped to achieve important goals for social institutions and progress.




Liquid LeadershipLiquid Leadership: from Woodstock to Wikipedia :
Multigenerational Management Ideas That Are Changing the Way We Run Things.

Szollose, Brad Szollose. 
Greenleaf Book Group, 2011

Overcoming generational divides within the workplace is critical skill for leaders of all institutions, explore techniques to bridge clashes of culture and adaptation to modern technology.




MacroWikinomics: Rebooting Business and the World.
Tapscott, Don, and Anthony D. Williams. 
Penguin, 2010.

A great book for exploring the multitude of forces that have shaped our models of economic and social innovation and continue to revolutionize the way that we think and work today.