My 10 Favorite Books on Leadership and Life in 2012


Because so much of my client work is in leadership development, I made that topic the focus of my reading this year. In a constant quest to better my own self, I made time for a few self-improvement books that I also added to this list. I made the 60’s a special focus of my reading this year, so you will notice a few selections from that era. Here are the ten books I found most helpful in 2012, and not all were published this year:

10. Leadership 2.0 by Travis Bradberry and Jean Greaves

9. The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else in Business by Patrick Lencioni

8. The Charge: Activating the 10 Human Drives That Make You Feel Alive by Brendon Burchard

7. Tao Te Ching, edited by Stephen Mitchel

6. Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero by Chris Matthews

5. Harvard Business Review’s 10 Must Reads on Leadership by Harvard Business School Press

4. Outside In: The Power of Putting Customers at the Center of Your Business by Harley Manning

3. The End of Leadership by Barbara Kellerman

2. The Leadership Challenge: How To Make Extraordinary Things Happen in Organizations (5th ed.) by James Kouzes and Barry Posner

1. The Years of Lyndon Johnson: The Passage of Power by Robert Caro

Honorable Mention: The Obamas by Jodi Kantor, Sermon on the Mount According to Vedanta by Swami Prabhavananda, House of Light by Mary Oliver, Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter, Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir by Jenny Lawson, If I’m So Wonderful, Why Am I Still Single? by Susan Page

Currently reading: Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power by Jon Meacham, How Will You Measure Your Life? by Clayton M. Christensen, The Law of Divine Compensation by Marianne Williamson, Uplifting Service by Ron Kaufman


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