My Top 20 Books on Leadership and Management

There is no shortage of books on leadership and management these days, and it’s a bit difficult to know where to begin. I have spent the last several reading a number of them, and I also have tracked the preferences of those I respect in the field. If I had to recommend 20 best books on leadership, they would be:

1. Leadership and Self-Deception by The Arbinger Institute (See my blog series on this book)

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

3. The One Minute Manager by Ken Blanchard

4. On Becoming a Leader by Warren Bennis

5. The Speed of Trust by Stephen M. R. Covey

6. The Work of Leaders by Straw, Davis, Scullard and Kukkonen

7.The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz

8. Lyndon Johnson and The American Dream by Doris Kearns Goodwin or The Passage of Power by Robert Caro

9. Servant Leadership by Robert Greenleaf

10. Generation to Generation: Family Process in Church and Synagogue by Edwin Friedman

11. Primal Leadership by Daniel Goleman

12. Leading Change by John Kotter

13. The Circle of the 9 Muses: A Field Guide for Innovators and Meaning Makers by David Hutchens

14. Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg

15. Hardball by Chris Matthews

16. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey

17. Tao Te Ching (ed. Stephen Mitchell) and The Bible: Genesis, Exodus, Ecclesiastes, The Four Gospels

18. HBR’s 10 Must Reads on Leadership by Harvard Business Review

19. The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else in Business by Patrick Lincioni

20. The Fifth Discipline by Peter Senge

Top 10 Books on Skills Every Leader Should Have:

1. Emotional Intelligence 2.0 by Travis Bradberry, Jean Greaves and Patrick M. Lencioni

2. Crucial Conversations by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, and Al Switzler

3. Rising Strong by Brene Brown

4. Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman

5. The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lincioni

6. What Got You Here Won’t Get You There and Triggers by Marshall Goldsmith

7. Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World by Michael Hyatt

8. The Charge by Brendon Burchard

9. Never Eat Alone by Keith Ferrazzi

10. Drive by Daniel Pink

The 10 Next Books on Leadership I’m Going to Read:

1. Good Work: Where Excellence and Ethics Meet by Howard Gardner, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, and William Damon

2. The Soul of Leadership by Deepak Chopra

4. Great by Choice by Jim Collins

5. Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin

6. The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John Maxwell

7. Your Brain at Work by David Rock

8. Synchronicity: The Inner Path of Leadership by Joseph Jaworski and Peter Senge

9. The First 90 Days by Michael Watkins

10. A Passion for Leadership by Bob Gates

And here are some of the best leadership books of 2015 that are now on my Amazon Wish List.

4 Responses to “My Top 20 Books on Leadership and Management”
  1. Anthony Fleming says:

    Great list Todd! I’m currently reading #7 on your list, “The Four Agreements”.

  2. we’re the same person in different bodies! love it – thank you

  3. Gina says:

    Thanks! I am about to start my first position as a manager! Will definitely read some of these!

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