The 33 Best Leadership Books You Haven’t Read Yet (2020)

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We all succeed on the backs of others. They teach, model, and lead. Their words and work help us navigate what we didn’t expect, value what works for us, and draw a personal career path. We can’t read our way into the future, but the winners do have something to say, something to shape our character, and something to confirm our values. Leaders-in-the-making should read regularly.

The internet has made leadership scholarship readily accessible in Forbes, Fortune, Fast Company, Medium, and many other channels. But, for those who want a library of best leadership books, this library of the best books on leadership you will enjoy and treasure. I have listed them alphabetically by the authors’ last names.

Forgive my boasting, however, my friends below are all brilliant, and they need not be ranked. Stay tuned for future lists as well.

1) Grace: A Leader’s Guide to a Better Us By John Baldoni

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John’s insights are genuine, and his heart is pure. When you read his book, you will see his true intentions and purpose-driven life shine through.

A Global Gurus Top 30 Leadership Expert listed among Inc.’s Top 50 Leadership Experts and Top 100 Leadership Speakers, John has authored 14 books on organizational leadership. A graduate of Georgetown University and the University of Michigan, John advocates leading upwards and modeling leadership behaviors,

If you are familiar with his Moxie (2014) or Lead Your Boss (2009), you’ll find a different read in Grace (2019). It blends stories of individual heroes with those of noted thought leaders. It recommends using the gift of spiritual grace to make positive changes bettering yourself and those around you. Grace becomes the currency of empowering relationships built on respect, empathy, and compassion. The book is a guide to leading with Generosity, Respect, Action, Compassion, and Energy.

Publisher- Indigo River Publishing

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2) Design the Life You Love: A Step-by-Step Guide to Building a Meaningful Future By Ayse Birsel

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Ayse will surprise you. Her humility with such rich experiences is more than evident. She is foremost a designer with work in the permanent collections at the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum and MOMA. Ayse holds several awards in design including the IDEA Gold Award, ID Magazine Excellence Award, and Athena Award for Excellence in Furniture Design from RISD. But she’s also one of Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative Minds in Business.

Design the Life You Love is a sketchy (full pun intended) graphic book of lessons and aphorisms about drawing a picture of the world you want to be. Light and joyful graphics encourage you to use pencil and paper to deconstruct and reconstruct the realities surrounding you with a holistic, collaborative, and empathetic mind. It’s just fun to follow her process rapidly through its 265 pages. (You won’t enjoy the same experience with a digital reader.)

Publisher-Ten Speed Press.

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3) Leading With Emotional Courage: How to Have Hard Conversations, Create Accountability, And Inspire Action On Your Most Important Work By Peter Bregman

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A graduate of Princeton with an MBA from Columbia Business School, Peter is a prolific writer, speaker, and coach with top-shelf corporations. His work online and on-ground demonstrates the deep understanding of organizations and people that drives his passion for bringing their interests together.

Peter’s 18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction, and Get the Right Things Done (2012) remains a bestseller, but this year’s Leading with Emotional Courage (2019) emphasizes our need to develop the emotional courage necessary to build the courage to act. Leading with Emotional Courage is a practical, how-to guide to closing the gap between leadership theory and behavior. In chapters no longer than Bregman’s podcasts, the book offers practical steps to build skills.

Publisher- John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

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4)The Charisma Edge: A How-to Guide For Turning On Your Leadership Power By Cynthia Burham.

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With years of acclaim and experience as an executive and leadership development coach, Cynthia has specialized in bringing her own charisma to the field of leadership development.  With degrees from UC Santa Barbara and UCLA’s Anderson School of Management, Cynthia teaches the secret to become charismatic is to feel, act, and look like you are.

The Charisma Edge (2011) offers nine basic areas readers can develop to embolden their executive presence and make a compelling and powerful connection with those around you. It’s partly about bearing and dress, but it also means developing comfortable gestures, handshakes, voice, and other exercises perceived as charismatic.

Publisher- CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.

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5) Reinventing You: Define Your Brand, Imagine Your Future By Dorie Clark.

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Thinkers50 named Dorie among its Top 50 Business Thinkers in the World, and the Marshall Goldsmith Coaching Leading Global Coaches Awards listed her #1 Communication Coach in the World. A graduate of Smith College and Harvard Divinity School, Dorie is on the graduate business school faculties art Columbia and Duke.

Author of Stand-out (2015) and Entrepreneurial You (2017), Dorie published Reinventing You (2013) now available with a new preface (2017). This step-by-step guide leads to thinking big about your career goals with a focus on your unique strengths. Reinventing You is a master class in self-branding to actualize your positive future.

Publisher – Penguin Publishing.

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6) The High Potential’s Advantage: Get Noticed, Impress Your Bosses, and Become a Top Leader By Jay A. Conger.

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Jay is foremost a teacher — the Henry Kravis Chaired Professor of Leadership Studies at Claremont McKenna College and the director of board relations and a member of the Kravis Leadership Institute. He holds a Master’s degree from Virginia University and his doctorate from Harvard Business School. And, he has served as a professor on the faculty at the London Business School, USC, and McGill.

Working together on The High Potential’s Advantage (2018), they have identified five X-factors that identify high potential talents: situation sensing, talent accelerating, career piloting, complexity translating, and catalytic learning. You’ll need to read more to “get noticed, impress your bosses, and become a top leader.”

Publisher – Harvard Business Review Press.

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7)  Lee’s 3 Habits: A Handbook for Stronger Relationships and Greater Happiness By Paul L. Corona.

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A graduate of Michigan State University, Paul has an MBA from The University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business, and a doctorate from Indiana State University: Bloomington. A Marshall Goldsmith Stakeholder Coach, Paul has taught at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management since 2014.

Lee’s 3 Habits (2019) is a short book cleverly illustrated by Eddie Rosas is supplemented by a video and workshop. His habits of work on some assumptions: (1) True happiness if not about fame and fortune; (2) Good relationships keep us happier, healthier, and living longer; and (3) Good relationships take hard work. To make this work, you should ask, listen, and give.

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8) Get Big Things Done: The Power of Connectional Intelligence By Erica Dhawan and Saj-nicole A. Jon.

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Erica boasts graduate degrees from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, MIT Sloan School of Management, and The Wharton School. In 2016, she was listed on the Thinkers50 list for the emerging management thinkers around the world likely to shape the future of business, management, and strategy and named as the “Oprah of Management Ideas.” A world-renowned speaker and writer, she is an expert on collaboration and connected intelligence.

Saj-nicole Joni, Ph.D., is a business strategist and confidential advisor to CEOs working with top leaders to solve their hardest strategic challenges, delivering results needed now, and creating far-reaching future impact. A global keynote speaker, Dr. Joni is the author of several books.

Get Big Things Done: The Power of Connectional Intelligence (2015) fittingly joins these leading authorities to offer lessons in how the great leaders cultivate new sources of talent and inspiration to enable and sustain change. Their approach avoids case studies to favor readable and relevant stories.

Publisher- St. Martin’s Press.

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9) The Best Team Wins: The New Science of High Performance By Chester Elton.

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Chester is coauthor of The Best Team Wins, The Carrot Principle, and All In, a popular lecturer, and an influential voice in global workplace trends.

In the leadership book, The Best Teams Wins, Chester Elton offers practical ways to address the real challenges today’s managers are facing, such as the rise of the Millennials, the increasing speed of change, the growing number of global and virtual teams, and the friction created by working cross-functionally.

Publisher- Simon and Schuster.

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10) Insight:The Surprising Truth About How Others See Us, How We See Ourselves, and Why the Answers Matter More Than We Think By Tasha Eurich.

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With a Phi Beta Kappa key and Magna Cum Laude experience at Middlebury College, Tasha pursued her MS and Ph.D. at Colorado State University. In 2019, she ranked among the top 30 emerging management thinkers and Thinkers50 top 50 in leadership coaching. And, in 2017, she was chosen as one of Marshall Goldsmith Top 100 Coaches.

Insight (2018) develops Dr. Eurich’s long-term focus on self-awareness. She contends individuals don’t understand how others perceive them, let alone recognize themselves as clearly as they should. The book explores the science behind understanding that self-awareness is a skill you can develop into high performance, smart choices, and long-lasting relationships.

Publisher- Currency.

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11) Aligned: Connecting Your True Self with the Leader You’re Meant to Be By Hortense Le Gentil.

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Hortense is a Marshall Goldsmith Stakeholder Coach, Executive Coach at Harvard Business School, and a member of the Marshall Goldsmith 100 Coaches. She coachers and supports C-suite executives to align their values and performance.

In Aligned (2019), Le Gentil contends alignment is “the congruence of who you are and what you think, feel, and love on a fundamental level with what you do, say and envision for your future. It’s about becoming more of yourself—and transcending the limits you once thought were holding you back.”

Publisher- Page Two.

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12) Conversational Intelligence: How Great Leaders Build Trust and Get Extraordinary Results By Judith E. Glaser.

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A well-known consultant, speaker, and author, Judith E. Glaser earned degrees at Temple University and Drexel University. She was named as one of Leadership Excellence’s Top 20 Thought Leaders of Leadership and Culture (2012). Judith has lectured at the Wharton School and Harvard Business School.

Conversational Intelligence (2016) makes the case for understanding how conversation stimulates the brain. She recommends learning what conversations promote empathy, integrity, and trust. In her words, “Conversational Intelligence gives us the power to express our inner thoughts and feelings to one another in ways that can strengthen relationships and success.”

Publisher- Routledge Press.

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13) Coaching for Leadership: Writings on Leadership from the World’s Greatest Coaches By Marshall Goldsmith, Laurence S. Lyons, and Sarah McArthur.

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The backgrounds on Marshall Goldsmith and Sarak McArthur were presented earlier.

Laurence S. Lyons holds a Ph.D. in organizational analysis and an MSc in management from Brunel University. He is an associate faculty at Henley Management College, Oxfordshire, England, where he is Director of Research of the Future Work Forum. Dr. Lyons is a member of the Peter F. Drucker Thought Leaders’ Forum and a member of the International Advisory Committee of the Worldwide Association of Business Coaches WABC.

This third edition of Coaching for Leadership (2012) is a monumental work showing how high-potential coaches should become “discriminating eclectics” with a talent to select and weave the best threads and disciplines into a working fabric. This is a book to save for constant referral.

Publisher – Pfeiffer.

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14) Restore Yourself: The Antidote for Professional Exhaustion By Edy Greenblatt.

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Edy Greenblatt’s Harvard doctoral dissertation “helped define what employees in 24/7 workplaces need to remain productive, satisfied and resilient generated theories, interventions and best practices on resilience, work/life balance, emotional labor, total institutions, workforce needs and motivation in all-inclusive vacation villages.” One of the Marshall Goldsmith #100 Coaches, Dr. Greenblatt is a transformational coach-educator, resilience pioneer, integration visionary, and entrepreneur.

Restore Yourself: The Antidote for Professional Exhaustion (2009) was the winner of the 2009 Indie Book Award for Best Careers Book, and declared a top 10 Business and Health & Wellness Book of the Year. Edy contends “If you know how to successfully increase your personal resources [physical, cognitive, and psychological energies] and then do so, you will have more available energy to mobilize in the service of those things more important to you.”

Publisher- Execu-Care Books.

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15) How To Develop the Authentic Leader in You®: Integrating the 7 Dimensions of Leadership Intelligence® By Nicole M Heimann.

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Nicole M. Heimann is the biographer for the documentary on Marshall Goldsmith and holds multiple accomplishments as a Certified Marshall Goldsmith Stakeholder Centered Team Coach.

How To Develop the Authentic Leader in You® (2018) recommends finding a personal authentic location from which you can integrate seven dimensions of leadership intelligence. Ms. Heimann writes, “Wisdom is the part of you that integrates the many different dimensions that make you who you are, so that a holistic view can emerge.”

Publisher – Books on Demand.

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16) How Women Rise: By Sally Helgesen and Marshall Goldsmith.

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Sally Hegelsen, a Hunter College alum, is the world’s leading consultant and speaker helping women reach their potential. She knows the unique gifts can and do contribute. With Dr. Marshall Goldsmith, she has drawn on respective experiences and insights to examine 12 habits common that undercut the quest for career potential and success.

Acknowledging women face more barriers than men, How Women Rise (2018) examines the negative habits that only complicate their progress. But it ends with several positive chapters on how to rise, suggesting, for instance, that you can’t always count on behaviors that worked earlier.

PublisherHachette Books.

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17) Work is Love  Made Visible: A Collection of Essays About the Power of Finding Your Purpose From the World’s Greatest Thought Leaders By Frances Hesselbein, Marshall Goldsmith, and Sarah McArthur.

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Frances Hesselbein has received the U.S. Medal of Freedom, over 30 honorary degrees, and is listed among Fortune’s World’s 50 Greatest Leaders. She has always led with a “mission-focused, values-based, and demographics-driven” effort.

Marshall Goldsmith remains a leading world authority on leadership change behavior. Harvard’s Institute of Coaching honored him with its first Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr. Goldsmith is a two-time winner of Thinkers50 #1 Leadership Thinker in the World, the Word’s #1 Executive Coach, and Top Ten Business Thinkers. The author of 35+ books, he is a fellow in the National Academy of Human Resources and winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award in Teaching Award from the Institute for Management Studies.

Sarah McArthur is a writer, editor, and coach. As a publishing leader, she has written or co-authored countless books and auditors, often with the top thought leaders in the field. Sarah is COO of Marshall Goldsmith, Inc. where she has changed the quality of leadership publishing over two decades following a B.A. from the University of Oregon and Masters in Publishing from George Washington University.

These three masterful thought leaders have put together a collection of 31 essays by prominent thinkers in Work is Love Made Visible (2018). Frances Hesselbein introduced Marshall Goldsmith and Sarah McArthur to Peter F. Drucker’s lesson: “I don’t predict. I just look out the window and see what’s visible not yet seen.” The challenge has no answer, of course, but it remains an incomparable thought provoker.

Publisher – John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

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18) American Icon: Alan Mullaly and the Fight to Save Ford Motor Company By Bryce G. Hoffman.

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Bryce G. Hoffman was educated at the University of Foreign Military and Cultural Studies, California State University: East Bay, and San Francisco State University. A licensed Red Team leader, Bryce is a leading lecturer and author.

American Icon: Alan Mullaly and the Fight to Save Ford Motor Company (2012) is the only book in this library focused on a single business leader. Hoffman brings an insider’s perspective to Mullaly’s success in turning around both Boeing and Ford. He would rebuild, restructure, and reinvent Ford despite resistance from employees, markets, and organizational fiefdoms to save Ford following in the midst of The Great Recession.

Publisher – Crown Business Press.

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19) Disrupt Yourself, With a New Introduction: Master Relentless Change and Speed Up Your Learning Curve by Whitney Johnson.

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Whitney Johnson is an expert on helping high potential organizations develop high potential individuals. Ranked among Thinkers50 finalists in Leadership, #1 Talent Coach, #3 on the Global Gurus’ list of Top 30 Organizational Culture Professionals in 2018, she holds even more honors. Johnson was an Institutional Investor–ranked equity research analyst for eight consecutive years, rated by Starmine as a superior stock-picker. And, she is an acclaimed, much-in-demand writer and speaker on issues of disruption.

In Disrupt Yourself (2019), a fresh look at her 2015 edition, Ms. Johnson makes her case. That is, “The whole point of disruption is to move up the y-axis over the x-axis of time. When you disrupt yourself, you are making a conscious decision to leave a comfortable spot and move down the y-axis, on the premise that the slope of your next curve will be even steeper, leading to another period of rapid growth and success.”

Publisher- Harvard Business Review Press.

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20) Physician Leadership: The Rx For Healthcare Transformation By Mo Kasti.

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Mo Kasti’s profile makes a point of saying he is a husband, father, and average soccer player — a refreshing dash of modesty in a man so accomplished. Educated in engineering at the University of Beirut and in hospital administration at Western Case University, he ventures repeatedly into the leadership challenges among the culture informed by physicians.

Mr. Kasti values the strengths and perspectives of physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants as crucial to any transformational change. He also respects the challenges their respective cultural roles present. In Physician Leadership: the Rx for healthcare transformation (2015), he offers paths to integrate Purpose, Strategy, Self, People, and Results.

I also recommend Mo’s book, Beyond Physician Engagement  – They are both guides for healthcare leadership to transformational healthcare. Even though they are about healthcare, the leadership models and lessons are universal.

Publisher – Halo Publishing International.

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21) Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go: Career Conversations Organizations Need and Employees Want By Beverly Kaye and Julie Winkle Giulioni.

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Beverly Kaye is a leading writer and thought leader deserving her recent honor with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Talent Development. She has parlayed an MA in Education at the George Washington University and a doctorate from UCLA into leadership in training and consulting. Her many books and educational materials are valuable quick reads in employee development, engagement and retention.

Julie Winkle Giulioni studied at Claremont McKenna College, Cal State-Fullerton, and the University of Michigan before launching her career in leadership consulting. One of Inc. magazine’s top 100 leadership speakers, she consults, teaches, speaks, and writes about career development.

In Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go (2019), they have collaborated on a fresh edition of Beverly Kaye’s classic advice on employee engagement and retention. They have added a new perspective from today’s more flexible work environment and culture. But they confirm that career development is the single most powerful tool managers have for driving retention, engagement, productivity, and results.

Publisher – Berrett-Koehler Publishers.

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22) Leaderology: “This book shares the best lessons in modern management!” By Oleg Konovalov.

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Oleg Konovalov is a globally-recognized thought leader, international speaker, and consultant to Fortune 500 companies. He holds a DBA in macroeconomics from Durham University and a DBA in Business from Durham University Business School. He has been recognized by Thinkers50 and Marshall Goldsmith’s 100 Coaches.

In his Foreword to Leaderology (2012), John Spence wrote that he found Konovalov’s insights comparable in power to those of Peter F. Drucker. Dr. Konovalov’s purpose is driven by his conviction that “Too much effort is needed to get good performance from employees if they are disconnected and do not complement each other. It is no wonder the best people are leaving.”

Publisher – WildBlue Press.

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23) From Values to Action: The Four Principles of Values-Based Leadership By Harry M. Kraemer.

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Harry M. Kraemer, Jr. is a professor of management and strategy at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, where he teaches in the MBA and Executive MBA programs. Kraemer is the former chairman and chief executive officer of Baxter International Inc., the multi-billion-dollar global healthcare company, placing him among the most experienced executives on this list.

From Values to Action (2011) is one of a series of titles by Mr. Kraemer. He writes about how leaders influence others, but values-based leaders take things to the next level. Using words, actions, and modeling behaviors, they inspire and motivate others to seek what matters most. His latest book, Your 168: Finding Purpose and Satisfaction in a Values-Based Life, is his third book and a nice extension from the first two around values-based leadership and values-based organization.

Publisher – Jossey-Bass.

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24) Seeing Around Corners: How to Spot Inflection Points in Business Before They Happen By Rita McGrath.

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Currently Professor of Strategy at Columbia Business School, Rita McGrath is an honored graduate of Barnard College, Columbia University, and The Wharton School at The University of Pennsylvania. Dr. McGrath has used that education to teach, lecture, and coach. She has been ranked #1 for strategy by Thinkers50 while writing several books and contributing regularly to Harvard Business Review.

With a foreword by Clayton Christenson, Seeing Around Corners (2019) presents a methodology for recognizing those inflection points that make a difference to an organization’s future. Those inflection points have “the power to change the very assumptions on which organizations were founded…new, entrepreneurial opportunities — and result in potentially devastating consequences for those still operating under the old model or assumptions.”

Publisher – Houghton-Mifflin Press.

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25) Labyrinth: The Art of Decision-Making By Pawel Motyl.

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Educated at the Uniwersytet Ekonomiczny w Krakow, Jagiellonian University, and the Singularity University, Pawel Motyl is a Marshall Goldsmith coach and certified Stakeholder-Centered Coach. He has been CEO of the ICAN Institute, publisher of the Polish language Harvard Business Review. And, he continues as a leading leadership expert to European organizations.

Labyrinth (2019) is a smart and engrossing read for anyone troubled and challenged by decision-making. Pawel Motyl weaves a narrative covering Spanish novelists, American film producers, global corporate leaders, and more to present a world full of “black swan” events, “unpleasant surprises and events that we cannot predict from prior experience.” He hopes Labyrinth can provide some decision-making options in the face of these new realities.

Publisher – Page Two.

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26) Co-Create: How Your Business Will Profit from Innovative and Strategic Collaboration By David Nour.

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After graduating from Georgia State, David Nour completed his Executive MBA at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School. A Member of the Marshall Goldsmith 100 Coaches program, David is a prominent writer and keynote speaker.

Co-create (2019) continues his exploration of relationship economics® holding that co-creation leads to Market Gravity™, “a force that attracts stakeholders to your business because they recognize that many others have also united their interests with yours.”  Nour’s unique approach quantifies the attraction and connection.

Publisher – St. Martin’s Press.

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27) Success Built to Last: Creating a Life that Matters By Jerry Porras, Stewart Emery, and Mark Thomson.

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Jerry Porras is the Lane Professor of Organizational Behavior, Emeritus, at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Dr. Porras earned his MBA at Cornell University and his Ph.D. from UCLA. At Stanford since 1972, he has received the Brilliante Award from the National Society of Hispanic MBAs, the Silver Apple Award from the Stanford Business School Alumni Association, and the Kanter Medal from the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology. Jerry has authored many books and journal articles on organization leadership issues.

Stewart Emery is an entrepreneur and executive coach. One of the fathers of the Human Potential Movement, he is a visiting professor at the John F. Kennedy School of Management and has lead executive teams and organizations through Vision-Values-Strategy initiatives.

Mark C. Thompson completed Master’s degrees at both Stanford and Golden Gaye Universities before pursuing a Ph.D. at Mount Mary University and another at John F. Kennedy University. He has received the World’s #1 CEO Coach/Thinkers50 Goldsmith Awards and lists among the 30 Global Gurus.

Built to Last offers interviews with 300 successful people, “builders” like Jimmy Carter, Steve Jobs, Nelson Mandela, Jack Welch.  t“It’s dangerous not to do what you love. The harsh truth is that if you don’t love what you’re doing, you’ll lose to someone who does!”

Publisher – FT Press.

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28) Be True: A Personal Guide to Becoming Your Most Authentic Self By Julie Rosenberg, MD.

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Dr. Julie Rosenberg attended the Southern Methodist’s Cox Business School before completing her doctoral studies at the University of Missouri School of Medicine. The Global Asset Leader on oncology and biosimilars at Pfizer, she is also a Certified Marshall Goldsmith Stakeholder Coach.

In Be True (2019), Dr. Rosenberg presents a workbook sending readers on a journey towards their true selves with different exercises and thoughtful questions. She helps you focus, resilience, presence, self-awareness, and overall well-being. I also recommend Julie’s book, Beyond the Mat which provides great advice and practices for achieving work/life balance, building resilience, cultivating compassion, and working effectively with others.

Publisher – Enlightened Leadership Publishing.

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29) The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way You Lead Forever By Michael Bungay Stanier.

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Michael Bungay Stanier is a member of the Marshall Goldsmith Original Cohort of 25. With a law degree from The Australian National University and an MPhil degree as a Rhodes Scholar at Cambridge University, Michael founded and leads Toronto-based Box of Crayons.

The Coaching Habit (2015) is smart, funny, and different. It addresses those who are not receiving or providing good coaching. He frames his case around seven essential  questions, each with “the potential to transform your weekly check-in on-to-ones, your team meetings, your sales meetings, and (particularly important) those non-meeting moments when you just bump into someone between scheduled events.” Stanier answers his own questions with wit and irreverence.

Publisher – Page Two.

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30) Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter By Liz Wiseman.

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After completing a Master’s degree in Organizational Behavior at Brigham Young University, Liz Wiseman studies executive coaching at The Wharton School. She is a frequent guest lecturer at BYU and Stanford University, a best-selling author, and heavily-experienced executive coach to Fortune 500 leaders.

This is a revised and updated treatment of Multipliers (2017) addresses “the idea killers, the energy sappers, the diminishers of talent and commitment” with the intelligence that amplifies the talents, skills, and capabilities of the people around us. “Multipliers” inspire others to stretch, deliver, and excel.

Publisher –  Harper Business Press.

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31) B State: A New Roadmap for Bold Leadership, Brave Culture, and Breakthrough Results By Mark Samuel.

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Mark Samuels has a Masters Degree in Applied Psychology from the University of Santa Monica, in Santa Monica, and is also the author of the acclaimed “Creating the Accountable Organization” and his latest book, “Making Yourself Indispensable: The Power of Personal Accountability.”

B State provides a clear roadmap from point A to point B to rapidly achieve measurable, breakthrough results. It’s about a true transformation that removes old mindsets and silos, while replacing inefficient behaviors with desired habits to quickly create the highest performing culture for groundbreaking business outcomes.

Pulisher- Greenleaf Book Publishing

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32) Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us By Daniel Pink.


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The international best-selling author, Daniel Pink was a Phi Beta Kappa and Truman Scholar at Northwestern University and holds a law degree from Yale. With four New York Times top-selling books under his belt, Daniel has also been a TV host, commentator, and speechwriter for Al Gore.

Drive (2011) draws on four decades of research on motivation to assert the secret to high performance and satisfaction at work is the deeply held human need to direct our lives, to learn and create new things, and to do better by ourselves and our world. Drive promotes the value of autonomy, mastery, and purpose with practical directions on how to convert them into action.

Publisher – Riverhead Books.

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33) In Great Company: How to Spark Peak Performance by Creating an Emotionally Connected Workplace By Louis Carter

Image of best books on leadership In Great Company by Louis Carter.

No list can be complete without my own book, right? For over 20 years, I’ve devoted my life to the study, teaching, and practice of organizational psychology and leadership development. I have seen what works and what doesn’t in our world’s best organizations.

In my book, In Great Company, I bring you my life long research on how to create a culture where every leader and employee thrives and succeeds. Everyone needs a framework and culture that supports their development, creativity, and goals achievement. My research shows that when leaders create a psychologically safe, outcomes oriented culture, great things happen. When everyone becomes a leader of an emotionally connected culture, we all win.

Publisher – McGraw Hill.

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