| What Great Leaders Do Differently - Some Helpful Reading
Read to lead. There are thousands of books on leadership. Here's
a few that I think are among the best and most helpful for a working
Let me start with one of the most popular books, Leaders
by Warren Bennis and Burt Nanus. It was written in 1985 and there's
a bit too much of the "new leader" and "leaders versus managers"
material for my personal taste. I recommend the book, though, for
the descriptions of effective leaders are work, especially the material
on a symphony conductor.
I think the best and most accessible study out there is The
Leadership Challenge by Kouzes and Posner. It's got lots of
good practical advice and many nuts-and-bolts how-tos.
Howard Gardner is most famous for his theory of multiple intelligences.
He applies that theory in a study of leadership called Leading
Minds: An Anatomy of Leadership. This will give you a very different
take on leadership because it looks at leaders from a psychological,
There are some writers who have produced many good works. Just
about anything by Peter Drucker or John Kotter will help you, but
you may not want to read it all. So here are my favorites.
My Drucker recommendation is The
Effective Executive. It's short and filled with wisdom.
My Kotter recommendation is The
Leadership Factor because I think he does an excellent job of
pulling all of his work together here.
Finally, leadership is really an apprentice trade. We learn to
lead by being led and by watching other leaders at work. That means
that biographies of leaders can be a great learning tool. There's
also one recent book that I think you should buy and dip into.
The book is Lessons
from the Top. It's a series of interviews with fifty top business
leaders. More than anything else this book will give you a way to
examine and compare the thinking of many different and successful
Have a great read!
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