Garthwait Leadership Center
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Top Leadership Books

 

Top Leadership books

 

True NorthTop Leadership Book #5:
True North: Discover Your Authentic Leadership
by Bill George with Peter Sims

This simple yet profound read shows how anyone who follows their internal compass can become an authentic leader. Through personal anecdotes from some of the world’s most recognized leaders, the author explains how knowing your authentic self, understanding your motivations, building your support team and staying grounded on all aspect of your life can help define your values and leadership principles. At the GLC, self-awareness is one of the core competencies that we promote and serves as a foundation for any leader’s success. Choose this book to learn how to become your true authentic self.


Strengths Based LeadershipTop Leadership Book #4:
Strengths Based Leadership: Great Leaders, Teams, and Why People Follow
by Tom Rath and Barry Conchie

This practical and inspirational read explores decades of research by Gallup about the keys to be a more effective leader. What they found is that effective leaders know their strengths, invest in the strengths of others, engage different strengths in teams, and meet the needs of their followers. In addition to interesting stories of successful leaders, the book provides practical resources for developing personal strengths and how to engage the talents of others. At the GLC, engaging difference is one of our core competencies. Read this book to learn how to maximize your team by building upon their strengths. You even get a free code to take Gallup’s StrengthFinder assessment!

Primal LeadershipTop Leadership Book #3:
Primal Leadership: Realizing the Power of Emotional Intelligence
by D.Goleman, A.McKee, R. E. Boyatzis

This intelligent read argues that the primary and most important task of leadership is being emotionally intelligent (EI). Based upon their research, the authors provide insight into four domains of EI that when practiced effectively, create resonance between leaders and followers. The authors not only provide information on the neuroanatomical aspects of leadership, but they also suggest ways for emotionally intelligent leaders to apply these strategies with others. At the GLC, collaboration is one of our core competencies, and a significant aspect of EI is to be able to practice empathy for others and manage relationships. Select this book to learn how to inspire others and enable them to work together by realizing the power of leadership through the emotions.

The Power of HabitTop Leadership Book #2:
The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

by Charles Duhigg

This well-written book explains how the human mind works to form habits. From the stand point of the individual, the organization, and the society, the author explains the science behind habits and the incredible ease at which habits can be implemented and transformed. The author argues that by changing behavior patterns and developing positive habits that become second nature, we all have the potential to be more effective leaders. At the GLC, vision and strategy is one of our core competencies. This concept relates greatly to the author’s strategies of how to make personal change. Get this book to gain a whole new understanding of the self and the abilities of the human brain. The first step comes from creating positive habits in everyday life.

 

Leadership ChallengeTop Leadership Book #1:
The Leadership Challenge: How to Make Extraordinary Things Happen in Organizations

by James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner

This inspirational leadership classic celebrated its 25th year anniversary in 2012 and continues to be one of the most popular reads in the field. After conducting in depth research across the globe for decades, the authors have concluded that there are five exemplary practices that all aspiring leaders should apply: model the way, inspire a shared vision, challenge the process, enable others to act, and encourage the heart. This entertaining and easy-to-read book presents numerous case studies that showcase positive behaviors that transform organizations for the better. At the GLC, influence is one of the core competencies that we embrace and the authors of this book conclude how important it is for leaders to positively influence those around them. Learning and development are also key aspects to the authors’ philosophy and that’s why any student of leadership needs to read this book!



 
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