There are lots of great leadership books on my shelves… And there are five easy-to-read classics that I regularly give coaching clients.
- What Got You Here Won’t Get You There: How Successful People Become Even More Successful! by Marshall Goldsmith. I use this book to help clients get the most from 360 Feedback. It raises the ‘paradox of success’ – the behavior that helped you succeed may also bring you down. Goldsmith outlines 20 bad workplace habits of leaders, and a seven-step process to banish these habits. Great stuff!
- How to Say It For Women by Phyllis MindellEdD. Written for women and applicable for men too, it’s an accessible guide to the language problems that block women in business.The book is full of easy to apply lessons and tools for communicating with confidence and power using the language of success.
- The One Minute Manager Meets the Monkey by Kenneth H Blanchard et al. The ‘monkey’ refers the responsibilities many managers accept that rightfully belong to their staff. The book aims for a balance between supervision and delegation to reduce tension and improve productivity. One client I have just given this to plan to put a monkey on her shelf to remind her not to accept other people’s monkeys!
- Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office: 101 Unconscious Mistakes Women Make that Sabotage Their Careers by Lois P Frankel. Sometimes my smart female clients smother their leadership brilliance with little girl stuff. Their unconscious mannerisms, language and assumptions are career damaging. This book is easy to read, either from cover to cover, or to zero in on your current challenge. With a quick scribble on the cover, this book also became a valuable resource for a male client who had unwittingly embraced some of these limiting behaviours!
- Fierce Conversations: Achieving Success at Work and in Life, One Conversation at a Time by Susan Scott. One of my favourite quotes from this book is ‘While no single conversation is guaranteed to transform a company, a relationship or a life, any single conversation can.’ This book outlines seven principles of conversation, including the very wise ‘Let silence do the heavy lifting’. A guide for getting honest and real in your communication.
What books do you frequently refer others to? I would welcome your recommendations below.
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