Recently, I was asked if I would BLOG about my favorite books on leadership. I recommend the following five books (in no particular order). There are more and when I get the opportunity I will post them for you.
• Servant Leadership: The World’s Most Powerful Leadership Principal by Jim Hunter. I like Hunter a lot. He’s the first servant leadership author and speaker that I know of who dispels the myths associated with servant leadership. People are dealing with real issues in the workplace and Hunter addresses them and their bad bosses. He doesn’t kuumba like many of the people in our profession.
• The Servant by Jim Hunter. This is a fictional tale that really hammers home on one man’s journey toward servant leadership.
• Wooden on Leadership by John Wooden. If you’ve attended anyone of my workshops, you know that I am a huge sports fan. I love a great leadership book written by a coach. This is the best one!
• Now, Discover Your Strengths by Marcus Buckingham. With self-awareness being the most important quality of a servant leader, Buckingham forces the reader to focus on what he/she does well.
• Emergenetics: Tap into the New Science of Success by Dr. Geil Browning. A person cannot be effective leader if he/she doesn’t know who he/she is. I highly recommend this book but it probably won’t make much sense to you unless you’ve been through the training.