What Reading (Listening) Do You Recommend for a Leadership Program?

glassesMy library has a leadership program and we were asked to recommend

  • books,
  • journals
  • articles
  • blogs
  • blogposts
  • podcasts
  • whatever

with an annotation preferably, on any topic relevant to leadership, management, customers service or other topic we think would be helpful to participants.  I went through my favorites of the last couple of years and came up with these:

What do you recommend?


  1. Lindy B · ·

    A classic: Kouzes and Posner’s The Leadership Challenge. It’s a timeless book on leadership (in my humble opinion!) :)


  2. I haven’t read that one, I’m putting it on my list right now.


  3. some great suggestions from Twitter, just to have everything together

    The No Complaining Rule: Positive Ways to Deal with Negativity at Work

    Phlip Zimbardo on the nature of evil TED talk http://tinyurl.com/aw8zez

    Emporers of Chocolate http://tinyurl.com/ml5rgb Amazing contrast in two different styles of highly successful entrepreneurs

    True North by Bill George. It’s not your typical leadership gobbledy goop. http://www.truenorthleaders.com/


  4. a good perspective:
    Setting the Table: The Transforming Power of Hospitality in Business
    by Danny Meyer


  5. thanks! I’ve added this to my personal to-read list!


  6. a few more from Twitter

    pausch’s “the last lecture” although not Lib based general lessons can be learned. At “R u a tigger or an eeyore?”

    also “what to say to a porcupine” by gallagher for customer service – lots of anecdotes which can be tweaked for libs


  7. suzi w. · ·

    From Good to Great. It’s a leadership book disguised as a business book. I listen to it on audio at least 1x a year. Jim Collins rocks!!


  8. Patti O · ·

    You Don’t Need a Title to Be a Leader by Mark Sanborn

    Leading with Soul: An Uncommon Journey of Spirit by Lee G Bolman

    The textbook for our library leadership course was Reframing Organizations by Bolman & Deal


  9. AmandaClay · ·

    @librarianbyday Nice leadership list! How about “Managing Your Boss” from HBR; Carneigies’ How to Win Friends; & Godin’s Tribes…


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