Resources / Great Books

?Organisational development / Leadership

Arbinger Institute

 

Leadership and Self-deception – Getting out of the box
"No matter what we are doing on the outside, people respond primarily to how we're feeling about them on the inside." A story about how most organizational problems result from self-deception.

Richard Barrett

 

The new leadership PARADIGM
 (2010)
Leading self, leading others, leading an organization, leading in society.

Kevin Cashman

 

Leadership from the Inside Out – Becoming a Leader for Life
Captures the essence of authentic leadership. Gives tools for building personal mastery as well as mastery in purpose, change, being, balance, and leading as a whole person.

Tom Cummings
Jim Keen

 

Leadership Landscapes
Draws on Tom's experience of delivering custom designed leadership development initiatives for corporate clients as well as coaching leadership teams.

Jim Collins

 

Good to Great
Excellent book describing how a good company can become a great company. Six concepts are the heart of Good To Great:

1. Level 5 Leadership
2. First Who... Then What
3. Confront the Brutal Facts

4. The Hedgehog Concept
5. A Culture of Discipline
6. Technology Accelerators

Stephen R.Covey

 

7 Habits of Highly Effective People
This excellent book has influenced millions of people who want personal and professional change. Covey presents a holistic approach that defines a way of life. It is a step-by-step framework.

Stephen R.Covey

 

The 8th Habit - From effectiveness to greatness
In this new book Covey focuses on what inspires the heart and at the same time gets business done. It is an excellent book on how to be a truly inspiring leader integrating heart, mind, spirit, and body.

Stephen M. R. Covey

 

The Speed of Trust
The son of Stephen R. Covey has written this book which illuminates the connection between credibility and productivity convincing the reader that trust is the shortest route to results.

Daniel Goleman
Richard E. Boyatzis
Annie McKee

 

Primal Leadership - Learning to Lead with Emotional Intelligence
 

William Isaacs

 

Dialogue, the Art of Thinking Together
Bill Isaacs from MIT Sloan School of Management describes how we can create an open and constructive dialogue in organizations.

Jon R. Katzenbach
Douglas K. Smith

 

The Wisdom of Teams
A classic and successful team book. The message is that team performance result from adherence to a basic discipline by all team members. There is also a workbook: The Discipline of Teams

Leander Kahney

 

Inside Steve's brain
Business lessons from Steve Jobs.

Fred Kofman

 

Conscious Business - How to build value through value
A very inspiring business book about unconditional responsibility, integrity, humility, authentic communication, etc.

Joseph Jaworski

 

Synchronicity - The inner path of leadership
Another of my real favourite books. Synchronicity is Jaworski's journey to an understanding of the deep issues of leadership and how we can collectively shape our future.

Patrick Lencioni

 

The Five Dysfunctions of A Team
A leadership fable about a new CEO and how she successfully handles the dysfunctions of her team. Excellent book about team management. Insightful and thought-provoking.

Daniel H. Pink

 

Drive - The truth about what motivates us
Autonomy, Mastery, and Purpose.

C. Otto Scharmer

 

Theory U - Leading From the Future As It Emerges
Open mind, open heart, open will. Theory U is an amazing process for working with organizations.

Edgar H. Shein

 

The Corporate Culture - Survival Guide
Edgar H. Shein is an authority working with corporate cultures. Excellent models and descriptions.

Peter M. Senge
C. Otto Scharmer
Joseph Jarowski
Betty Sue Flowers

 

Presence
Exploring how profound transformational change arises.

Peter M. Senge

 

The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of the Learning Organization
This book is the first and best book about learning organizations. Senge is an authority. The book is still relevant focusing on the individual as well as the organization. Adding coaching as a tool to Senge's concept can make a learning organization come true.