Leadership Books for Your Continued Journey
Through leadership books and other publications that we recommend, you will gain access to practical knowledge and leadership concepts that will extend your learnings from PML. These publications will help inspire you to successfully meet a range of challenges, including personal development, talent management, strategic leadership, team building, and organizational improvement.
Leadership on the Line: Staying Alive through the Dangers of Leading
As one of the hottest topics in organizational life – Leadership, Leadership on the Line maps the important territory of how leadership functions in everyday world. Focusing on the practical and personal side of the actual functioning of leadership, the authors analyze the successes and failures of leaders and offer real-world examples that blend well with their leadership theory. They offer useful strategies leaders can employ, such as building political constituencies, trying to orchestrate the inevitable conflict, and forcing those who cause problems to actually solve the problems.
Good to Great
The findings of the Good to Great study will surprise many readers and shed light on virtually every area of management strategy and practice. It addresses a single question: Can a good company become a great company, and if so, how? Based on a five year research project that compares teams that made a leap to those that did not, Good to Great concludes that greatness is not primarily a function of circumstance, but largely a matter of conscious choice and discipline.
What Happy People Know
Dr. Dan Baker, director of the Life Enhancement Program at Canyon Ranch, has devoted his life to teaching people how to be happy. In What Happy People Know, Dr. Baker uses evidence from the new science of happiness to show us how we can overcome this genetic predisposition toward negative reactions and lead a truly rich, happy, and healthy life. In this insightful book, he offers a new way to look at unhappiness and provides significant and practical nuggets that lead us to the road of happiness.
The Tipping Point
The Tipping Point, whilst applying social psychology to ‘real world’ situations such as marketing, neatly explores the notion of simple cause and effect. It demonstrates how often a seemingly irrelevant or inconsequential influence can have major unforeseen impacts upon the world. The ‘tipping point’ is that magic moment when ideas, trends, and social behaviors cross a critical threshold and ‘take’ causing a tidal wave of far reaching effect.
A must read, the author poses a provocative question in Outliers: why do some people succeed, living remarkably productive and impactful lives, while so many more never reach their potential? Challenging our cherished belief of the “self-made man,” he makes the democratic assertion that superstars don’t arise out of nowhere, propelled by genius and talent: “they are invariably the beneficiaries of hidden advantages and extraordinary opportunities and cultural legacies that allow them to learn and work hard and make sense of the world in ways others cannot.”
Freakonomics is not your typical economics book. The authors maintain that “if morality is how we would like the world to work, then economics represents how it actually does work.” They address a number of questions and use straight-forward analysis to show that conventional wisdom is often a convenient way to think about a problem more than a correct way to think about it. The appeal of Freakonomics lies not in the answers it gives, but in the revelation that answers exist and can be discovered if only we know the right questions to ask.
The Super Supervisor
Written from the employee’s viewpoint, The Super Supervisor is a straight forward book that teaches supervisors the people skills they need to connect with their workers and nurture good will in the workplace. Good, short, home-hitting examples of what people want from their supervisors, teaches supervisors how to win the hearts and minds of their employees and how to tap their full potential.
The Three Signs of a Miserable Job
A page turner, The Three Signs of a Miserable Job unravels the mystery of job satisfaction and tackles employee satisfaction and fulfillment. The author pinpoints the reasons behind and ways around what many consider a constant of the human condition – job dissatisfaction – and presents managers and employees alike with a revolutionary yet simple model for making any job more rewarding and fulfilling.
When Generations Collide
If you work with people from other generations, you need to understand that conflicting perspectives between the generations can generate workplace conflict. This insightful book provides hands-on methods to close the generation gaps. With effective tools to recruit, retain, motivate, and manage each generation, you can now create teamwork, not war, in today’s high-performance workplace, where at any age, productivity is what counts.
Hope for the Flowers
Hope for the Flowers is an inspiring allegory about the realization of one’s true destiny as told through the lives of caterpillars Stripe and Yellow, who struggle to “climb to the top” before understanding that they are meant to fly. The story itself is simple, yet the meaning being conveyed is exceptionally deep and very profound.