The following list of notable leadership books has been curated by Jeff Thoren, DVM, PCC, BCC. Books designated with an (*) compliment the AdvanceVET learning agenda and are most highly recommended.
All AdvanceVET participants will receive a complimentary copy of …
- Manifesto for Human(e) Leadership – Six Theses for New Leadership in the Age of Digitalization – By Marcus Raitner
Each AdvanceVET participant is also invited to select an additional book from the list below or one of their own choosing to support them on their leadership development journey.
- A Whole New Mind – From the Information Age to the Conceptual Age
By Daniel H. Pink
- Authentic Conversations – Moving from Manipulation to Truth and Commitment
By Jamie Showkeir & Maren Showkeir
- *Brave New Work – Are You Ready to Reinvent Your Organization?
By Aaron Dignan
- Building Conflict-Competent Teams
By Craig E. Runde & Tim A. Flanagan
- Community – The Structure of Belonging
By Peter Block
- *Dare to Lead – Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts.
By Brene Brown
- *Do Improvise – Less Push. More Pause. Better Results. A New Approach to Work (and Life)
By Robert Poynton
- *Extraordinary Groups – How Ordinary Teams Achieve Amazing Results
By Geoff Bellman & Kathleen Ryan
- Fierce Conversations – Achieving Success at Work & in Life, One Conversation at a Time
By Susan Scott
- Going Horizontal – Creating Non-Hierarchical Organizations One Practice at a Time
By Samantha Slade
- *Humanocracy – Creating Organizations as Amazing as the People Inside Them
By Gary Hamel & Michele Zanini
- Humble Leadership – The Power of Relationships, Openness, and Trust
By Edgar H. Schein & Peter A. Schein
- *Leading with Dignity – How to Create a Culture That Brings Out the Best in People
By Donna Hicks
- Leading with Questions – How Leaders Find the Right Solutions by Knowing What to Ask
By Michael J. Marquardt
- Mindset – The New Psychology of Success. How We Can Learn to Fulfill Our Potential.
By Carol S. Dweck
- Nonviolent Communication – A Language of Life. Life-changing Tools for Healthy Relationships.
By Marshall B. Rosenburg
- Positivity – How to Embrace the Hidden Strength of Positive Emotions, Overcome Negativity, and Thrive
By Barbara L. Fredrickson
- Presence-Based Leadership – Complexity Practices for Clarity, Resilience, and Results That Matter
By Doug Silsbee
- Reinventing Organizations – A Guide to Creating Organizations Inspired by the Next Stage of Human Consciousness
By Frederic Laloux
- Reinventing Organizations – An Illustrated Invitation to Join the Conversation on Next-Stage Organizations
By Frederic Laloux
- *Search Inside Yourself – The Unexpected Path to Achieving Success, Happiness (and World Peace)
By Chade-Meng Tan
- The Art of Possibility – Transforming Professional and Personal Life
By Rosamund Stone Zander & Ben Zander
- *The Coaching Habit – Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way You Lead Forever
By Michael Bungay Stanier
- The Truth About Leadership – The No-Fads, Heart-of-the-Matter Facts You Need to Know
By James M. Kouzes & Barry Z. Posner
- Turn the Ship Around! – A Story about Turning Followers into Leaders
By L. David Marquet
- What Got You Here Won’t Get You There – How Successful People Become Even More Successful
By Marshall Goldsmith
- Who Do We Choose to Be? – Facing Reality. Claiming Leadership. Restoring Sanity.
By Margaret J. Wheatley
I want ALL the books! I greatly appreciate you providing a fantastic resource for leadership books. I feel that the more access to these types of tools/resources will ensure our growth as leaders and help us create a positive future in this industry. Thanks @jeff_thoren If there was one book from this list that you would want everyone to read, which would it be?
That’s a tough question @mlbrwn656! if I had to pick one, I might go with “Search Inside Yourself.” Since effectively influencing others involves first having a strong sense of self-awareness and well developed emotional intelligence, this book would be a great foundation to build on. If I get to pick two, I’d add “Brave New Work” which paints a picture for how our workplaces need to change to be more relevant and humane.
I appreciate these specific suggestions! Thanks @jeff_thoren
The Art of Possibility really spoke to me. I listened to it as an audiobook and it was read by the authors. Confession time: I have a mental block reading non-fiction! Perhaps it is years of ‘having to read’ for classes. But I digress. The stories told by the authors were engaging and brought home their lessons in a positive manner that brightened my outlook on non-fiction reading and leadership. “What if” was added to my vernacular and way of looking at life.
It’s a great book @shopper8707! Ben and Roz were also featured in a corporate video, Leadership: An Art of Possibility, which you would also likely enjoy. If there is an in-person meeting for AdvanceVET it might be fun to watch the video together as a group.
Thank you for that recommendation. Sounds like a book I would enjoy!