Leadership Books

by Eric Chow

CCO Directors seem to always be in meetings. In a recent meeting we began to discuss the need for good leadership resources and books. Being a group of leaders, I began to hear the thought-gears turning. We started looking for that magical “first” book that would catalyze the life-journey of a leader.

No answer came to mind. Perhaps the book didn’t exist? What now?

Of course my answer came after the meeting so I couldn’t appear smart among my peers. The first leadership book you should pick is – the first leadership book you can get their hands on!

Yes, you have a myriad of options. I suggest that you go down the hall to the trusted leader/reader in your office and ask for a book they would recommend. Choose the title that most appeals to you and start reading. Or grab the first one that they’re willing to lend to you.

Leaders are readers. As we continue to read and learn, we’ll pick up books that are winners and books that are duds. But we’ll never know which is which until we start reading.

Here are just a few books that I’ve read that have had an impact on my leadership:

  • The Leadership Challenge, Kouzes and Posner
  • The Advantage, Patrick Lencioni
  • The One Minute Manager and Gung Ho!, both by Ken Blanchard
  • Good to Great, Jim Collins
  • 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, John Maxwell

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