Posted by: genevievetaylor | February 10, 2010

Recommended Books on Leadership

On Personal Leadership/Personal Development:

I use the Speed of Trust, by Stephen M. R. Covey (son of Stephen Covey) as a first recommendation for people who are looking to develop their leadership.  He focuses on how do individuals build “trustworthiness.”  Highly Recommended.
The SPEED of Trust: The One Thing That Changes Everything

I also recommend Getting to Yes – a book on negotiations and conflict resolution.  It is the book that first introduced the “Win/Win” concept, but it really reminds you of how to deal with any situation where the stakes are high – whether you are overtly negotiating, in a conflict, or merely trying to give feedback and are seeking a change to match that feedback. Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In

Finally, a book on Time Management that I reread every year while doing my own planning: First Things First , a book by Stephen Covey (the father, this time, and the same person who wrote 7 Habits of Highly Successful People.) It goes from the largest perspective of what is your personal vision and mission, and then helps you map that down into your weekly and daily calendar. Nicely done, and my time management class is significantly influenced by this work.

On Management:

Another book that has been very helpful in helping managers understand styles and how to get the best from other styles is the 4-Dimensional Manager by Julie Straw. This book uses the DiSC assessment as its base, which has a situational perspective on styles, and talks about how to adapt your style to give feedback, solve problems, motivate, compliment, and delegate to other styles. Very useful. The 4 Dimensional Manager: DiSC Strategies for Managing Different People in the Best Ways (Inscape Guide)

Also highly recommended for leaders who are trying to instill Discipline in their staff Without Punishment (ie, helping employees see the business implications for their actions, and instilling a sense of focus and alignment) is the book by the same name, Discipline Without Punishment. My colleague Cathy, an HR Generalist and Manager for 20 years, uses the philosophies in this book with great success. Discipline Without Punishment: The Proven Strategy That Turns Problem Employees into Superior Performers


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    • ALi jan, that is a heck of a lot for ONE MAN in a YEAR:) Bravo my friend isn’t it aminazg how we don’t see all that we do and being put down on a list as such just brings it into a much clearer and wider perspective..aye?!!! Best wishes to you and many more new/happening/ongoing projects to follow

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