Learn why happy workers make a stronger company.
Wouldn’t it be great if your employees were pumped up about coming to work? That might sound like a manager’s fantasy, but 12 (2006) posits that it’s a very achievable goal. An amalgamation of a wide variety of Gallup poll results, 12 is an anthology of best practices that lays out clear-cut steps for cultivating employee satisfaction. Put simply, 12 is a manager’s data-driven best friend.
Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts.
People all over the world are often asking themselves how to become a better leader. Each day, managers, CEOs, and executives struggle with knowing what it is they need to become more effective. Unfortunately, they often focus on the wrong things, like titles, status, and power. But a leader isn’t just someone who has the highest title, she is anyone who takes responsibility for recognizing the potential in people and ideas. What's more, she dares to develop that potential. Leaders with courage are those who don’t avoid difficult conversations and situations, they lean into vulnerability, they have empathy and connection. So how can you cultivate braver, more daring leaders? And how do you embed the value of courage in your culture? Luckily, daring leadership is made up of four skill sets that are 100 percent teachable, observable, and measurable. It won’t be easy, but it will be worth it. As you read, you’ll learn the dangers of perfectionism, how vulnerability takes courage, and what you can learn about leadership from skydiving.
Learn about the principles that drive American Navy SEALs to succeed.
We know Navy SEALs as examples of extreme courage, strength, and determination. But what sets them apart? What motivates them to get the job done? Extreme Ownership (2015) demonstrates that extreme ownership is the key to extreme success and provides actionable steps for implementing extreme ownership practices in your own life (without enduring the basic training of Navy SEALs!)
Joseph Grenny, Kerry Patterson, David Maxfield, Ron McMillan, Al Switzler
How people accomplish social change.
Have you ever thought of yourself as someone who is capable of influencing others? If you haven’t, think again! Influencer (2007) posits that every human being has the ability to influence the people around them. By unpacking the social psychology of influence, Grenny, Patterson, Maxfield, McMillan, and Switzler explore the human ability to drive change and demonstrate how you can implement these principles yourself.
How to Get the Most Out of Any Team
The traditional role of a leader is someone who leads their team by barking orders, exercising authority, and taking control. Perhaps you’ve experienced a leader who is happy to take on this traditional role. But how productive is that? Unfortunately, this traditional leader doesn’t have much interest in their team’s well-being or development, causing the team members to either become overworked, underproductive, or simply unhappy, leading to toxic work culture. Thankfully, some great leaders know that they can do better. These leaders understand that to lead a team to success they need to do more than lead - they need to coach. When leaders take on the role of a coach, they put their team members first and relinquish control to allow their team members to thrive. As a result, success comes naturally. So if you’re looking to improve your leadership skills, Lead Like a Coach will teach you how to develop the necessary skills and values you need to become successful. As you read, you’ll also learn why traditional models of management don't work in the modern workplace, why you should learn to relinquish control, and why you should view your workplace as a video game.
How to overcome your professional blindspots.
Have you ever heard the phrase, “What you don’t know can’t hurt you?” Well, when it comes to professional weaknesses, that is absolutely not true! In fact, when it comes to your leadership blindspots, the weaknesses you don’t know about can sabotage your career. Leadership Blindspots (2014) is your guide to identifying and eliminating the unseen weaknesses that hold you back.
Become an Artful Leader and Lead Your Employees and Company to Success.
Also known as the bible for the business world, Leadership is an Art explores how executives and managers can learn leadership skills that will build a better, more successful organization. You see, author Max De Pree doesn’t just discuss leadership as a hierarchy where those at the top intimidate those at the bottom to get things done. Instead, he views leadership as stewardship and focuses on the importance of building relationships and creating a lasting value system within an organization. An artful leader must be one that can enable others to reach their full potential and must take a role in developing, expressing, and defending the company’s values. Good leadership is more than just leading a company to financial success, it's more about fostering relationships across all areas within an organization. As you read, you’ll learn how to build meaningful relationships, how to motivate employees, and how to become an elegant leader.
Learn why leaders are made, not born.
Do you have what it takes to be a leader? If you answered no, think again! In spite of the misconceptions we commonly encounter about “natural born leaders,” James Kouzes and Barry Posner believe that everyone has the potential to be an effective leader. Learning Leadership (2016) explores why leaders are made rather than born and offers practical top tips for developing your leadership skills.
Multipliers (2010) invites you to explore the two styles of leadership and question which one you want to be.
Author Liz Wiseman posits that there are two types of leaders: Multipliers and Diminishers. Where Multipliers encourage those around them to grow, Diminishers inhibit growth through setting negative examples and leaching motivation from the team. Wiseman thus explains how to unpack each leadership style, identify which type of leader you are, and what steps you can take if you want to become a Multiplier.
How to cultivate a healthy business partnership.
Business partners: they can be your greatest asset or your worst nightmare. So, how do you find a healthy balance? And what qualities should you look for in an ideal business partner? The Partnership Charter (2004) is your guide to setting helpful boundaries, establishing good communication practices, and playing well with others in a business partnership.