Book Recommendations

Are You an Authentic Leader?

There are many competencies associated with great leadership, and some take a lifetime to master. However, there is one important trait that every leader should be able to leverage without practice or experience – authenticity. Being an authentic leader means being yourself. Growing up, whenever you faced a new challenge, your parents probably said: “just be yourself”.  Turns out that is... read more

The Inspiring Leader

In 2002, Joe Folkman and Jack Zenger wrote one of the most comprehensive books ever written on the art of leadership. Their bestselling work The Extraordinary Leader, revealed the 16 key competencies that separate the top 10 percent of leaders from the rest of the pack. It’s a terrific book, one that every leader should have on their bookshelf. Now... read more

The Top 5 Books on Strategy

I’m hoping that these lists will spark discussion and debate – let me know if I’ve missed your favorite strategy book! OK – here we go, in reverse order, these are my selections for the best large corporate strategy books: # 5 – The Art of War (Sun Tzu) A true classic – a book that has nothing and everything to do with... read more

Are You Leveraging Your Strengths?

With their 1999 book, First, Break All the Rules, Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman started a new leadership development trend that is still going strong today.  The basic premise is that leaders should focus on their strengths, and not worry so much about developing their weaknesses.  Frankly, as a leadership coach, I’ve always had mixed feelings about this approach, but let’s... read more

What Is It That Only You Can Do?

Here’s a tip about where to spend your time and energy as a leader.  Take a close look at everything that needs to be done in your group, and identify the work that only you can do – work that you can’t delegate to your team, because it requires your personal attention.  Then spend your time on these tasks, and “give away”... read more