Do you have favorite leadership books--books that have a special place on your shelf or that you refer to again and again? In addition to the information I collected for my own book, Connect, I continue to go back to the 10 I have listed below. These books deal with affective leadership℠ skills such as emotional intelligence, leadership presence, team-building and trust. Please take a minute to review my list, rank them and add your own favorites to the list.
If you want to see my full list of recommendations, please go to my Resources page.
Top 10 Books for Affective Leaders
An Affective Leader fosters strong and healthy emotional relationships so others are willing to work with him to build a better future. In addition to compiling my own book, Connect: Affective Leadership for Effective Results, I use and recommend the following books. Please review, rank and add your own favorites to my list.
Daniel Goleman, Richard Boyatzis and Annie McKee use extensive but easily understood research to demonstrate that emotional intelligence is critical to great leadership. Their competencies include self-awareness, self-management and social/relationship skills.
The Speed of Trust
No leader can succeed if trust is missing. Stephen M. R. Covey describes how low trust eats away at time and how leaders can build trust in organizations so they can thrive.
The Power of Presence
Kristi Hedges explains how important presence is to gaining trust and credibility. She also presences her I-Presence model to explain how individuals can expand their own leadership presence.
Richard Boyatzis and Annie McKee take Primal Leadership a step farther to describe tools leaders can use to combat stress, avoid burnout, and renew themselves physically, mentally, and emotionally.
7 Habits of Highly Effective People
In this perennial bestseller, Stephen R. Covey offers an outstanding resource for effective living and career success.
Take the Lead:Motivate, Inspire, and Bring Out the Best in Yourself and Everyone Around You
Betsy Myers believes all of us are and should be leaders. She demonstrates how we can do that every day using seven core principals of leadership.
Tao of Leadership
John Heider provides very wise advice on how to be a great leader: be faithful, trust the process, pay attention, and inspire others to become their own leaders.
The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable
In The Five Dysfunctions of a Team and its Field Guide for Overcoming them Patrick Lencioni uses a fable to tell the story of a CEO who must bring a team together to prevent the collapse of an organization. He outlines five team dysfunctions and steps leaders can take to minimize them.
The Heart of Leadership
Mark Miller uses the example of a young man who was passed over for promotion to discuss the traits necessary for great leadership. These five character traits are issues of the heart.
Start with Why
Simon Sinek uses real-life stories of leaders who have had tremendous influence to explain how great leaders inspire others to take action.
The Leadership Challenge
Karl Jones says: "My go to book for leadership is the “The Leadership Challenge”. The authors do a superior job of making leadership tangible. This trait has been a valuable resource for students and coaching recipients." - See more at: http://www.lynboyer.net/wp-admin/edit-comments.php#sthash.fWAqmFIk.dpuf