The Go-Giver (Portfolio/Penguin; Later Printing edition, 2007)
The Go-Giver is a must read for every leader. He covers the laws of Value, Compensation, Influence, Authenticity, and Receptivity in aa easy to read parable format. I enjoyed the book so much I finished it in one evening.
The Work of Leaders (San Francisco, CA: Wiley, 2013)
I do a lot of work with DiSC’s Work of Leaders assessments. This book explains the research behind that program. Whether you have taken this assessment or not, I highly recommend this book. The book description says it all: “The goal of this book is to make this wealth of leadership insight accessible to anyone who wants better results as a leader.”
I always have found leadership addicting. My parents were both people that had risen in life to positions of influence within their professions. I can recall their casual conversations drifting toward work projects and people challenges. They were a great resources to one another. As a child, that had an impact on me; I loved listening. Perhaps this was the seed that grew into a passion and, ultimately, a calling. I looked for classes on this topic in high school but rarely found them. I do recall leadership being discussed, but it was more about natural leadership. To this day, I believe we should teach students personal leadership at an early age. There is now research that portends to have found a leadership gene in some people. Perhaps that’s true, but I certainly don’t see that meaning we can’t all learn leadership skills and become leaders. We all are already leaders.
Leadership is personal long before its public. You are your greatest resource. That resource deserves to be developed. We need a vision for our life; we need to bring our habits and resources in alignment with that vision, and we need to execute the plans that bring that vision to life. These are leadership skills. We need these skills to bring order to our personal lives. Those same skills translate into our role in leading others.