DAVE'S RECOMMENDED READING LIST
"Leadership is helping others get better, so you can watch from a distance as they carry it forward to others."
Boss or Leader
by Dave Ferguson
Employees rarely go to work to follow anyone for more than money. They certainly aren’t there to follow the vision of the person in charge. But you can change that! In Boss or Leader, internationally recognized leadership coach and speaker, Dave Ferguson, cleverly defines the difference between a boss and a leader. In his direct, no-nonsense way, he uses his experience as a leader and as a leadership coach to help you first decide if you are a boss or a leader, then goes on to coach you on how to grow as a leader. It’s not about how to be liked by your employees, nor is it about how to manage or supervise people. This book is about how to become a leader people will respect and be willing to follow. It’s also about developing leaders and identifying potential leaders. If you are in a leadership position, or want to be in one, then this book is for you. It’s also for you if you are a business owner, self-employed professional, executive, or politician.
Grow A Pair
by Larry Winget
In the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller Grow a Pair, Larry takes on entitlement culture, the self-help movement, political correctness, and more. To get the success we want, we need to reject victimhood in favor of being assertive and finally taking some responsibility.
The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership
by John C. Maxwell
Internationally recognized leadership expert, speaker, and author John C. Maxwell has taken this million-seller and made it even better. If you've never read The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, you've been missing out on one of the best-selling leadership books of all time.
by Liz Wiseman
In analyzing data from more than 150 leaders, Wiseman has identified five disciplines that distinguish Multipliers from Diminishers. These five disciplines are not based on innate talent; indeed, they are skills and practices that everyone can learn to use—even lifelong and recalcitrant Diminishers.
The Little Book of Leadership
By Jeffrey Gitomer
The Little Book of Leadership combines classic style with the latest innovations to challenges the reader to self-evaluate every facet of their leadership, coaching, and communication abilities in order to better formulate what actions can be taken to improve their natural skills. Ideas and answers are provided for every challenge.
by Sheryl Sandberg
Written with humor and wisdom, Lean In is a revelatory, inspiring call to action and a blueprint for individual growth that will empower women around the world to achieve their full potential. Sandberg provides practical advice on negotiation techniques, mentorship, and building a satisfying career.
by Travis Bradberry & Jean Greaves
Leadership 2.0 delivers a step-by-step program for increasing 22 core and adaptive leadership skills. Core leadership skills (those that get people into leadership positions) will sharpen your saw, and adaptive leadership skills (those that set great leaders apart) will make you into the leader you've always wanted to be.
by Brene Brown
It is the rise from falling that Brown takes as her subject in Rising Strong. As a grounded theory researcher, Brown has listened as a range of people—from leaders in Fortune 500 companies and the military to artists, couples in long-term relationships, teachers, and parents—shared their stories of being brave, falling, and getting back up.
by Jocko Willink & Leif Babin
Since it’s release in October 2015, Extreme Ownership has revolutionized leadership development and set a new standard for literature on the subject. Required reading for many of the most successful organizations, it has become an integral part of the official leadership training programs for scores of business teams, military units, and first responders.
by Eric Gritens
Resilience is an inspiring meditation for the warrior in each of us. Eric’s letters—drawing on both his own experience and wisdom from ancient and modern thinkers—are now gathered and edited into this timeless guidebook. Greitens shows how we can build purpose, confront pain, practice compassion, develop a vocation, find a mentor, and much more.
by Daniel H. Pink
In this provocative and persuasive new book, Daniel H. Pink asserts that the secret to high performance and satisfaction-at work, at school, and at home—is the deeply human need to direct our own lives, to learn and create new things, and to do better by ourselves and our world.
What’s Holding You Back
by Linda Austin M.D.
After thirty years of feminism, women continue to underachieve, occupying only ten percent of top-level managerial and professional positions. And significant achievement is rarer still. The reason, argues this bold and inspiring new book, lies in the self-imposed psychological glass ceiling, which influences every decision women make in their lives.
The Five Dysfunctions of a Team
by Patrick Lencioni
In The Five Dysfunctions of a Team Patrick Lencioni offers a leadership fable that is enthralling and instructive. He reveals the five dysfunctions which go to the very heart of why teams even the best ones-often struggle. Lencioni has written a compelling fable with a powerful yet deceptively simple message.
A Few Good Women
by Jane White
A Few Good WOMEN shows forward-looking women how to re-think - and retire once and for all - 10 common myths to which corporate America unfortunately subscribes, including: the myth of the ever-present working mom guilt... the myth of high ranking "female-friendly" companies... the myth that time alone will bring male/female parity to the workplace... and more.
Becoming the Best
by Harry M. Jansen Kraemer, Jr.
What does it mean in practice to be a values-based leader? When faced with real situations, how can you be your best self and create best teams—while also being a best partner with customers and vendors, a best investment for your stakeholders, and a best citizen making a difference in the world?
“Dave Ferguson's compelling book, Boss or Leader, redefines and clarifies business roles in a way that you can implement and take to the bank.”
Jeffrey Gitomer | Author, The Little Red Book of Selling