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Top Book Recommendations

Interested in reading your way to success? Here are the top LOD-recommended books for new leaders:

  • Brown, Brené. Dare To Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts. Vermillion, 2018. 

Brené Brown has taught us what it means to dare greatly, rise strong, and brave the wilderness. Now, based on new research conducted with leaders, change makers, and culture shifters, she’s showing us how to put those ideas into practice so we can step up and lead.

  • Covey, Stephen R. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Simon & Schuster, 2004.

This beloved classic presents a principle-centered approach for solving both personal and professional problems. With penetrating insights and practical anecdotes, Stephen R. Covey reveals a step-by-step pathway for living with fairness, integrity, honesty, and human dignity—principles that give us the security to adapt to change and the wisdom and power to take advantage of the opportunities that change creates.

  • Harris, Carla. Lead to Win: How to Be a Powerful, Impactful, Influential Leader in Any Environment. John Murray Publishers Lt., 2022. 

Work has undergone a sea of change, introducing a new matrix of concerns and questions for leaders and potential leaders. What does it take to lead effectively now? What does leadership even mean? At the heart of this book are the eight things you must be intentional about every day—authenticity, building trust, creating other leaders, clarity, diversity, innovation, inclusivity, and voice—qualities that you need to hone and manifest to become a powerful, impactful leader no matter where you work.

  • Kaye, Beverly, and Sharon Jordan-Evans. Love Em or Lose Em: Getting Good People to Stay. Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc., 2014.

Since employees who walk out the door cost their companies up to 200 percent of their annual salaries to replace, retention is one of the most important issues facing businesses today. And with so many surveys reporting that employees are unhappy and not working up to their full potential, engagement is a second serious and costly issue. The latest edition of this Wall Street Journal bestseller offers twenty-six simple strategies—from A to Z—that managers can use to address their employees’ real concerns and keep them engaged.

  • Sharma, Robin S. The Leader Who Had No Title: an Inspiring Story about Working (and Living) at Your Absolute Best. Simon & Schuster, 2010.

Regardless of what you do within your organization and the current circumstances of your life, the single most important fact is that you have the power to show leadership. Wherever you are in your career or life, you should always play to your peak abilities. This book shows you how to claim that staggering power, as well as transform your life and the world around you in the process.

  • Sinek, Simon. Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action. Portfolio/Penguin, 2013.

Over a decade ago, Simon Sinek started a movement that inspired millions to demand purpose at work, to ask what was the why of their organization. Since then, millions have been touched by the power of his ideas, and these ideas remain as relevant and timely as ever. Start with Why shows that the leaders who have had the greatest influence in the world all think, act, and communicate the same way – and it’s the opposite of what everyone else does. Sinek calls this powerful idea The Golden Circle, and it provides a framework upon which organizations can be built, movements can be led, and people can be inspired. And it all starts with why.

  • Zhuo, Julie. The Making of a Manager: What to Do When Everyone Looks to You. Virgin Books, an Imprint of Ebury Publishing, 2019. 

The Making of a Manager is a modern field guide packed with everyday examples and transformative insights, including:

*  How to tell a great manager from an average manager (illustrations included)

*  When you should look past an awkward interview and hire someone anyway

*  How to build trust with your reports by not being a boss

*  Where to look when you lose faith and lack the answers

Whether you’re new to the job, a veteran leader, or looking to be promoted, this is the handbook you need to be the kind of manager you wish you had.

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