Books - The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go. Dr Seuss, I can read with my eyes

In my quest to better understand what it means to be a good leader, I have sought the insights of many who have researched and written about the subject. Many of these books on leadership I’ve consumed more than once. Of the books I consume in my quest, I believe the books below are of particular value to a Talent Whisperer or anyone interested in continually transforming and growing.

Why Audio Books?
For me, it’s because in a busy day, it’s often hard to find time to read. However, for those of us that commute or travel or workout or do chores or yard-work where our minds can absorb audio, there is a unique opportunity to expand our horizons. With time, it’s also possible to consume them at higher speeds now that they’ve gotten better at compressing audio. Reading at 3x to 4x speeds on an hour’s commute each way provides for the equivalent of 6-8 hours of learning each workday.

If you know of books of this nature, please feel free to leave your recommendations in the comments.

Books on Leadership

John Doerr - Measure What Matters
Eric Schmidt, Jonathan Rosenberg, Alan Eagle - Trillion Dollar Coach - The Leadership Playbook of Silicon Valleys Bill Campbell
Liz Wiseman - Multipliers, Revised and Updated - How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter
Jocko Willink, Leif Babin - The Dichotomy of Leadership Balancing the Challenges of Extreme Ownership to Lead and Win
Simon Sinek - Leaders Eat Last Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Dont
Eric Ries - The Lean Startup - How Todays Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses
Eliyahu M. Goldratt, Jeff Cox - The Goal - A Process of Ongoing Improvement
Daniel Pink - A Whole New Mind - Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future
Daniel Kahneman - Thinking, Fast and Slow
Daniel Goleman - Social Intelligence The New Science of Human Relationships
Marty Cagan - Inspired How to Create Tech Products Customers Love

I prefer hearing the author in their own voice with full depth explore their topic; however, not everyone’s curiosity or commute allows them the time to consume books the way I do. The books and specific subject matter of the authors above can often also be found represented in content on the authors’ websites, in TED talks, in blog posts, etc.

Spirit Guides

The books below are on “spiritual” leadership and/or they may serve to help leaders ground themselves.


While note directly on leadership, the books below to help to expand the mind and make for leaders of more diverse makeup.

Queue of Books on Leadership

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