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

Trillion Dollar Coach
Bill Campbell was instrumental in the growth of Google, Apple, Intuit and many others leaving behind a legacy of growing companies, successful people, respect, and love. Strong leaders creating healthy environments essential to thriving in a changing world.
Mindset: The New Psychology of Success (Your Coach in a Box)
Carol Dweck describes how to instill a Growth Mindset which thrives on challenges, learning from failures and being inspired by models of success. Our Mindsset shapes our goals and attitude toward work ultimately predicting whether or not we will fulfill our potential.
Humilitas - A Lost Key to Life, Love, and Leadership
John Dickson addresses the power of humility – being open to accepting that our current beliefs and approaches may need revisiting is crucial in a rapidly evolving world.
Liz Wiseman describes a leadership style that creates a space to leverage and amplify the intelligence, energy, and capability from teams. These Multipliers create environments that encourage new ideas and approaches that can enable change and growth.
Leading at a Higher Level
Ken Blanchard speaks to effective change and situational management for creating high-performing organizations.
John Doerr - Measure What Matters
John Doerr, a legendary venture capitalist reveals how the goal-setting system of Objectives and Key Results (OKRs) has helped tech giants from Intel to Google achieve explosive growth – and how it can help any organization thrive. Focus on what matters is crucial in navigating transformations.
Edgar and Peter Schein are proponents of consulting that’s not about delivering solutions but rather enabling leaders to evolve. In a complex world, leadership must rely on high levels of trust throughout the organization to be agile and course correct quickly.
Dichotomy of Leadership
Jocko Willink and Leif Babin go beyond their first book Extreme Leadership to introduce a Dichotomy of Leadership enabling leaders to also be good followers to find the solutions that best fit the situation.
Radical Candor
Kim Scott describes how Caring Personally while Challenging Directly brings out the best. Leaders often think Radical Candor is needed for low performers, but to succeed in a rapidly changing world, its important to radically challenge top performers in ways that motivate them. .
Start with Why
Simon Sinek describes how leaders who’ve had the greatest influence in the world are different in how they think, act, and communicate the same way. Focusing on the why behind our objectives frees us to embrace new approaches to achieving them in changing world.
Co-Active Coaching - Changing Business, Transforming Lives
Karen and Henry Kimsey-House released and updated edition that goes even further in providing methods and approaches that leaders can apply in helping individuals, teams and organizations discover and embrace transformation.
Eliyahu M. Goldratt, Jeff Cox - The Goal - A Process of Ongoing Improvement
“Eliyahu M. Goldratt, Jeff Cox The Goal – A Process of Ongoing Improvement – Publisher Summary – In this intriguing business novel, which illustrates state-of-the-art economic theory, Alex Rogo is a UniCo plant manager whose factory and marriage are failing. To revitalize the plant, he follows piecemeal advice from an elusive former college professor who teaches, for example, that reduction in the efficiency of some plant operations may make the entire operation more productive.
Immunity to Change - How to Overcome It and Unlock the Potential in Yourself and Your Organization
Robert Kegan and Lisa Laskow Lahey open with a recent study showed that when doctors tell heart patients they will die if they don’t change their habits, only one in seven follow through successfully. This immunity to change can be crippling in the Age of Digital Transformation.
What Got You Here Won't Get You There How Successful People Become Even More Successful!
Marshall Goldsmith and Mark Reiter remind us the ways of thinking and doing things that have brought us success in the past. Goldsmith provides a systematic approach to helping executives achieve the positive change in behavior needed in the Age of Digital Transformation.
The Ten Faces of Innovation
Tom Kelley and Jonathan Littman, in their classic book, remind us how to observe people and discover what challenges they face and explore which innovations can best meet their needs in a world where needs and solutions are constantly changing.
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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