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.

Books on Leadership

Web3 - The Insights You Need from Harvard Business Review (HBR Insights Series) Only the Paranoid Survive -
How to Exploit the Crisis Points That Challenge Every Company Creativity, Inc. - Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration BE 2.0 (Beyond Entrepreneurship 2.0) - Turning Your Business into an Enduring Great Company The Hard Thing About Hard Things - Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers
Simon Sinek - Leaders Eat Last Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Dont Eliyahu M. Goldratt, Jeff Cox - The Goal - A Process of Ongoing Improvement Trillion Dollar Coach Daniel Kahneman - Thinking, Fast and Slow Daniel Goleman - Social Intelligence The New Science of Human Relationships
High Output Management - By: Andrew S. Grove Peak - By: Robert Pool, Anders Ericsson Eleven Rings - By: Phil Jackson, Hugh Delehanty Change by Design, Revised and Updated - By: Tim Brown The Toyota Way (Second Edition) - By: Jeffrey Liker
Marty Cagan - Inspired How to Create Tech Products Customers Love The Upstarts Emotional Intelligence
Eliyahu M. Goldratt, Jeff Cox - The Goal - A Process of Ongoing Improvement
Radical Candor by Kim Scott Principles by Ray Dalio Start with Why by Simon Sinek The Phoenix Project Good to Great
The Confidence Code Crucial Conversations Blink Outliers The Tipping Point
Fooled by Randomness Good to Great The Five Most Important Questions by Peter Drucker
Berkshire Beyond Buffett - The Enduring Value of Values What Got You Here Won't Get You There - How Successful People Become Even More Successful Berkshire Beyond Buffett - The Enduring Value of Values - By Lawrence A. Cunningham Servant Leadership in Action
The Leadership Pipeline Emotional Intelligence What Makes a Leader
Find Your Why - By: Simon Sinek, David Mead, Peter Docker”
title= Unapologetically Ambitious - By: Shellye Archambeau, Ben Horowitz – foreword”
title= First Principles - By: Thomas E. Ricks”
title= Think Again - By: Adam Grant”
title= Dear Founder - By: Maynard Webb, Carlye Adler, Howard Schultz – foreword”
Modern Monopolies - By: Nicholas L. Johnson, Alex Moazed”
title= Holacracy - By: Brian J. Robertson”
title= Platform Revolution By Geoffrey G. Parker, Marshall”
title= Range By David Epstein”
title= The Effective Executive - By: Peter F. Drucker”
Lead from the Outside - By: Stacey Abrams”
title= The Coaching Habit – By Michael Bungay Stanier”
title= Difficult Conversations - By Douglas Stone”
title= What Got You Here Won't Get You There - By Marshall Goldsmith”
title= The First 90 Days, Updated and Expanded - By Michael Watkins”
The Adversity Advantage – By Paul G. Stoltz Ph.D. ”
title= The 10 Laws of Trust - By Joel Peterson”
title= Quiet - By Susan Cain”
title= Harvard Business Review - Leverage Your Best People”
title= Made to Stick - By Chip Heath”
AI Superpowers - By Kai-Fu Lee”
title= Scaling Up Excellence - By Robert I. Sutton”
title= Secrets of Sand Hill Road - By Scott Kupor”
title= Secrets of the Millionaire Mind - By T. Harv Eker”
title= Reinventing organizations - By Frederic Laloux”
Robotic Process Automation Tools, Process Automation and Their Benefits: Understanding Rpa and Intelligent Automation - By Srikanth Merianda”
title= Flat Army - By Dan Pontefract”
title= Thinking in Systems - By Donella H. Meadows”
title= The Culture Map - By Erin Meyer”
title= The Ride of a Lifetime - By Robert Iger”
The Power of Vulnerability - By Brené Brown PhD”
title= Flow - By Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Ph.D. ”
title= The Corporate Culture Survival Guide - By: Edgar H. Schein, Peter Schein”
title= The Mindful Athlete - By: George Mumford, Phil Jackson – foreword”
title= The Influential Mind - By: Tali Sharot”
The Gift of Fear - By: Gavin de Becker”
title= Good People By: Anthony Tjan”
title= So You Want to Talk About Race - By: Ijeoma Oluo”
title= The Sacred Enneagram - By: Christopher L. Heuertz”
title= Master Your Next Move - By: Michael D. Watkins”
Digital Body Language - By: Erica Dhawan”
title= Daniel Pink - A Whole New Mind - Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future Humilitas - A Lost Key to Life, Love, and Leadership Multipliers by Liz Wiseman Mindset - The New Psychology of Success
What Having a Growth Mindset Actually Means - By: Carol Dweck

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.

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