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

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Leaders Eat Last - By Simon Sinek Trillion Dollar Coach Mindset - The New Psychology of Success Humilitas - A Lost Key to Life, Love, and Leadership Multipliers by Liz Wiseman
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
Leading at a Higher Level John Doerr - Measure What Matters Humble-Leadership by Peter Schein Dichotomy of Leadership Radical Candor
Co-Active Coaching - Changing Business, Transforming Lives”
title= Start with Why”
title= Servant Leadership in Action - By Ken Blanchard”
title= Immunity to Change - How to Overcome It and Unlock the Potential in Yourself and Your Organization”
title= What Got You Here Wont Get You There - How Successful People Become Even More Successful!”
The Ten Faces of Innovation” 
title= Servant Leadership in Action - By Ken Blanchard”
title= How Google Works -  By: Eric Schmidt, Jonathan Rosenberg, Alan Eagle”
title= The Innovator's Dilemma - By: Clayton M. Christensen The Lives of Moral Leadership - By Robert Coles”
Business Adventures - By John Brooks Sam Walton - By John Huey The Book of Leadership Wisdom - By: Andrew S. Grove, Bill Gates, Michael D. Eisner, more You Are a Mogul - By Tiffany Pham What Having a Growth Mindset Actually Means - By: Carol Dweck
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 The Upstarts Emotional Intelligence
Empowered by: Marty Cagan and Chris Jones
The Confidence Code Crucial Conversations Blink Outliers The Tipping Point
Fooled by Randomness Good to Great The Five Most Important Questions by Peter Drucker
HBR Guide to Emotional Intelligence HBR’s 10 Must Reads on Emotional Intelligence
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= The Phoenix Project Principles by Ray Dalio Great by Choice by Jim Collins Zero to One by: Peter Thiel

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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