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As we reflect on the year 2009 – the financial crisis and the accompanying recession – we know that out of the chaos, we must relearn some basics and not return to business as usual. Shortcuts are out.

The Harvard Center for Public Leadership's 2009 National Leadership Index reveals that 69% of Americans think we have a leadership crisis in the country. Another 67% believe that "unless we get better leaders, the United States will decline as a nation." Over half (52%), believe that business leaders generally work to benefit themselves. Only 25% of Americans agree or strongly agree that business leaders or news media leaders share their values. And this isn’t just an American phenomenon.

As Pogo Possum observed, “We have met the enemy and he is us.” The tendency is to catch our breath and just work harder. But we have to hit reset and work differently—to incorporate the larger picture; to not be so insular in our behavior. The Financial Times management columnist Stefan Stern remarked, “The reason why so many people want to get back to ‘business as usual’ is that that is what they do best. In fact, it may be all that they can do.” Overcoming inertia is going to be the challenge.

Back to basics. This doesn’t mean safe and boring or watered-down. These are bedrock principles that work. It’s when we try to take shortcuts that we get derailed. Consultant icon Tom Peters who has a reputation for being cutting-edge, has been relentlessly preaching the simple basics that work. And work globally. Basics are the new cutting-edge.

The present environment reminds us that leadership must exist at all levels. Everyone has a part to play. Sound principles take you through good times and bad. Business (and individuals) will have to focus more on training both on the job and off so that sound values and principles become everyday practice.

The books selected for the best leadership books published in 2009 help us to think differently; to incorporate lasting values; to answer the question, “How do we best lead?”

9781576753408Managing
by Henry Mintzberg
(Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2009)

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9780814415054Lead Your Boss: The Subtle Art of Managing Up
by John Baldoni
(AMACOM, 2009)

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9781591842781Walk the Walk: The #1 Rule for Real Leaders
by Alan Deutschman
(Portfolio, 2009)

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9780470195598The Three Laws of Performance: Rewriting the Future of Your Organization and Your Life
by Steve Zaffron and Dave Logan
(Jossey-Bass, 2009)

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9781591842965The Upside of the Downturn: Ten Management Strategies to Prevail in the Recession and Thrive in the Aftermath
by Geoff Colvin
(Portfolio, 2009)

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9780131568150Know What You Don't Know: How Great Leaders Prevent Problems Before They Happen
by Michael A. Roberto
(FT Press, 2009)

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9781591842583How Did That Happen? Holding People Accountable for Results the Positive, Principled Way
by Roger Connors and Tom Smith
(Portfolio, 2009)

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9780385522618Greater Than Yourself: The Ultmate Lesson of True Leadership
by Steve Farber
(Doubleday Business, 2009)

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9781576754443Lift: Becoming a Positive Force in Any Situation
by Ryan W Quinn and Robert E Quinn
(Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2009)

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9780385529006Fierce Leadership: A Bold Alternative to the Worst "Best" Practices of Business Today
by Susan Scott
(Broadway Business, 2009)

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9780670020478The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything
by Ken Robinson with Lou Aronica
(Viking Adult, 2009)

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9781591842804Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action
by Simon Sinek
(Portfolio, 2009)

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BIOGRAPHY
leadership The biographies selected here more than just life stories; they are great histories as well. Vanderbilt was a man of enormous accomplishments. At the time of his death he owned five percent of America's wealth. And while there are lessons to be learned from the life of Vanderbilt, he is in many respects, not a model to follow. Still, The First Tycoon is a page-turner that captures well the people he worked with and the culture he operated within, making it a worthwhile history of the rise of American corporate capitalism.   Cooper’s biography of one of the nation's most controversial leaders, Woodrow Wilson, is an authoritative, in-depth look at a complicated and fascinating man. It also serves as a great political history that is still relevant today.   The bicentennial year of Lincoln’s birth saw the release of many books about the 16th president. A. Lincoln is an engaging narrative and one of the best. Lincoln, says White, continues to fascinate us "because he eludes simple definitions and final judgments."

9780375415425The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt
by T. J. Stiles
(Knopf, 2009)

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9780307265418Woodrow Wilson: A Biography
by John Milton Cooper Jr.
(Knopf, 2009)

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9781400064991A. Lincoln: A Biography
by Ronald C. White Jr.
(Random House, 2009)

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