A crisis exposes character or the lack of it. Our reaction is important. Our recent history requires a response; a correction; a change in the status quo.
If we are thinking more-of-the-same or merely upping our game then we are destined to fail again. On the other hand if we are looking to change our games or approach, then we have a way forward.
The way forward will mean reviewing a lot of overly familiar ideas like, “self-awareness is critical to a good leader” because those are the things we forgot or were maybe never taught. While books about these ideas can seem boring they can, if we let them, take us to a higher level. But they require introspection and often more attention than we may think we have time for. But what is the alternative?
As reading goes, the books listed here may not be as exciting as how-can-I-leverage-other-people‘s-money nor are they going to be paradigm-shifting as in why-hasn‘t-somebody-thought-of-this-before. However, while many of the ideas are not new, they can be life-changing.
Some of the books listed below help to reacquaint us with ideas that we might have consciously or unconsciously decided that we would get back to when we had the time. Others help us to better understand the connected world we live in. One helps to explain the artistry of leadership. Some, while exploring the lives of others, help to provide a context for all of it.
The big lesson for all of us: nothing—leadership, capitalism, society—can be sustained forever in a culture of get—with a mindset of always more. But that‘s a tough lesson to act on. When faced with the daily business of life, the ideas of give and service seem so vapid—intangible—naïve.
Give. Easy to say. Much harder to live.