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12.25.08

Best Leadership Books of 2008

Best Leadership Books of 2008
Our selections for the best leadership books published in 2008 are listed below.

The are more books every year written than one can possibly make use of. Here at LeadershipNow we try to help you find those books that will resonate with you and thus be the most useful to you. Anne Lamott wrote in her classic, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life, a wonderful statement on the importance of reading.

"For some of us, books are important as almost anything else on earth. What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid squares of paper unfolds world after world after world, worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet or excite you. Books help us understand who we are and how we are to behave. They show us what community and friendship mean; they show us how to live and die. They are full of all the things that you don’t get in real life—wonderful, lyrical language, for instance, right off the bat. And quality of attention: we may notice amazing details during the course of a day but we rarely let ourselves stop and pay attention. An author makes you notice, makes you pay attention, and this is a great gift. My gratitude for good writing is unbounded."

Followership: How Followers Are Creating Change and Changing Leaders by Barbara Kellerman

Crucibles of Leadership: How to Learn from Experience to Become a Great Leader by Robert J. Thomas

Leading with Kindness: How Good People Consistently Get Superior Results by William F. Baker and Michael O'Malley

The Ten Commandments for Business Failure by Donald R. Keough

Talent is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else by Geoff Colvin

A Sense of Urgency by John P. Kotter

Axiom: Powerful Leadership Proverbs by Bill Hybels

Enough. True Measures of Money, Business, and Life by John C. Bogle

The Game-Changer: How You Can Drive Revenue and Profit Growth with Innovation by A.G. Lafley and Ram Charan

Lead By Example: 50 Ways Great Leaders Inspire Results by John Baldoni

The Global Achievement Gap: Why Even Our Best Schools Don't Teach the New Survival Skills Our Children Need - and What We Can Do About It by Tony Wagner

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Here are a few biographies that we found had the power to correct, inspire and motivate.

Myself and Other More Important Matters by Charles Handy

The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life by Alice Schroeder

Inside Drucker's Brain by Jeffrey A. Krames

Posted by Michael McKinney at 12:22 AM
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