I am often asked for my reading recommendations. In my previous post - Prussian is an Acquired Taste, I identified that at times reading lists can be more like a catalogue of accomplishments than a list of texts that will encourage personal professional development. We can be caught in the trap of displaying the books we have read (or not read) as a trophy instead of a recommendation to people of what to read.
The following are books that I constantly refer to in coaching sessions and give as gifts to colleagues and clients. Over the coming months, I will expand on each of this and give a brief overview as to why I think these books are relevant to the frontline leader.
- Turn the Ship Around - A true story of turning followers into leaders - David Marquet
- Leading on the Edge - Extraordinary Stories and Leadership Insights From the Worlds Most Extreme Workplace - Rachael Robertson
- You Win in the Locker Room First - The 7 C’s to Build a Winning Team in Business, Sports, and Life - Jon Gordon and Mike Smith
- Leaders Eat Last - Why some teams pull together and others don’t - Simon Sinek
- The Mission, the Men, and Me: Lessons from a Former Delta Force Commander - Peter Blaber
- Legacy - James Kerr
- Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World - Gen Stanley McChrystal
- One Mission: How Leaders Build A Team Of Teams - Chris Fussell
- About Face - Colonel David Hackworth
- Extreme Ownership - Jocko Willink and Leif Babin
- Dichotomy of Leadership - Jocko Willink and Leif Babin
- Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage - Alfred Lansing
- The Coach. A Season with Ron Barassi - John Powers