Go to your local library or a good bookshop and get one of the books listed below which deal with the different areas of leadership. Make sure that take the time to read it and consider setting aside a daily or weekly reading slot in your diary.

Recommended Reference Books

  • Performance Leadership: The Next Practices to Motivate Your People, Align Stakeholders, and Lead Your Industry; (2009) by Frank Buytendijk; McGraw-Hill - Full of case studies, practical examples, and unconventional thinking, this book will help you create better management processes and performance indicators that will help you make the most of your scorecards and strategic plans.
  • The 60 Second Leader: Everything You Need to Know About Leadership, in 60 Second Bites; (2007) by Phil Dourado; John Wiley & Sons (UK) - Whether you are the CEO of a public company or the head of your own little empire of one, this shortcut book offers a high impact, time-saving guide to the essentials of leadership.
  • The Secret Language of Leadership: How Leaders Inspire Action Through Narrative (2007) by Stephen Denning; John Wiley & Sons (US) - With lucid explanations, vivid examples and practical tips, this book introduces the concept of narrative intelligence and shows why it is key to the central task of leadership, what its dimensions are, and how you can measure it.
  • Seven Zones for Leadership: Acting Authentically in Stability and Chaos; (2001) by Robert Terry; Consulting Psychologists Press - Let this guide help you discover the value of instituting systems to support your company's goals.
  • The 7 Heavenly Virtues of Leadership; (2003) by Carolyn Barker and Robyn Coy (eds); McGraw-Hill Australia - This book draws together eight accomplished management thinkers to explore the quintessential leadership virtues of humility, courage, integrity, compassion, humor, passion and wisdom.
  • The Center for Creative Leadership Handbook of Leadership Development; (1998) by Cynthia D. McCauley (ed), Russ S. Moxley (ed) and Ellen Van Velsor (ed); John Wiley & Sons - Written for those organization members striving to devise and execute development processes, this assessment highlights maximizing potential and developing higher management-level positions for women and people of colour, and more.
  • Growing Leaders; (2001) by Steve Yearout, Gerry Miles and Richard Koonce; ASTD - Provides company leaders with tips and tricks to enhance leadership communities within organizations.
  • The Heart and Soul of Leadership; (2002) by Carolyn Barker (ed); McGraw-Hill Australia - In this text, today's most accomplished academics and professional managers explore current and evolving concepts of leadership in Australia to discover that leadership is a reflection of the values and beliefs of the leader.
  • Quality Leadership: Standards of Leadership Behaviour; (2008) by Richard W. Leatherman; Human Resource Development Press - Explaining basic leadership tasks in a simple, step-by-step manner, this practical manual addresses today's need for quality performance and gives techniques for handling a wide array of employee problems.
  • Leaders: Start to Finish: A Road Map for Developing and Training Leaders at all Levels; (2005) by Anne Bruce; ASTD - For any organization determined to build world-class leaders in today's competitive marketplace, this is a hands-on, how-to, no-nonsense reference and informative guide for developing and training leadership in cutting-edge environments, large and small.
  • Women and Leadership: The State of Play and Strategies for Change; (2007) by Barbara Kellerman and Deborah L. Rhode (eds); John Wiley & Sons (US) - Offering readers an informed analysis of the state of women and leadership, this groundbreaking book is indispensable for understanding recent progress toward equal opportunity and the challenges that remain.
  • Leader of the Future: New Visions, Strategies, and Practices for the Next Era; (1996) by Frances Hesselbein (ed), Richard Beckhard (ed) and Marshall Goldsmith (eds); John Wiley & Sons - A fascinating collection of essays about the future, about leadership, and about the way our world is changing.
  • Leading Leaders: How to Manage Smart, Talented, Rich, and Powerful People; (2005) by Jeswald W. Salacuse; AMACOM - Rather than relying on top-down processes that may apply in a typical leadership hierarchy, this book shows how to develop one-on-one, up-close-and-personal relationships with influential people and how to leverage their expertise toward strong results.
  • Authentic Leadership: Courage in Action; (1993) by Robert W. Terry; John Wiley & Sons - This reference provides a practical set of tools and guides that leaders can use to enhance their everyday leadership action.
  • Leadership that Matters: The Critical Factors for Making a Difference in People's Lives and Organizations' Success; (2003) by Marshall Sashkin and Molly G. Sashkin; Berrett-Koehler Publishers - This instructional text promotes leadership that not only improves productivity and performance but also makes a positive difference in the lives of organization members.
  • Leadership Made Simple: Practical Solutions to Your Greatest Management Challenges; (2007) by Ed Oakley and Doug Krug; CornerStone Leadership Institute - Outlining principles that will help create a communicative, collaborative environment where solutions will evolve from the people closest to the issue, this book offers an easy-to-use process that will help you produce immediate and tangible results.
  • Leadership Lexicon: A Handbook of Leadership Competencies with Skills and Development Actions; (2005) by Rick Bellingham and William O'Brien; Human Resource Development Press - Written for busy leaders with little time on the job to devote to improving their effectiveness, this handbook is packed with concrete behaviors for becoming the type of leader others follow.
  • The Handbook of Leadership Development Evaluation; (2007) by Kelly M. Hannum, Jennifer W. Martineau and Claire Reinelt (eds); John Wiley & Sons (US) - Filled with examples, tools, and the most innovative models and approaches designed to evaluate leadership development in a variety of settings, this practical guide will help you answer the most common questions about leadership development efforts.
  • The Leadership Training Activity Book: 50 Exercises for Building Effective Leaders; (2005) by Lois B. Hart and Charlotte S. Waisman; AMACOM - Featuring modules designed for beginning to advanced skill levels, this unique book provides trainers with a wide range of activities to teach and apply the most critical leadership competencies participants need, such as trust, vision, values, and more.
  • 25 Legendary Leadership Activities; (2008) by Peter R. Garber; Human Resource Development Press - Challenging, fun and a must read in your legendary leadership journey, this book is packed with activities, assessments, questionnaires and charts designed to ensure you are remembered as a good - or even great - leader.
  • The Leadership Challenge, Fourth Edition; (2008) by James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner; John Wiley & Sons (US) - Offering inspiring stories of real people achieving extraordinary results, this trusted resource reveals practices leaders use to transform values into actions, visions into realities, obstacles into innovations, separateness into solidarity, and more.
  • "Leading Change: Why Transformations Fail"; (1995) by J. Kotter; Harvard Business Review.
  • "Harnessing the Science of Persuasion"; (October 2001) by Robert B. Cialdini; Harvard Business Review.
  • Influencing People; (1999) by J. Rogers: AMACON.
  • Strategic Organizational Change: A Practitioner's Guide for Managers and Consultants; (2002) by John P. Kotter and Dan Cohen; Harvard Business School Press.
  • The Heart of Change Field Guide; (2005) by Dan Cohen; Harvard Business Scholl Press.
  • Leading Change; (1996) by John Kotter; Harvard Business School Press.
  • Harnessing the Science of Persuasion; ( October 2001) by Robert Cialdini; Harvard Business Review.
  • The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People; (1999) by Stephen Covey; Simon and Schuster
  • In Over Our Heads: The Mental Demands of Modern Life; (1994) by R. Kegan; Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press..

Recommended Skill Briefs (available through UNSkillport.com)

  • The Three Leadership Roles: Explore the three leadership roles.
  • The Three Myths Regarding Leadership: Explore the three myths regarding leadership.
  • Four Leadership Styles: Explore four leadership styles.
  • Four Leadership Roles: Explore four leadership roles.
  • Progressive Leadership: Study the activities that will make you a progressive leader.
  • Leadership Practice: Explores two successful leadership practices.
  • Five Styles of Leadership: Explore five different styles of leadership you can use.
  • Applying Leadership Skills: Learn how to apply your leadership skills to achieve success.
  • Developing Exceptional Leadership Skills: Learn to focus on yourself to become an exceptional leader.
  • Identifying Leadership Characteristics: Learn about characteristics required of today's leaders.
  • Understanding Levels of Leadership: Explore leadership roles in a learning organization
  • Understanding Leadership During Change: Learn to redesign your leadership approach to manage change.
  • Models and Styles of Effective Leadership: Apply leadership models and styles to various situations.
  • Leadership Theory: Explore five popular leadership theories.
  • Strong Leadership and Successful Teams: Learn how strong leadership can strengthen a team.
  • Supportive Leadership: Learn about supportive leadership

Other Reference Books

  • Transform Your Management Style (1998) by H. Walmsley published by Kogan Page
  • The Human Equation (1998) by J. Pfeffer published by Harvard Business School Press
  • Administration De Personal Por Objectives (1973) by G.S. Odiorne published by Diaria (Spanish)
  • Guide du Management dans le Service Pub by S. Alecian and D. Foucher published by Organization (French)
  • Invitation a une Philosophie du Management by B. Jarrosson published by Calmann-Levy (French)


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