At the tale (pun intended) end of summer I was asked to take on a lead volunteer role. Unbeknownst to me, I had just cracked open an inspiring read on leadership (please see below for more). Crazy coincidence? Or, is this the world’s way of sending me a message? Who knows. Either way this leads me to share with you my Fall reading list on the topic. As I start my journey exploring leadership, I have found a spectrum of literature, some that is universal and some that is suited for those who are like me, just dipping my toes in the water.
- Re-read or pick up the 25th anniversary edition of the Alchemist. If you have only 5 minutes, then read Paul Coelho’s blog post about why he wrote this New York Times Bestseller, you might be surprised. This novel depicts a boy’s journey to Egypt in search for treasure and finds his destiny in the process. I also came across the audio edition, read by Jeremy Irons, and saw the book in a totally different perspective.
- If you find yourself on the fence about a leadership path, you might find Eckart Etolle’s “Power of Now” to be helpful in the spiritual exploration of who you are meant to be by clearing the mind of clutter.
- For those starting out in leadership, I have found the following title to be very inspiring. Why? There seems to be a misconception of what leadership is, often confused with a sense of entitlement. In “Leaders Eat Last,” Simon Sinek not only debunks this myth, but also shares examples of the true meaning of sustainable leadership excellence that works.
- The quintessential reference on the topic brings to you HBR’s 10 Must Reads On Leardership. In the same series published by Harvard Business Review, you’ll find HBR’s 10 Must Reads On Strategy as well, which seems to go hand in hand with Leadership.
- For leaders looking to shake things up or feeling sucked into a black tunnel, these might be enlightening reads. A quick 5 minute read can be found on Business Insider.com http://www.businessinsider.com/better-leader-2014-4. Or, for a longer plane ride type of read, might I suggest: Robin Sharma’s “The Leader Who Had No Title” (worth re-reading if you already caught 2012’s reading list). Malcolm Gladwell illustrates how legends may not be what they seem in this latest title, “David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants,” (as seen in a recent TED talk) and this can be true of the humble side of leadership.