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Leadership Reading List


Ariely, Dan. The (Honest) Truth about Dishonesty: How We Lie to Everyone—Especially Ourselves. New York: Harper Perennial, 2013. Print. 

Blanchard, Ken, and Phil Hodges. The Servant Leader. Nashville: HarperCollins Publishing, 2003. Print. 

Brafam, Ori. and Rod A. Beckstrom. The Starfish and the Spider. London: The Penguin Group, 2006. Print. 

Brook, David The Road to Character Random House Trade Paperbacks; 2016. Print 

Card, Orson Scott. Ender’s Game. Tom Doherty Associations, 1977. Print. 

Caslen, Robert The Character Edge: Leading and Winning with Integrity St. Martin’s Press; 2021. Print 

Catton, Bruce. Grant Takes Command Little, Brown & Co.; 1994. Print. 

Cohen, Eliot Supreme Command Anchor, 2003. 

Collins, Arthur S. Common Sense Training: A Working Philosophy for Leaders. Presidio Novato: Presidio Press, 2011. Print.  

Collins, Jim. Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap…And Others Don’t. London: Harper Business, 2001. Print.  

Covey, Stephen M.R. The Speed of Trust: The One Thing that Changes Everything. New York: Fress Press, 2006. Print.  

Covey, Stephen R. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change. Mango Media Inc., 2015. Print. 

Drucker, Peter. What Makes an Effective Executive (Harvard Business Review Classics). Harvard Business Review Press, 2017. Print. 

Duckworth, Angela. Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance. Simon and Schuster, 2016. Print. 

Frankl, Victor Man’s Search for Meaning. Beacon Press, 2006. Print.  

Frederick, Jim. Black Hearts: One Platoon’s Descent into Madness in Iraq’s Triangle of Death. Crown/Archetype, 2010. Print. 

Gates, Robert M. Passion for Leadership. Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 2017. Print. 

Gerras, Stephen J. and Leonard Wong. “Lying to Ourselves: Dishonesty in the Army Profession”. Strategic Studies Institute. United States Army War College Press. 2015. 

Gladwell, Malcolm. Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking. Little, Brown, 2007. Print. 

Gladwell, Malcolm. Outliers: The Story of Success. Little, Brown, 2008. Print. 

Goleman, Daniel, Primal Leadership, Realizing the Power of Emotional Intelligence, Harvard Business Review Press, 2013. Print 

Goodwin, Doris Kearns. Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln. Simon and Schuster, 2006. Print. 

Kahneman, Daniel. Thinking, Fast and Slow. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2011. Print. 

Kerr, James Legacy; What the All Blacks Can Teach Us About The Business of Life. Constable, United Kingdom. 2013. Print 

Kennedy, John F. Profiles in Courage. Harper and Row. 1961. Print 

Kotter, John P. Leading Change. Harvard Business School Press, 1996. Print. 

Kouzes, James M., and Barry Z. Posner. Credibility: How Leaders Gain and Lose It, Why People Demand It, Revised Edition, John Wiley & Sons, 2003. Print. 

Kouzes, James M., and Barry Z. Posner. The Leadership Challenge Workshop, Participant’s Workbook. John Wiley & Sons, 2005. Print. 

Marquet, L. David. Turn the Ship Around!: A True Story of Turning Followers into Leaders. Penguin, 2013. Print. 

Maxwell, John C. The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership: Follow Them and People Will Follow You. Thomas Nelson Inc, 2007. Print. 

Maxwell, John C. Good Leaders Ask Great Questions: Your Foundation for Successful Leadership. Center Street, 2014. Print. 

McChrystal, Stanley, Stanley A. McChrystal, Tantum Collins, Chris Fussell, and David Silverman. Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World. Penguin, 2015. Print. 

Myrer, Anton. Once an Eagle. Harper Collins, 2013. Print. 

Pressfield, Steven. Gates of Fire. Random House Publishing Group, 2007. Print. 

Pressfield, Steven. The Warrior Ethos. Black Irish Entertainment LLC, 2011. Print. 

Robertson, Donald How to Think Like a Roman Emperor: The Stoic Philosophy of Marcus Aurelius. St. Martin’s Press, 2019. Print. 

Shapira, Allison. Speak with Impact, How to Command the Room and Influence Others. Harper Collins Leadership, 2018. Print 

Sinek, Simon. Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action. Penguin, 2011. Print. 

Sinek, Simon. Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t. Penguin, 2014. Print. 

Stavridis, James The Leader’s Bookshelf, Naval Institute Press, 2017. Print. 

Stavridis, James Sailing True North, Naval Institute Press, 2020. Print. 

Taleb, Nassim Nicholas. The Black Swan: Second Edition: The Impact of the Highly Improbable Fragility. Random House Publishing Group, 2010. Print. 

Zinni, Tony. Leading the Charge: Leadership Lessons from the Battlefield to the Boardroom. St. Martin’s Press; 2009. Print.