Getting people to work together for a common purpose is what leadership is all about.  Easy to say, hard to do sometimes.  I have found the books below to be hugely helpful in understanding how to meet this challenge, whether its one-on-one conversations that teach or motivate, or leadership of large groups that need inspiration and direction.

These books paint a clear picture of how you can become more skillful at influencing your teammates to get things done together, strengthen the bonds of trust, and build a legacy of great leaders that will carry your organization successfully forward.

These are the books that I recommend to close friends. I hope you find them as helpful as I did.  Click the links for more reviews over on Amazon.

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It Worked for Me:  In Life and Leadership

General and Secretary of State Colin Powell shares a wealth of leadership knowledge through interesting stories and penetrating insights into the art of working with people to get things done.  His 13 Rules are an excellent foundation for any leader. Check out my Book Notes about his view that having problems is a good thing.

The New One Minute Manager

Short, sweet, practical.  Gives you solid tools to use when working with others in three key areas:  setting goals, praising, and reprimanding.  If you are looking for a place to start as a new leader, start with this.

Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action

Some companies are able to inspire and motivate a loyal following, while others are not.  Learn their secrets of success and how you can use them to lead your own teams.  Clearly written, pragmatic, revealing.  You can find more about this excellent work in my book notes.

Turn the Ship Around!: A True Story of Turning Followers into Leaders

Follow a submarine Captain as he turns convention on its head and shows how to tap into the strengths of everyone on the team.  His practical tips equip you with the tools you need to empower and energize your whole crew.  The larger your team, the more you need to read this.

Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don't

A captivating study of successful businesses that stand the test of time, and the leadership approaches that made them winners.  Full of stories, practical insights, and surprising conclusions about what effective leadership really is.  Also check out my book notes on this great work.

Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

A really engrossing look into the idea of motivation and what makes us do what we do.  Among the interesting conclusions: carrot/stick is not your best option, money doesn't motivate as much as you might think, but we all have an internal drive that skillful leaders can tap into to get amazing things done.  My Book Notes about it here.

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

Chances are, half of the people on your team are introverts, slow to speak up.  But quiet does not mean incapable; often they are also the most creative and insightful.  This book explores the dynamics of how introverts operate in the world and how we as leaders can tap into their strengths. My Book Notes about it here.

Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don't

Simon Sinek explores the long-standing military custom that leaders eat last, and broadens it's application to all aspects of leadership.  Follow his thoughts to build deep trust, loyalty, and teamwork among your people.  My Book Notes about it here.

Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, asks why men still hold the vast majority of leadership positions in government and industry, then provides practical and compelling thoughts for both men and women to take to heart to make sure we are getting the best from all parts of the work force.  My Book Notes about it here.

Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion, Revised Edition

A deep, scientific, and really interesting look at why people say "yes" and how to use that knowledge to influence.  Explores everything from the "Good Cop-Bad Cop" approach to concepts of reciprocity, scarcity, and social proof.  Next time you talk with a salesperson, you'll be thinking, "I know what you're doing..."  

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