Here you will find a selection of recommended books by topic:
Coaching for Performance – John Whitmore
Secrets of a CEO Coach – D. A. Benton
Develop Your NLP Skills – Andrew Bradbury
Great introduction to the ideas of NLP, very short and easy to get into. Includes mirroring, matching, pacing, leading, re-framing and reading eye movement.
Simplicity – Edward DeBono
Puts forward to concept that we should aim for simplicity not value complexity. A foundation for the principle of effective communication, to be read and taken very seriously!
The Most Important Conversation Is the One You’re Not Having – Susan E. Greene
The Power of Communication – Helio Fred Garcia
The Future Arrived Yesterday: The Rise of the Protean Corporation and What It Means for You – Michael S. Malone
Who Moved My Cheese – Dr. Spencer Johnson
Six Thinking Hats – Edward DeBono
DeBono’s famous book about thinking styles. He suggests we need to use 6 different thinking styles to reach effective decisions. Each style is a separate unique way of considering the issue.
Developing the Leader Within You – John C. Maxwell
John Maxwell does a great job in describing the right mindset for a leader. One who has confidence to delegate and let their people get on with the job (and coaching them along the way).
Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done – Larry Bossidy, Ram Charan, Charles Buck, Clare Smith
Larry Bossidy’s approach to leadership is well suited for virtual leaders. His people first and follow-up approaches are really key for being an effective leader.
First, Break All the Rules – Marcus Buckingham
Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-free Productivity – David Allen
David Allen’s advice on “Outcomes”and “Next Actions”is powerful for individuals and organisations.
Intelligent Leadership – Alan Hooper & John Potter
Excellent summary of concepts of leadership and management. Draws on many sources to create a really comprehensive account.
Leaders: Strategies for Taking Charge – Warren Bennis
The Effective Executive – Peter F. Drucker
The Four Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive – Patrick Lencioni
The Five Pillars of TQM – General Bill Creech
The Heart of a Leader – Ken Blanchard
The Leadership Secrets of Colin Powell – Oren Harari
The One Thing You Need to Know – Marcus Buckingham
Saving Big Blue: Leadership Lessons & Turnaround Tactics of IBM’s Lou Gerstne – by Robert Slater
Psycho-Cybernetics – Maxwell Maltz
See You at the Top – Zig Ziglar
The One Minute Millionaire – Mark Victor Hansen
The Success Principles – Jack Canfield
Change Your Questions, Change Your Life: 10 Powerful Tools for Life and Work – Marilee Adams
Emotional Intelligence – Daniel Goleman
Seminal book introducing the concept of EQ vs IQ. Considers all aspects of life including business, relationships, family and education.
How to Stop Worrying and Start Living – Dale Carnegie
This key work by Dale Carnegie helps with stress, work and attitude control.
How to Win Friends and Influence People – Dale Carnegie
Voted business book of the 20th Century, this is the most important text to develop human relations techniques as well as leadership behaviours. Please note it was written in the 1930’s but is still a very accessible read and is written with lots of examples.
The 80/20 Individual: How to Accomplish More by Doing Less – Richard Koch