Leadership is much more than just getting to call the shots and tell other people what to do. Becoming a capable leader requires rigorous practice and deep reflection. Here are three books — two brand-new and one that has proven to be an instant classic — that will help you become a better leader, no matter how good you already are.
MULTIPLIERS: HOW THE BEST LEADERS MAKE EVERYONE SMARTER BY LIZ WISEMAN > JUNE 2010
Some leaders make everyone smarter and multiply the effectiveness of their teams while others diminish the talent and intelligence of those around them. There are five critical capacities that separate one type of leader from the other, and this book holds up an unforgiving mirror for you to see exactly what areas you need to work on. Once you know the characteristics of multipliers and diminishers, you’ll recognize them everywhere.
HOW TO BE A LEADER BY MARTIN BJERGEGAARD AND COSMINA POPA > FORTHCOMING, AUGUST 2016
The foundation for your leadership is your own self-awareness. If you don’t believe that, this book is a must-read. Full of engaging stories, mind-expanding insights, and practical instructions for upping your leadership game, this book will convince you that leadership is not simply a title — it’s a moment-by-moment choice. Know thyself more deeply and watch your abilities grow.
AN EVERYONE CULTURE: BECOMING A DELIBERATELY DEVELOPMENTAL ORGANIZATION BY ROBERT KEGAN AND LISA LASKOW LAHEY > MARCH 2016
Ready to play in the big leagues? This book by two education researchers from Harvard is a profile of what are probably the three most advanced corporate cultures in America (and no, you probably haven’t heard of them). What it takes to grow into the role of leader in those cultures represents a humblingly high bar for vulnerability and growth that transcends the personal/professional divide. Could it be that workplaces can become the ultimate forum to help people become greater than they think possible? Read this book to find out.