In the TomorrowToday UK team’s ezine newsletter last Friday, we gave an excellent list of books that leaders should be reading. Have you read any of these? If so, what did you think of them? What else would you add to this list?

The following books have been recommended by some of the top leadership development experts that I know (and I have read most of them, and agree):

  • The practice of adaptive leadership (a practical guide to ‘knowing what to do when you don’t know what  to do’) – Buy at ; ;
  • Leadership and the New Science: Discovering Order in a Chaotic World (a paradigm shifting book and as such a classic)  – Buy at ; ;

The key to the following recommendations is that they focus on inside out leadership – i.e. leadership is ‘who we are’ not ‘what we do’:

Other good reads:

And finally… leaders should regularly read ‘non-leadership’ leadership books.  These include philosophy, anthropology, bios, history and the like.  So much of the ‘distilled’ leadership literature is weak, and it therefore makes sense for business leaders to read something outside the norm and then do some of your own thinking! 

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