Community Reading – Q3 2013

Highlighted below are books members of Authentic Leadership Dallas have read. If you are a member of Authentic Leadership Dallas and would like to highlight a book you read, please submit it through our contact form. We will update this page until the end of the quarter and then start a new one for the next quarter.

The Essential Drucker: The Best of Sixty Years of Peter Drucker’s Essential Writings on Management (Collins Business Essentials) by Peter Drucker.

Summary by Joe Merritt:  It is a collection of essays on management from various points in his career. Drucker wrote mostly in the day when the term management was used instead of leadership. His writings seem to address the nuts and bolts of upper management and leadership more than the typical conceptual style of writing that is more prevalent in the current era. Even though he was writing in the latter half of the 20th century, the lessons contained in the essays are still fundamentally relevant in the 21st century.

Ten Powerful Phrases for Positive People by Rich Devos

Summary by Tal Shnall:  These 10 “magic” phrases from the chairman of the NBA’s Orlando Magic, Richard M. DeVos, are valuable in business and in daily life. He motivates the reader with simple but life-changing practical lessons rooted in his real-life experience. I thought these are great phrases for leaders to practice. Phrases like: “I am sorry, I was wrong.“ | “You can do it!”| “I believe in you!” | I’m proud of you.” | “Thank you!” | “I need you! | “I trust you!” |“I respect you.” | “I love you!”

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Stephen Covey.

Summary by Tal Shnall:  An All-time favorite of mine! Life Lessons from the great teacher Stephen Covey. One of the best personal development books that changed my life. Very effective with organizations, communities and families. Covey convinces us that leadership is a matter of character and paradigm shifts to make us live a better more meaningful life.

Developing the Leader Within You / Developing the Leaders Around You (Signature Edition, 2 Best-selling Books in 1 Volume) by John Maxwell.

Summary by Tal Shnall: John Maxwell is one of my favorite authors and mentors. This book is a must for all leaders who want to lead themselves and than develop the people around us. John Maxwell gives great life-time experiences and inspiration on how we can develop and grow as a leaders.  Maxwell is emphasizing that an organization can’t grow until its members grow.

Developing the Leaders Around You: How to Help Others Reach Their Full Potential by John Maxwell

Summary by Tal Shnall:  Another John Maxwell favorite that teaches relationships are at the heart of every positive human experience. Maxwell, a great communicator and relational expert, makes learning about relationships accessible to everyone. If you want to win with people, this is the book for you. Not only in the work place but at home and your community.

You Don’t Need a Title to Be a Leader: How Anyone, Anywhere, Can Make a Positive Difference by Mark Sanborn

Summary by Tal Shnall:  Mark Sanborn shows us how we can lead and make a difference in our lives without having a position or a title. Everyone can make a positive impact. There common themes that every leader shares such as genuine concern for others, building relationships, looking for ways to make contributions, and creating a legacy of accomplishment. Great easy read.

Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? by Seth Godin

Summary by Krista Kotrla:  Lynchpin is inspiration for the reluctant leader in all of us. It is a call to action to be bravely extraordinary and bring value to others. It’s about making a difference and leading without a title.

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

Summary by Krista Kotrla:  Turn the Ship Around is a true story of how a nuclear submarine captain took his crew from worst to first by creating a leadership mentality in every individual. In the most unlikely and dangerous environment to test a new leadership theory, David Marquet, transformed his crew with a leadership culture and this book reveals the mechanisms he used that any leader can begin applying in their own workplace.

The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else In Business by Patrick Lencioni

Summary by Krista Kotrla:  Organizational culture is all the rage these days because it is becoming more and more apparent that culture makes and breaks truly successful companies. The Advantage is a “how to” for any leader looking to intentionally build a great culture and how to make that happen.

Leadership and the Art of Struggle: How Great Leaders Grow Through Challenge and Adversity by Steven Snyder.

Summary by Jon Mertz:  Leaders face many challenges and struggles yet not much is written directly of it. Steven does a solid job of outlining practices and scenarios to be better positioned to lead through our challenges.

Harder Than I Thought: Adventures of a Twenty-First Century Leader by Robert D. Austin

Summary of Jon Mertz: This book is very well done. It is written as a story, and it highlights how an incoming CEO navigates troubled industry waters and deals with team members. It builds suspense while highlighting the life of a CEO and all it entails — the good, the bad, and the ugly. Reading this book is a great way to get a solid glimpse into what it is like to be a CEO.


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