Useful books on leadership


The No Asshole Rule: Building a Civilized Workplace and Surviving One That Isn't by Bob Sutton. Review; based on the paperback edition

One of the best books on bad boss behavior. Dr. Sutton succinctly presents a guide to working with what he calls "assholes." Assholes in the workplace cause a tremendous amount of lost productivity from employees. From personal insults, public humiliation, and treating people like they are invisible, assholes have a number of tools at their disposal.  Sutton explains the prevelance of uncivilized behavior in the workplace and how this behavior makes people feel and the impact on business. He provides advice about identifying assholes and tips for dealing with them.Sutton also provides a guide for implementing The No Asshole rule in your company. The No Asshole Rule is a great starting point for understanding what it means to work in an uncivilized work environment. review based on hardcover edition

Another great read by Dr. Robert Sutton. In a world where people are getting tired of high-level leaders mistreating their own workforce and reaping the financial benefits, this book sums up the traits of both Good and Bad Bosses. This one is a follow up to his previous one, The No Asshole Rule. After receiving tremendous feedback from thousands of people, Sutton wrote this to answer some the most common questions from people about The No Asshole Rule. He explores three main questions: What do you need to do if you want to be a Good Boss? What can you do about a Bad Boss? And What are the main differences between a Good Boss and a Bad boss?  Godd Boss, Bad Boss answers these questions and more. Packed with tips and suggestions for being a Good Boss, he equally shines the spotlight on Bad Boss behaviors as well. 

Tame Your Terrible Office Tyrant: How to Manage Childish Boss Behavior and Thrive in Your Job by Lynn Taylor

The Cost of Bad Behavior: How Incivility Is Damaging Your Business and What to Do About It by Christine Pearson and Christine Porath review

If you are looking for a resource with loads a data about bad bosses and uncivilized behavior this is it. Pearson and Porath provide comprehensive research to back up the costs of bad behavior. Other books provide information about the "soft" effects of mistreating employees, but The Cost of Bad Behavior is rich with hard facts and data that quantify the losses companies experience when uncivil behavior is allow to exist.

The No Complaining Rule: Positive Ways to Deal with Negativity at Work by Jon Gordon

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The Leadership Challenge, 4th Edition by James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner review

For over 25 years The Leadership Challenge has been a source for leadership development. Kouzes and Posner provide readers a comprehensive guide to developing leadership skills in a easy to read and thought provoking way. If you are looking for a book to learn the foundations of leadership, The Leadership Challenge is a great resource. The 4th edition offers even more examples and stories than the previous versions. The most important aspects of leadership are covered here. Kouzes and Posner present a model of leadership and shows that leadership can be learned and developed. They have a proven model that is evidence-based and researched and validated over decades of experience. Every leader needs to read this book.

The 5 Levels of Leadership: Proven Steps to Maximize Your Potential by John C. Maxwell review

Clear and practical, The 5 Levels of Leadership by John Maxwell is a guide for all leaders at any level. Maxwell looks at leadership from the perspective of influence and how each leaders influence people depending on which level of leadership you are on. The five levels he discusses are: Position, Permission, Production, People Development, and Pinnacle. As you develop the skills in each level and learn to master them, you move up each level and gain more respect and leadership potential. This book is easy to read and full of useful ideas, stories and insight.


A New Breed of Leader: 8 Leadership Qualities That Matter Most in the Real World What Works, What Doesn't, and Why By Dr. Sheila Murray Bethel review

Dr. Sheila Murray Bethel provides a well-rounded leadership framework that is insightful, useful, and practical for everyday application. A New Breed of Leader provides a leader at any level a variety of questions that can help untangle the sometimes complex subject of leadership. This book is packed with real world ideas that you can put to use immediately. Central to her framework are 8 leadership qualities: competence, accountability, openness, language, values, perspective, power, and humility. These qualities are essential for any leader who wants to be more effective and get more from others. Dr. Sheila is one of the foremost experts in leadership, a best-selling author  of Making a Difference: 12 Qualities That Make You A Leader and an award-winning speaker. 


Leadership and Self-Deception: Getting out of the Box by Arbinger Institute review

If you are ready for an eye-opening book read Leadership and Self-Deception. Not for someone who thinks someone else is the problem. This book focuses on one person - you. The authors at Arbinger Institute present a leadership quality that should be taught as a primer before entering the world of business. Self-deception is something we do at times so no one is immune. Through an entertaining story and side stories you will have a much better understanding about why, you more than someone else, has more control over many of the problems you face with other people. This is a valuable book not only for business leaders, but for everyone. And understanding how our own self-deception contributes to problems gives the power back to us rather than feeling like a victim or blaming others for conflicts and misunderstandings we all have in life and business.


Primal Leadership: Learning to Lead with Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman, Richard Boyatzis, and Annie McKee review

If you really want to dig deeper into the emotional intelligence of leadership this is a must read. The authors clearly demonstrate the benefits of learning about the skills for efffective leadership. High emotional intellitgence (EQ) has been shown to be highly correalates with effective leadership. Leadership requires getting thins done through other people and having a clear understanding of yourself. The two main catagories of emotional intelligence are Self-Management and Social Relationships. The authors conclude that the skills of emotional intelligence can indeed be learned and practiced. But you have to start building these skills like you would build your muscles.