Eric Jacobson

Recommended Three Leadership Books

In General Leadership Skills, Leadership, Leadership Books, Leadership Education, Leadership Training, Management on June 30, 2010 at 8:08 pm

I always appreciate it when business experts tell me about great leadership books. 

Most recently, Leawood, KS-based business coach, Shawn Kinkade of Aspire Business Development, recommended these three leadership books that he also often recommends to his clients and those who want to improve their leadership skills:

  1. What Got You Here Won’t Get You There:  How Successful People Become Even More Successful, by Marshall Goldsmith.  “He wrote the book based on lots of real life work with top leaders.  It’s a good way to help clients recognize potential issues that might be holding them back from a leadership perspective,” said Kinkade.
  2. The Five Temptations of a CEO, by Patrick Lencioni. “This book is a great way to start a discussion with a business owner and CEO of a growing business.  Lencioni describes traps and issues I saw in the corporate world and that effect small business owners, as well,” explained Kinkade. 
  3. The Big Five for Life:  Leadership’s Greatest Secret, by John Strelecky.  “This is a book many people may not have heard of, but it includes a lot of great ideas for leaders.  The core concept is that the best work and the best workplaces are driven by people who wholeheartedly buy into the core values of the company they work for and are driven by a common shared purpose,”  said Kinkade. “The book explains that leadership is the ability to create the right situation to unlock that potential,” added Kinkade.
  1. Eric,

    Thanks for the write-up, all 3 of the books have powerful ideas, but they’re also all easy and enjoyable to read!


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