In business, the key to doing well is often thinking well. For entrepreneurs who take on the overwhelming task of creating and then sustaining something from nothing, there is no such thing as too much motivation. Here are some recommended reads on the topic of leadership.
The Power to Transform: Passion, Power, and Purpose in Daily Life- Chris Majer, founder and former CEO of Sportsmind and now Founder of The Human Potential Project, tackles the idea of what impedes success. With practical tips regarding avoiding the pitfalls of productivity, Mr. Majer encourages leaders to improve both the culture and infrastructures of their businesses by listening to their employees, discarding rigid policies, and encouraging innovation. This is a quick read for the busy transformative leader.
On Becoming a Leader- Warren Bennis is widely regarded as the pioneer of the contemporary field of leadership. Though one of the older books on this list, this book is a key component as it draws on hundreds of interviews from leaders in a multiplicity of industries including philosophers, scientists and entertainers. For a beginner still feeling out what type of leader they are, this book provides the widest range of thoughts on and applications of leadership.
Closing the Execution Gap- Drawing on his 25 years of experience serving as a consultant to Fortune 500 companies such as Coca-Cola and Johnson & Johnson, Rick Lepsinger presents his findings regarding why some companies fail to execute. He identifies five elements of effective execution and six "Bridge Builders" that leaders at all levels can use to close the execution gap. Full of real world case studies, this is a very practical guide to realizing the vision you create.
Take advantage of the cold fall weather and snuggle up with one of these books. They are sure to put the fire back into your business.