Recommended Reading

If you're interested in sharpening your leadership skills, here are some books I recommend that you read.



Schein(2010)

Edgar Schein's Organizational Culture and Leadership - This is the best book ever written on organizational culture. Schein taught at MIT for over 40 years.
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Northouse (2013) Northouse (2015)

Peter Northouse's Leadership: Theory and Practice - The standard textbook on leadership theory - used in grad schools everywhere.

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James Kouze's and Barry Posner's The Leadership Challenge . A great book which will help new engineering managers become true leaders. Kouzes and Posner's work is based on their massive, 30 year research effort in which they gathered over 700,000 surveys.

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Yukl (2013)

Gary Yukl's graduate level textbook Leadership in Organizations. This is a great textbook to use to train new managers on both leadership and management.


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Robert Greenleaf's Servant Leadership: A Journey into the Nature of Legitimate Power and Greatness.. This is the book that introduced the term Servant Leadership into the modern leadership vocabulary.

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Ivancevich (2014)

Ivancevich, Konopaske, and Matteson's Organizational Behavior and Management is a great and readable textbook on Organizational Behavior for training new managers.

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Edgar Schein's Humble Inquiry describes an essential new approach to interacting with others. This is one of my favorite books.



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Susan Cain's Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking . A great book that can help you understand introverts. Most engineers are introverts - if you're leading engineers, you might want to understand what that means.

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Edgar Schein's Humble Leadership: The Power of Relationships, Openness, and Trust describes Schein's new leadership model. This is a game-changer.

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Father and son, Thom and Jesse Rainer's The Millennials: Connecting to America's Largest Generation describes their insightful research on the millennial generation. Read this if you manage millennials.

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Ira Chaleff's The Courageous Follower is a great book to introduce you to Followership theory


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MIT professor Peter Senge's The Fifth Discipline: The Art & Practice of The Learning Organization integrates ideas from the automatic control theory with organizational theory

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Stanford professor Kelly McGonigal's The Upside of Stress: Why Stress Is Good for You, and How to Get Good at It - This book will forever change how you think about Stress.

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Bennis (2009) - A great read on becoming a leader by one of USC's finest.


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The books above are amazing. You won't regret reading any of them.