Recommended Reading

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


Schein(2010) - This is the best book ever written on organizational culture. Schein taught at MIT for over 40 years.
Available at ISBN 978-0-470-19060-9


Senge(2006) - Great book on organizational dynamics. Senge also is a long-time professor at MIT.
Available at ISBN 978-0385517256


Northouse(2015) - The standard textbook on leadership theory - used in grad schools everywhere.

Available at ISBN: 978-1483317533


Cain (2013) - 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.

Available at ISBN: 978-0307352156
McGonigal (2015)

McGonigal (2015) - A must read on dealing with stress from Stanford Professor Kelly McGonigal.

Available at ISBN: 978-1583335611
Ivancevich et al. (2014)

Ivancevich, Konopaske, and Matteson (2014) - A great and readable textbook on Organizational Behavior for training new managers.

Available at ISBN: 978-0078029462
Kouzes & Posner (2012)

Kouzes & Posner (2012) - A great book on how to think about leadership based on their massive, 30 year research effort.

Available at ISBN: 978-0470651728
Bennis (2009)

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

Available at ISBN: 978-0465014088


Bennis, W. (2009). On Becoming a Leader (Rev. ed.). Philadelphia, PA: Perseaus.

Cain, S. (2012). Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking. New York, NY: Crown Publishers.

Kouzes, J. M. & Posner, B. Z. (2012). The Leadership Challenge: How to Make Extraordinary Things Happen in Organizations (5th ed.). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Ivancevich, J. M., Konopaske, R., & Matteson, M. T. (2014). Organizational Behavior & Management (10th ed.). New York, NY: Mc Graw Hill.

Northouse, P.G. (2015). Leadership: Theory and practice (7th ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

McGonigal, K. (2015). The upside of stress: Why stress is good for you, and how to get good at it. New York, NY: Avery Penguin Random House.

Schein, E.H. (2010). Organizational culture and leadership (4th ed.). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Senge, P. M. (2006). The fifth discipline: The art and practice of the learning organization. (Revised). New York, NY: Doubleday.