Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Best Leadership and Management Development Books 2008

No, I didn’t read them all. But I did spend a morning searching the net and reading reviews so you don’t have to. I looked at Amazon, Fast Company, Harvard Business Publishing, ASTD, Pfeiffer, BNET, BusinessWeek, The Financial Times, Borders, Leadership Now, the Center for Creative Leadership, Wharton Publishing, and a few other trusted sources.

Take a look at the best of 2008, and start off the New Year by adding at least one new book to your bookshelf.

Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else by Geoff Colvin

A Sense of Urgencyby John P. Kotter

Ahead of the Curve: Two Years at Harvard Business School
By Philip Delves Broughton

The Game-Changer: How You Can Drive Revenue and Profit Growth with Innovation by A.G. Lafley and Ram Charan

Lead by Example: 50 Ways Great Leaders Inspire Results by John Baldoni

Followership: How Followers Are Creating Change and Changing Leaders by Barbara Kellerman

It's Our Ship: The No-Nonsense Guide to Leadership
by Captain D. Michael Abrashoff

Leading with Kindness: How Good People Consistently Get Superior Results
by William F. Baker, Michael O'Malley,

Developing Leadership Talent, by David Berke, Michael E. Kossler, Michael Wakefield

Developing Great Managers: 20 “Power Hour” Conversations that Build Skills Fast, by Lisa Haneberg

Outliers: The Story of Success
by Malcolm Gladwell

Winners Never Cheat: Even in Difficult Times, New and Expanded Edition by Jon M. Huntsman

Leadership Gold: Lessons I've Learned from a Lifetime of Leading
by John C. Maxwell

More Than a Minute: How to Be an Effective Leader and Manager in Today's Changing World
by Holly G. Green

Leadership Lessons: 10 Keys to Success in Life and Business
by Greg J. Swartz, Julie K. Thorpe

Crucibles of Leadership: How to Learn from Experience to Become a Great Leader
by Robert J. Thomas

Total Leadership: Be a Better Leader, Have a Richer Life
by Stewart D. Friedman

Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions
by Dan Ariely

Did I miss any? Please leave a comment if you have one to add.


James Higham said...

Which one to start with, Dan?

Dan McCarthy said...

James -
Good question, James! I'd recommend starting with the titles, then reading the Amazon descriptions and reviews, and pick one that best meets your learning goals. Outliers is a current bestseller, is generating some buzz, and is pretty interesting.

Anonymous said...

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I am a regular reader of your Blog, I think it's one of the best Blog I have ever come across.
All your posts are very analytical and very very informative.
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Dan McCarthy said...

Debashish -
Thank-you, that's very kind of you. I appreciate all of my readers from India, and will do my best not to disappoint you.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing that list, Dan. I don't have a book to add, but I do have two suggestions. First, I think you'll find some synergy if you read Colvin's book and Gladwell's at the same time. Second, to answer the "where to start" question above, I have strong preference for Dan Ariely's Predictably Irrational. It has an astounding number of immediate and practical applications.

Dan McCarthy said...

Thanks, Wally, for that recommendation.

Anonymous said...


I am honored. Thank you very much for selecting my book, "Lead By Example" as a leadership book of the year. I appreciate it, and best wishes to you.

Dan McCarthy said...

On second thought, start with John's book. (:

Dan Richards said...

Hi Dan:

If you haven't read it already I'd suggest Mike Myatt's book "Leadership Matters...The CEO Survival Manual"

Real world advice minus the typical hype...

Prof. S. Balasubramanian said...

Dan, very interesting blog. I need a list of about 150 books that I can recommend for a two-year full time MBA degree. You have one? Can you email me at profsbala@gmail.com?

Dan McCarthy said...

Prof S. -
Wow, 150 books?! No, sorry, I don't.