My Leadership Shelfie

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There are so many books that have played an integral role in my life and career that naming just a few seems…well…unjust! The ones I have chosen stand out because of their lasting impact.

Earth from Above – Yann Arthus-Bertrand
This high altitude photo essay-style collection unveils the world to fill you with awe, open your mind and provide perspective. Much of his work is available online but it not quite the same effect as the over-sized book! The tone is eco-friendly making it inspirational, controversial and a great counterpoint to many of the material pursuits of day-to-day business life. I like browsing this one just before I go to sleep after an intense day.

Good to Great – Jim Collins
I have used this 2001 cornerstone book to anchor strategic planning and leadership development for over 15 years. It contains some great models and analogies including the Hedgehog, Level Five Leadership and “Seats on the Bus”. These resonate so well with leaders that this book is often referenced in my Coaching and Strategic Planning conversations.

The Prince – Niccolò Machiavelli
The Prince was originally published in 1532 and studies how to gain, keep and use political power. Many things have changed since it was written but it is remarkable how much of this work still applies in the modern world. Being Italian, this book is a nostalgic favorite.

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team – Patrick Lencioni
High performing teams are essential today and this book provides an excellent way to understand what it takes to build and maintain them. I particularly like that it has a built-in diagnostic tool and some tips and techniques for making improvements. I usually supplement this book with the “Credibility Tree” from Stephen Covey Jr.’s – The Speed of Trust.

Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action – Simon Sinek
This 2009 publication was popularized by TED Talks on YouTube. It emphasizes the need to focus on understanding and communicating the underlying “Why” to truly empower and align people and teams. Reading the book itself may be redundant as the main ideas are very well presented in the online video!

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Mauro Meneghetti is a Director at WMC’s Calgary office. See his original LinkedIn article here.

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