Every summer I publish a reading list of leadership and management related books that I think my clients would enjoy. I use many of these books in my training, consulting and coaching. Others are books that have been recommended to me, or are of interest to me. Happy reading!


Spark:  How to Lead Yourself and Others to Greater Success
Angie Morgan, Courtney Lynch, Sean Lynch, Frederick Smith

Extreme Ownership:  How US Navy Seals Lead and Win
Jocko Willink, Leif Babin

Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts
Brené Brown

Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent and Lead
Brené Brown

Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull together and Others Don’t
Simon Sinek

Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups
Daniel Coyle

Grit:  The Power of Passion and Perseverance
Angela Duckworth


Retirement by Design: A Guided Workbook for Creating a Happy and Purposeful Future
Ida Abbott

Innovation and Design Thinking

The Simple Guide to Legal Innovation:  Basics Every Lawyer Should Know
Lucy Endel Bassli

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man
Emmanuel Acho

How to be an Antiracist
Ibram X Kendi

Full Dissidence: Notes from an Uneven Playing Field
Howard Bryant

Belonging at Work: Everyday actions you can take to cultivate an inclusive organization
Rhodes Perry

Understanding Bias/Decision Making

Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know
Adam Grant

Blind Spots:  Why we fail to do what’s right and what to do about it
Max Bazerman

Personal Growth/Development

Everything will be Okay: Life Lessons for Young Women
Dana Perino

What’s so Amazing About Grace?
Phillip Yancey

The Asshole Survival Guide:  How to Deal with People Who Treat You Like Dirt
Robert I. Sutton 

Beating the Impostor Syndrome
Portia Mount

How to Say Anything to Anyone: A Guide to Building Business Relationship That Really Work
Shari Harley

Cultivating Excellence: The Art, Science and Grit of High Performance in Business
Darryl Cross with William Cross

Leading Change

Leading Change
John P. Kotter

Immunity to Change: How to Overcome it and Unload the Potential in Yourself and Your Organization
Robert Kegan, Lisa Laskov Lahey


Brian Freeman