Leadership Books We Recommend

Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni

Lencioni uses a fictional tale to deliver some hard truths about leadership, managing change, leading teams, and implementing critical business procedures.The book is a quick and easy read and content rich. The fable leads the reader through a workplace scenario and introduces Lencioni's five dysfunctions (absence of trust, fear of conflict, lack of commitment, avoidance of accountability, and inattention to results).The book also includes a questionnaire for readers to use in evaluating their own teams and specifics to help them understand and overcome these common shortcomings. The book also offers solutions to guide leaders through challenging workplace situations.

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Start Something That Matters by Blake Mycoskie

Blake Mycoskie founded TOMS Shoes with a simple business model: "With every pair you purchase, TOMS will give a pair of new shoes to a child in need. One for One." Several years later TOMS launched its second One for One product, TOMS Eyewear, which with every pair purchased helps give sight to a person in need by providing medical treatment, prescription glasses, or sight-saving surgery. This book, Start Something that Matters is a great read, for leaders and social profit organizations. Mycoskie shares information about creating a compelling vision, engaging champions and having a plan to support the vision becoming a reality, and in his case, a movement.

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Reality Check: Straight Talk about Sponsorship MarketingBy Brent Barootes

This is a must have book for organizations. It is a practical guide to help Social Profit who are seeking productive sponsor relationships. Reality Check is clearly written and easy to follow. The book outlines all the critical steps to understanding sponsorship and developing relationships, as well as understanding your organization’s assets, how to position your project to a sponsor, what to include in a proposal and the mistakes you want to ensure you avoid. The book also contains practical exercises help to ensure the concepts are relevant to your particular situation and easy to apply.

This comprehensive sponsorship reference includes:
- Inventory and Valuation
- Finding your best prospects
- Discovery session how-tos
- Proposals that work
- Activation tips
- Fulfillment guidelines and so much more.

Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and PurposeBy Brent Barootes and Janet Gadeski

In Delivering Happiness, Tony Hsieh - the CEO of Zappos, the online shoe retailer - - explains how he created a corporate culture with a commitment to service that aims to improve the lives of its employees, customers, vendors, and backers. Using anecdotes and stories from his own life experiences, and from other companies, Hsieh provides concrete ways that companies can achieve unprecedented success. He details many of the unique practices at Zappos, such as their philosophy of allocating marketing money into the customer experience, the importance of Zappos's Core Values ("Deliver WOW through Service"), and the reason why Zappos's number one priority is company culture and his belief that once you get the culture right, everything else - great customer service, long-term branding - will happen on its own. Finally, Delivering Happiness explains how Zappos employees actually apply the Core Values to improving their lives outside of work, proving that creating happiness and record results go hand-in-hand. (credit Amazon).

Success Principles: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to BeBy Jack Canfield and Janet Switzer

The Success Principles is a book of 64 principles to success. The principles range from building relationships to communication, to leading others, being on purpose, setting goals and more. This book is an easy read and very useful as a team building tool or personal coaching resource. There are also activities in the book that are suitable for team meetings and employee coaching sessions.

Effective Coaching: Lessons from the Coach's CoachBy Myles Downey

Great leaders coach their employees, it is a powerful way to retain corporate knowledge in an organization, as knowledge is transferred through the coaching conversations. Great leaders also coach their employees to develop their skills, enhance their confidence and progress in their career. This book is a pragmatic guide that outlines the many benefits of coaching in order to create a working environment for individuals and organizations and valuable tips to ensure that both fulfill their full potential.

Bold: How to Go Big, Create Wealth and Impact the WorldBy Peter H. Diamandis

Bryan from fusesocial states ""the World’s biggest problems = the world's biggest opportunities …" This book talks about wealth generation which translates to social equally well.

Simply put, this book is described as a radical, how-to guide for using exponential technologies, moonshot thinking, and crowd-powered tools to create extraordinary wealth while also positively impacting the lives of billions. Bold is both a manifesto and a manual. It is today’s exponential entrepreneur’s go-to resource on the use of emerging technologies, thinking at scale, and the awesome power of crowd-powered tools.

Crucial Conversations Tools for Talking When Stakes Are HighBy Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, and Al Switzler

This is one of the books FuseSocial team member Diane recommends. The first edition of Crucial Conversations exploded onto the scene and revolutionized the way millions of people communicate in difficult situations and when stakes are high. This new edition of the book gives readers the tools to:

  • Prepare for high-stakes situations
  • Transform anger and hurt feelings into powerful dialogue
  • Make it safe to talk about almost anything
  • Be persuasive, not abrasive

A great book for leaders, supervisors and board members.

Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters MostBy Douglas Stone, Bruce Patton, Sheila Heen

Diane at FuseSocial recommends this book, it is a great resource to help leaders and their teams communicate more effectively. Here’s the book description from Amazon:

"We attempt or avoid difficult conversations every day-whether dealing with an underperforming employee, disagreeing with a spouse, or negotiating with a client. From the Harvard Negotiation Project, the organization that brought you Getting to Yes, Difficult Conversations provides a step-by-step approach to having those tough conversations with less stress and more success. you'll learn how to:

  • Decipher the underlying structure of every difficult conversation
  • Start a conversation without defensiveness
  • Listen for the meaning of what is not said
  • Stay balanced in the face of attacks and accusations
  • Move from emotion to productive problem solving"

Turn Your Message into a MovementSpecial Report By Charmaine Hammond

To determine your clear and compelling message, use the 5WH Approach. Answering these questions will help you create your clear and compelling message.

  • What is the message?
  • What is/are the stories behind the message?
  • Why is this message to important to you?
  • What inspired you to share this message with the world?
  • Who needs to hear this message?

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