Recommended Reading

The following books and article are recommended for review, reference and in some cases, reading end to end. You can review in more depth by clicking on the title which will link you to They are grouped into the following areas: Leadership, Personal Development, Spiritual Development, Interpersonal Skills, Team Building & Performance and Change.


Albright, Mary and Carr, Clay. 101 Biggest Mistakes Managers Make and How to Avoid Them. New York: Prentice Hall, 1997.

Block, Peter. The Empowered Manager: Positive Political Skills at Work. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1991.

Buckingham, Marcus and Coffman, Curt. Break All the Rules: What the World's Greatest Managers Do Differently. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1999.

Collins, Jim. Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don't. New York: Harper Collins, 2001.

Cooper, Robert K, and Sawaf, Ayman. Executive EQ: Emotional Intelligence in Leadership and Organizations. New York: Putnam Adult, 1997.

Covey, Stephen R. Principle-Centered Leadership. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1992.

Goleman, Daniel; MacCoby, Michael; Davenport, Thomas; Beck, John C.; Clampa, Dan and Watkins, Michael. What Makes A Leader?. Boston, Mass: Harvard Business School Press, 2001.

Goleman, Daniel; Boyatzis, Richard and McKee, Annie. Primal Leadership: Realizing the Power of Emotional Intelligence. Boston, Mass: Harvard Business School Press, 2002.

Heifetz, Ronald A. Leadership Without Easy Answers. Belnap Press, 1994.

Kaplan, Robert E. Forceful Leadership and Enabling Leadership: You Can Do Both. Center for Creative Leadership, 1996.

Kotter, John P. Power and Influence: Beyond Formal Authority. New York: The Free Press, 1986.

Zenger, John H. and Folkman, Joseph. The Extraordinary Leader: Turning Good Managers into Great Leaders. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2002.

Personal Development

Carlson, Richard. Don't Sweat The Small Stuff At Work. New York: Hyperion, 1998.

Feldman, Daniel. The Handbook of Emotionally Intelligent Leadership: Inspiring Others to Achieve Results, Leadership Performance Solutions. Leadership Performance Solutions, 1999.

Gendlin, Eugene T. Focusing: A Step-By-Step Technique That Takes You Past Getting In Touch With Your Feelings-To Change Them and Solve Your Personal Problems. Bantam Books, 1982.

Goldberg, Natalie. Writing Down the Bones. Boston: Shambhala Publications, 1986.

Goleman, Daniel. Working with Emotional Intelligence. New York: Bantam, 1998.

Goleman, Daniel. Emotional Intelligence. New York: Bantam, 1995.

Leider, Richard J. Life Skills: Taking Charge of Your Personal and Professional Growth. San Diego: Pfeiffer & Company, 1994.

Spiritual Development

Hanh, Thich Nhat. The Miracle of Mindfulness: A Manual on Meditation. Boston: Beacon Press, 1975.

Kornfield, Jack. A Path With Heart: A Guide Through the Perils and Promises of Spiritual Life. New York: Bantam, 1993.

Moore, Thomas. Care of the Soul: A Guide for Cultivating Depth and Sacredness in Everyday Life. New York: Harper Collins, 1992.

Ruiz, Don Miguel. The Four Agreements. San Rafael, CA: Amber-Allen Publishing, 1997.

Tolle, Eckhart. The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment Novato, CA: New World Library, 1999.

Interpersonal Skills

Agyris, Chris. "Skilled Incompetence", Harvard Business Review on Effective Communication. Harvard Business Press. 1999.

Bartolome, Fernando. "Nobody Trusts the Boss Completely-Now What?", Harvard Business Review on Effective Communication. Harvard Business Press. 1999.

Breitman, Patti and Hatch, Connie. How to Say No Without Feeling Guilty: And Say Yes to More Time, and What Matters Most to You. New York: Broadway Books. 2001

Buron, Raoul J. and McDonald-Mann, Dana. Giving Feedback to Subordinates. Pfeiffer. 2007.

Kegan, Robert and Laskow Lahey, Lisa. How the Way We Talk Can Change the Way We Work: Seven Languages for Transformation. Jossey-Bass. 2001.

McKay, Matthew; Davis, Martha and Fanning, Patrick. Messages: The Communication Skills Book. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications, 1995.

Patterson, Kerry; Grenny, Joseph; McMillan, Ron; Switzler, Al and Covey, Stephen. Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes are High. New York: McGraw Hill, 2002.

Poertner, Shirley and Miller, Karen Massetti. The Art of Giving & Receiving Feedback (Ami How-To Series). Provant Media, 1996.

Rosenberg, Marshall B.A.  Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life. Encinitas, CA: Puddle Dancer Press, 2003.

Seashore, Charles N.; Seashore, Edith Whitfield and Weinberg, Gerald M. "What Did You Say?" The Art of Giving and Receiving Feedback. North Attleboro, MA: Douglas Charles Press, 1992.

Stone, Douglas; Patton, Bruc, and Heen, Sheila. Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most. New York: Penguin Books, 1999.

Whitney, Diana and Trosten-Bloom, Amanda. The Power of Appreciative Inquiry. San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2003.

Team Building & Performance

Kouzes, James M. and Posner, Barry Z. Encouraging the Heart: A Leader's Guide to Rewards and Recognizing Others. San Francisco: Jossey Bass Publishing, 1998.

Peterson, David. B. and Hicks, Mary Dee. Leader as Coach: Strategies for Coaching and Developing Others. Minneapolis: Personnel Decisions International, 1996.

Prince, George. "Creative Meetings through Power Sharing", Harvard Business Review on Effective Communication. 1999.


Bridges, William. Managing Transitions: Making the Most of Change. New York, NY: Perseus Publishing, 1991.

Friedman, Thomas L. The World Is Flat. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2006.

Jay, Mike R.; Kegan, Robert and Laskow Lahey, Lisa. "The Real Reason People Won't Change", Harvard Business Review on Culture and Change. 2002.

Meyerson, Debra. "Radical Change, The Quiet Way", Harvard Business Review on Culture and Change. 2002.

Ryan, Kathleen and Oestreich, Daniel. Driving Fear Out of the Workplace. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1998.

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