Recommended Books on Leadership

Companion Reading to Leadership for Lawyers Programs



The Leadership Challenge: How to Make Extraordinary Things Happen in Organizations
James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner

Leadership is an Art
Max DePree

Leadership Jazz: Essential Elements of a Great Leader
Max De Pree

The Courageous Follower: Standing Up To and For Our Leaders
Ira Chaleff

The Leading Lawyer: A Guide to Practicing Law and Leadership
Robert Cullen

Leadership BS: Fixing Workplaces and Careers One Truth at at Time
Jeffrey Pfeffer

The Practice of Leadership: Developing the Next Generation of Leaders
Jay Conger and Ronald Riggio

Learning Leadership: The Five Fundamentals of Becoming an Exemplary Leader
Barry Z. Posner and James Kouzes

Leadership U: Accelerating Through the Crisis Curve
Gary Burnison

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

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

Change & Leading Change

Leading Change
John P. Kotter

Leading Continuous Change: Navigating Churn in the Real World
Bill Pasmore

Immunity to Change: How to Overcome It and Unlock the Potential in Yourself and Your Organization (Leadership for the Common Good)
Robert Kegan and Lisa Laskow Lahey


Smart Collaboration: How Professionals and Their Firms Succeed by Breaking Down Silos
Heidi Gardner, Ph.D.

Smarter Collaboration
Heidi Gardner, Ph.D. – coming Fall 2022


Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High
Joseph Grenny, Kerry Patterson, Ron McMillan et al

You’re Not Listening: What You’re Missing and Why it Matters
Kate Murphy

The Fine Art of Small Talk: How To Start a Conversation in Any Situation 
Debra Fine

Radical Candor: How to Get What You Want by Saying What You Mean
Kim Scott

How to be Heard: Secrets for Powerful Speaking and Listening
Julian Treasure

Decision Making

Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work
Chip Heath, Dan Heath

How We Decide
Jonah Lehrer

Polarity Management: Identifying and Managing Unsolvable Problems
Barry Johnson

Delegation and Management

The New One Minute Manager
Ken Blanchard, PhD. and Spencer Johnson, MD.

Leadership and the One Minute Manager: Increased Effectiveness Through Situational Leadership II
Ken Blanchard, Patricia Zigarmi, and Drea Zigarmi

The No Asshole Rule: Building a Civilized Workplace and Surviving One that Isn’t
Robert Sutton

The Knowing Doing Gap: How Smart Companies Turn Knowledge Into Action
Robert Sutton and Jeffrey Pfeffer

Hard Facts, Dangerous Half-Truths and Total Nonsense: Profiting from Evidence Based Management
Robert Sutton and Jeffrey Pfeffer

Be The Boss Everyone Wants to Work For: A Guide for New Leaders
William Gentry, Ph.D.

First, Break All the Rules: What the World’s Greatest Managers Do Differently
Marcus Buckingham

Death by Meeting: A Leadership Fable About Solving the Most Painful Problem in Business
Patrick Lencioni


Encouraging the Heart: A Leader’s Guide to Rewarding and Recognizing Others
James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner

Engagement and Retention

The Meaning Revolution: The Power of Transcendent Leadership
Fred Kofman

The Power of Full Engagement: Managing Energy, Not Time, is the Key to Performance and Personal Renewal
Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz

Solve the People Puzzle: How High-Growth Companies Attract and Retain Talent
Kathleen Quinn Votaw


Feedback Revolution: Building Relationships & Boosting Results
Marjorie Mauldin

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


The Art of Followership: How Great Followers Create Great Leaders in Organizations
Ron Riggio, Ira Chaleff, Jean Lipman-Blumen

Generational Differences

You Raised Us, Now Work With Us: Millennials, Career Success and Building Strong Workplace Teams
Lauren Stiller Rikleen

Millennials Who Manage
Chip Espinoza

What Millennials Want from Work: How to Maximize Engagement in Today’s Workforce
Jennifer Deal and Alex Levenson


Mindset: The New Psychology of Success
Carol Dweck

Rookie Smarts: Why Learning Beats Knowing in the New Game of Work
Liz Wiseman


Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us
Daniel Pink

Myers Briggs Type Indicator

Gifts Differing: Understanding Personality Type
Isabel Briggs Myers and Peter Myers

Please Understand Me: Character and Temperament Types (Myers Briggs)
David Keirsey and Marilyn Bates

Please Understand Me II: Temperament, Character and Intelligence (Myers Briggs)
David Keirsey

Network Strategy

Build Your Dream Network: Forging Powerful Relationships in a Hyper-Connected World
J. Kelly Hoey

Never Eat Alone: And Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time
Keith Ferrazzi and Tahl Raz


Brain Rules: Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home and School
John Medina

Your Brain At Work: Strategies of Overcoming Distraction, Regaining Focus, and Working Smarter All Day Long
David Rock

Quiet Leadership: Six Steps to Transforming Performance at Work
David Rock

Persuasion and Influence

Start With Why
Simon Sinek

The Necessary Art of Persuasion
Jay A. Conger

To Sell is Human: The Surprising Truth about Moving Others
Daniel Pink

Leading Without Authority: How the New Power of Co-Elevation Can Break Down Silos, Transform Teams, and Reinvent Collaboration
Keith Ferazzi and Noel Weyrich  

Personal Leadership

The Only Way to Win: How Building Character Drives Higher Achievement and Greater Fulfillment in Business and Life
Jim Loehr

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking
Susan Cain

Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits and Break Bad Ones
James Clear

Strengths Based Leadership: Great Leaders, Teams, and Why People Follow
Tom Rath and Barry Conchie


Power:  Why Some People Have It and Others Don’t
Jeffrey Pfeffer

Project Management/Process Improvement

Project Management for Dummies
Stanley Portny   

Legal Project Management, Pricing and Alternative Fee Arrangements
Jim Hassett

Legal Six Sigma for Law Firms
Catherine Macdonagh


The Wise Advocate: The Inner Voice of Strategic Leadership
Josie Thomson, Jeffrey Schwarz, and Art Kleiner

Stress, Resiliency and Addition

Work Without Stress: Building a Resilient Mindset for Lasting Success
Derek Roger, Nick Petrie

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance
Angela Duckworth

Coming Clean:  A Memoir (Addition Recovery)
Kimberly Rae Miller

Girl Walks Out of a Bar: A Memoir (Addition Recovery)
Lisa F. Smith

A Lawyer’s Guide to Healing: Solutions for Addiction and Depression
Don Carroll, J.D.


The Power of Story: Rewrite Your Destiny in Business and Life 
Jim Loehr

The Leader’s Guide to Storytelling: Mastering the Art and Discipline of Business Narrative
Stephen Denning

Teams, High Performing

The Wisdom of Teams
Jon Katzenbach and Douglas Smith

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

The Art of Asking: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Leet People Help
Amanda Palmer

Six Thinking Hats
Edward de Bono

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team
Patrick Lencioni

Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Other’s Don’t
Simon Sinek

Business Development

Getting Clients: For Lawyers Starting Out or Starting Over
Merrilyn Astin Tarlton

The Ultimate Law Firm Associate’s Marketing Checklist
Ross Fishman, JD

Retirement/Succession Planning

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

Updated September 2022