12 Books that will Help Advance Your Leadership Skills

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Thriving At Work: What They Didn't Teach You in School by [Michael Dam]

Thriving At Work: What They Didn’t Teach You in School
by Michael Dam 

If you are new to the workforce or want to jump start your career, Thriving At Work delivers a proven and practical roadmap to achieve success from day one and throughout your career. More than a dozen executives from well-known multi-national companies have given their complete endorsement after reviewing this book. Even though most companies today believe college graduates lack the crucial skills to be ready and to succeed in the workplace, Michael Dam wants to help you prove them wrong. Drawing from over twenty five years of professional as well as teaching experience, the author shares his insight and real life examples that will help you fast track your career, avoid potential pitfalls and not having to learn the hard way. Designed and organized for easy reading, the book is split into different sections, so you can easily read about the topics you’re interested in at the moment, and be able to refer back to the book throughout your career. The author discusses at length on topics such as getting the right job, getting a head start and standing out at work, handling pressure situations, dealing with difficult co-workers and managers, managing your career paths, and successfully navigating the many challenges you will face throughout your career. A great companion for college graduates and seasoned professionals alike, Thriving At Work is a “timeless book for achieving career success.”

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Never Go With Your Gut: How Pioneering Leaders Make the Best Decisions and Avoid Business Disasters by Gleb Tsipursky

Unfortunately, the typical advice for business leaders to “go with their guts” plays into these cognitive biases and leads to disastrous decisions that devastate the bottom line. By combining practical case studies with cutting-edge research, Never Go With Your Gut will help you make the best decisions and prevent these business disasters.

The leading expert on avoiding business disasters, Dr. Gleb Tsipursky, draws on over 20 years of extensive consulting, coaching, and speaking experience to show how pioneering leaders and organizations—many of them his clients—avoid business disasters.

In this book, you’ll learn:

  • Discover how pioneering leaders and organizations address cognitive biases to avoid disastrous decisions.
  • Adapt best practices on avoiding business disasters from these leaders and organizations to your own context.
  • Develop processes that empower everyone in your organization to avoid business disasters.

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Working Whole: How to Unite Your Spiritual Beliefs and Your Work to Live Fulfilled by Kourtney Whitehead

Do you want more from work than just a paycheck or a title? Are you ready to manifest a work life rooted in joy, purpose, and contentment?

Career expert Kourtney Whitehead will guide you on a self-discovery journey to bridge the gap between your spiritual life and your work, and help you bring intention and satisfaction to your professional life. In Working Whole, she shares eight principles that will free you to be inspired and joyful in your life and work callings. She advises that when we commit to living our beliefs in these eight core areas (humility, surrender, discipline, gratitude, connection, love, power and patience), we can work authentically and live fulfilled.

Drawn from her long career as a recruiter, counselor and coach and her work with everyone from new hires to seasoned executives in transition to high-achievers preparing for retirement, Kourtney shares tips and tools for handling the expectations, choices, conflicts, challenges and opportunities we face in our work life. She leads you through a transformative experience to become more creative, energized, observant, accepting of change and open-hearted.

In this book, you’ll learn:

  • How to assess the particular conflicts that work life exerts on your spiritual values
  • How well you’re integrating your spiritual beliefs into your life
  • What actions will move you from feeling disconnected and uninspired in your work, to realizing a deep level of satisfaction
  • How to negotiate real-world obstacles, like an untrustworthy boss or a job that makes you feel trapped

With a warm tone and featuring informative content, exploratory exercises and actionable suggestions throughout, Working Whole provides a clear framework for making life and career decisions, both big and small, allowing you to reach your highest potential and live your most fulfilled life.

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The Pathfinder: How to Choose or Change Your Career for a Lifetime of Satisfaction and Success by Nicholas Lore

This classic bestseller is THE career-design bible for college graduates and midlife career-changers alike. Now fully revised and updated for the twenty-first century!

Based on breakthrough techniques developed by Rockport Institute, an innovative and award-winning career-counseling network that has changed the lives of hundreds of thousands of people, The Pathfinder offers invaluable advice and more than 100 self-tests and diagnostic tools that will help you choose an entirely new career—or view a current job from a new, more positive perspective. You’ll learn:

Whether you’re a seasoned professional in search of a career change or a beginner just entering the working world, you want to make the right choices from the beginning. No matter where you are in your journey, if you want work to be more of a dance than a drag, The Pathfinder will expertly coach you through the process of designing a career you will love.

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Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration

Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration by Ed Catmull

From a cofounder of Pixar Animation Studios – the Academy Award-winning studio behind CocoInside Out, and Toy Story – comes an incisive book about creativity in business and leadership for readers of Daniel Pink, Tom Peters, and Chip and Dan Heath. 

Creativity, Inc. is a manual for anyone who strives for originality and the first-ever all-access trip into the nerve center of Pixar Animation – into the meetings, postmortems, and “Braintrust” sessions where some of the most successful films in history are made. It is, at heart, a book about creativity – but it is also, as Pixar cofounder and president Ed Catmull writes, “an expression of the ideas that I believe make the best in us possible”.

For nearly 20 years, Pixar has dominated the world of animation, producing such beloved films as the Toy Story trilogy, Monsters, Inc.Finding NemoThe IncrediblesUpWALL-E, and Inside Out, which have gone on to set box-office records and garner 30 Academy Awards. The joyousness of the storytelling, the inventive plots, the emotional authenticity: In some ways, Pixar movies are an object lesson in what creativity really is. Here, in this book, Catmull reveals the ideals and techniques that have made Pixar so widely admired – and so profitable.   

As a young man, Ed Catmull had a dream: to make the first computer-animated movie. He nurtured that dream as a PhD student at the University of Utah, where many computer science pioneers got their start, and then forged a partnership with George Lucas that led, indirectly, to his cofounding Pixar in 1986. Nine years later, Toy Story was released, changing animation forever. The essential ingredient in that movie’s success – and in the 13 movies that followed – was the unique environment that Catmull and his colleagues built at Pixar, based on leadership and management philosophies that protect the creative process and defy convention, such as:

  • Give a good idea to a mediocre team, and they will screw it up. But give a mediocre idea to a great team, and they will either fix it or come up with something better.
  • If you don’t strive to uncover what is unseen and understand its nature, you will be ill prepared to lead.
  • It’s not the manager’s job to prevent risks. It’s the manager’s job to make it safe for others to take them.
  • The cost of preventing errors is often far greater than the cost of fixing them.
  • A company’s communication structure should not mirror its organizational structure. Everybody should be able to talk to anybody.

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Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

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

At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over brainstorming in teams. Although they are often labeled “quiet,” it is to introverts that we owe many of the great contributions to society–from van Gogh’s sunflowers to the invention of the personal computer.

Passionately argued, impressively researched, and filled with indelible stories of real people, Quiet shows how dramatically we undervalue introverts, and how much we lose in doing so. Taking the reader on a journey from Dale Carnegie’s birthplace to Harvard Business School, from a Tony Robbins seminar to an evangelical megachurch, Susan Cain charts the rise of the Extrovert Ideal in the 20th century and explores its far-reaching effects. She talks to Asian-American students who feel alienated from the brash, backslapping atmosphere of American schools. She questions the dominant values of American business culture, where forced collaboration can stand in the way of innovation, and where the leadership potential of introverts is often overlooked. And she draws on cutting-edge research in psychology and neuroscience to reveal the surprising differences between extroverts and introverts.

Perhaps most inspiring, she introduces us to successful introverts–from a witty, high-octane public speaker who recharges in solitude after his talks, to a record-breaking salesman who quietly taps into the power of questions. Finally, she offers invaluable advice on everything from how to better negotiate differences in introvert-extrovert relationships to how to empower an introverted child to when it makes sense to be a “pretend extrovert.”

This extraordinary book has the power to permanently change how we see introverts and, equally important, how introverts see themselves.

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How to Win Friends & Influence People

How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

You can go after the job you want…and get it! You can take the job you have…and improve it! You can take any situation you’re in…and make it work for you!

For over 60 years the rock-solid, time-tested advice in this audiobook has carried thousands of now-famous people up the ladder of success in their business and personal lives.

In this book, you’ll learn:

  • The six ways to make people like you
  • The twelve ways to win people to your way of thinking
  • The nine ways to change people without arousing resentment
  • And much, much more!

There is room at the top, when you know…How to Win Friends and Influence People.

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The Ultimate Job Seeker’s Guide by Robb Mulberger

There are many books available addressing interviewing and resume preparation, but few on the entire job-seeking process. This book is written by someone who has been a front-line recruiter and is now managing others who are involved with the processes of people getting jobs. This book is packed with real-world and practical how-to instructions, and the step-by-step processes that maximize the odds for every job-seeker.

It was written because the author saw otherwise qualified job seekers hurting their chances due to badly written resumes, interviewing poorly and not really understanding how “the world or work” functions. Successful job-seekers understand the thinking and motivations of those they interview with and prepare accordingly.

Many people in the workforce have experienced being:

Unemployed? You are Not Alone…Learn How to Cope and Position Yourself to Be the Next One Hired!

Under-employed? Learn How to Leverage Your Experience to Your Next Position!

This book has practical and How-To Advice about Tactics and Strategy, Resumes and Interviewing, Understanding the Hiring Criteria and Processes of Employers, Uncovering Jobs in the “Hidden and Unpublished” Job Market, Learn and Understand the Step-By-Step Processes that Lead to Getting a Job Offer… Negotiating Salary and Benefits… and more!

What will the reader get from the book?

·Confidence comes from preparation … and this book fully prepares a job-seeker to embark on a search for employment. Self-confidence and attitude is critical in the competitive job market; this books offers instruction of how to be that self-confident and polished job seeker that outshines the competition.
·Learn and understand the expectations of employers, as well as to how people act and re-act in the world of work; the dynamics that rule the world of work.
·A definitive list of the step-by-step activities that lead to a job and the reassurance that the reader is not skipping any steps or taking short cuts.
·Extensive coaching regarding how to execute those steps, with emphasis on strategy, resumes and interviewing.
·Examples of resumes, cover letters, interview questions and responses.

Who should read this book?

·Anyone looking for a job!
·A new entrant to the job market – college grads.
·Return to the workforce moms and dads.
·Someone leaving government for the private sector.
·Someone wanting to “upgrade” their employment, or just change jobs/employers.
·Someone who has been laid off and seeking employment.

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Strategies For Surviving Bullying at Work by Evelyn M. Field

No one goes to work to be humiliated, abused, ostracised, subjected to rumours, or assaulted. Yet this is the reality of a working day for many employees. Now you can do something about it. From the author of the highly successful introduction to workplace bullying “Bully Blocking at Work”, comes a practical guide to empower all employees to care for themselves and  colleagues when faced with bullying behaviours. Beginning with an overview of social and emotional resiliency at work, the reader is shown how six key strategies based on the development of social skills can equip them to fight even the most persistent of bullies.

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Do What You Are : Discover the Perfect Career for You Through the Secrets of Personality Type by Paul D. Tieger

Do What You Are — the time-honored classic that has already helped more than a million people find truly satisfying work — is now updated to include jobs in today’s hottest markets, including health services, education, and communications technology. With the global economy’s ups and downs, the advent of astonishing new technology, the migration to online work and study, and the ascendancy of mobile communication, so much has changed in the American workplace since this book’s fourth edition was published in 2007.

What hasn’t changed is the power of Personality Type to help people achieve job satisfaction. This fifth edition is especially useful for millennials and for baby boomers experiencing midlife career switches. The book leads readers step-by-step through the process of determining and verifying Personality Type. Then it identifies occupations that are popular with each Type, provides helpful case studies, and offers a rundown of each Type’s work-related strengths and weaknesses. Focusing on each Type’s strengths, Do What You Are uses workbook exercises to help readers customize their job search, ensuring the best results in the shortest period of time.

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The Purpose Path: A Guide to Pursuing Your Authentic Life’s Work by Nicholas Pearce

Many of the world’s most successful companies―Apple, Disney, Google―are not simply profit-driven, but purpose-driven. They let the reason for which they were created drive what they do every day. But what about us – how do we define our purpose, the why behind the work we do? How can we find the inspiration to pursue more than just a paycheck and ultimately fulfill our authentic life’s work?
In The Purpose Path, award-winning management expert Nicholas Pearce invites readers to courageously embark upon the journey of aligning their daily work with their life’s work. This one-of-its-kind guidebook is for anyone–at any level, age, or professional stage–seeking to have more than just a job or career, but a meaningful calling. 

Readers will go on a journey of self-discovery that’s organized around five key questions:
What is success? Who am I? Why am I here? Am I running the right race? Am I running the race well?

Drawing upon his years of experience as a global executive adviser, business school professor, and pastor, Pearce shows how people in a variety of fields have asked and answered these five questions as they launch, grow, or even completely change their careers. Inspiring, thought-provoking, and practical, The Purpose Path is an essential read for anyone longing to connect their soul with their role.

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Introverts: Leverage Your Strengths for an Effective Job Search by Gabriela Casineanu

Interview with the author:

Why did you write this book?

Throughout the 10 years experience in coaching and employment counseling, I noticed that introverts feel more challenged when it comes to job hunting. Being an introvert myself, I want to help them become more successful in a professional world that seems more impressed with the extroverted behavior.

How is this book different from other job search books?

The tips and strategies from this practical book help introverts shift the perception from feeling a victim to creating a strategy mix that meets the employer midway while staying true to their introverted nature. It also encourages the readers to become project managers of their own job search project and make it more effective by using their strengths.

What’s inside the book?

  • 167 introvert strengths and how to apply them in job hunting, to tap into the hidden job market and increase the chances to stand out.
  • Real examples of successful introverted job-seekers, LinkedIn for job hunting, resume & interview tips and 21 job search strategies fitting introvert’s personality.
  • Self-reflection exercises to help readers understand the weakest aspects of their job search process, and how to strengthen them.

Who could benefit from this book?

  • Introverts willing to find the desired job and build a rewarding career
  • Students preparing to enter the job market
  • Recruiters, Career Coaches, Employment Counselors serving introverted job seekers
  • HR Professionals and Hiring Managers, to tap into introverts’ power to achieve better results
  • Parents of introverted students
  • Anyone else interested in learning new strategies to accelerate the job hunting process

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