Sinek, Simon. Start with why: how great leaders inspire everyone to take action. London: Penguin, 2009. Print. Why to read: In studying the leaders who've had the greatest influence in the world, Simon Sinek discovered that they all think, act, and communicate in the exact same way-and it's the complete opposite of what everyone else does. Bennis, Warren and Burt Nanus. Leaders: Strategies for taking charge. New York: HarperCollins, 2007. Print. Why to read: Drawing on organizational studies, interviews, and other research, two authorities on leadership discuss the special qualities of successful business executives and offer advice for managers on how to develop leadership skills. Kellerman, Barbara. Bad leadership: What it is, how it happens, why it matters. Boston: Harvard Business School Press, 2004. Print. Why to read: Kellerman posits seven "types" of bad leadership and devotes a chapter containing a few brief examples and one detailed analysis to each. The stories, and Kellerman's final section of correctives, are complex and nuanced; there are no easy answers. Kellerman, Barbara. Followership: How followers are creating change and changing leaders. Boston: Harvard Business School Press, 2008. Print. Why to read: This groundbreaking volume provides the first sweeping view of followers in relation to their leaders, deliberately departing from the leader-centric approach that dominates our thinking about leadership and management. The latter are every bit as important as the former, which makes this book required reading for superiors and subordinates alike.
Pink, Daniel. Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us. New York: Cannongate, 2009. Print. Why to read: Forget everything you have thought you knew about how to motivate people - at work, at school, at home. It is wrong. As Daniel H. Pink explains in his paradigm-shattering book Drive, the secret to high performance and satisfaction in today's world is the deeply human need to direct our own lives, to learn and create new things, and to do better by ourselves and the world.