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Spas Vutov
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I'm not sure this is the right part of the forum for this, by hey - not like there is any other sub-section at the moment 🙂

I was thinking it will be very useful (at least for me, hopefully for others as well) if there was a place where we can share leadership books that made us better.

No need to add the book by Jocko and Leif, assuming everyone reading this has already read them.

Let me start the list - I've read some time ago
"Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World" by Gen. Stanley McChrystal and it's 'sequel' -
"One Mission: How Leaders Build a Team of Teams" by Chris Fussell
Both are outstanding books for me, there is a little too much "academic" writing at places, but nothing that can ruin the great read.
Looking forward to any suggestions from the community (TEAM? we don't like the c-word right? 🙂 )

Posted : 30/04/2020 7:37 pm
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Charles Fox
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Two books I would recommend is "The Five Dysfunctions of a Team" - there are a lot of reviews on this book. The other is "The Art of Business Value" and more about identifying projects that contribute to move business objectives forward. More strategy focused to help someone quantify what value means.

Posted : 01/05/2020 9:33 pm
Eric Fehr
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I would recommend: "Start with Why:How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action" by Simon Sinek; "Leaders Eat Last," by Simon Sinek; "Dare to Lead," by Brené Brown; "Leadership and Self-Deception: Getting Out of the Box," by the Arbinger Institute; and "The Power of Habit," by Charles Duhigg. I've read all of these and they all have different approaches to becoming a better leader and person.

Posted : 01/05/2020 9:54 pm
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I'm sure there are more, but in addition to those already mentioned, here are a few that I've found useful - not all leadership specific but all have helped me to improve my interactions with others which in turn helps leadership:

Who You are is What You Do - Ben Horowitz
The Hard Thing About Hard Things - Ben Horowitz
Thanks for the Feedback - Sheila Heen
Transformed: Remi Adeleke
Boyd: The Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of War (Also interesting is his paper Destruction and Creation)
Power of a Positive No - William Ury
Quiet: The Power of the Introvert in a World that Can't Stop Talking - Susan Cain
Made to Stick: Chip and Dan Heath

Posted : 01/05/2020 10:55 pm
Adam Ricci
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"Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration" by Ed Catmull. Catmull was the co-founder of Pixar Animation Studios and President of Disney Animation Studios.

Posted : 01/05/2020 11:00 pm
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Never Split the Difference by Chris Voss is a great one too.

Posted : 04/05/2020 2:11 pm
Jacob Petersen
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I'm late to the party. This will be my first post on this forum. Outside of Jocko's books, I recommend:

The Leadership Challenge by Kouzes and Pozner (

Crucial Conversations:

Books are great resources, I have found that I learn more from looking at those around me. Everyone is a mentor. Some teach you what to do. Others teach you how not to act. Both are valuable. I don't emulate others, but I do take things I learn and create my own voice/brand.

I look forward to interacting with this group in the future!

Posted : 20/05/2020 1:04 am