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Harvard Business School Professor, former Medtronic CEO

What I’m Reading – Leadership and Personal Development

I have been traveling quite a bit this first part of the year and it’s a guarantee that I’ll over pack on reading.  I wanted to share some of the books that continue to make the packing list.  The first set I want to share looks at leadership and personal development. 

On leadership:

  • “Reorganize for Resilience” by Ranjay Gulati – organizing for customer-focus, based on 600 in-person interviews
  • “Love Leadership” by John Hope Bryant – straight talk from founder of Operation Hope, leader on financial literacy for everyone

Personal Development:

The books below are to enhance your development as a leader and a human being.

  • “Ethics for the New Millenium” by the Dalai Lama – brilliant insights into the nature of humanity and how society should develop
  • “Emotional Intelligence” by Daniel Goleman – developing your EQ, not just your IQ
  • “On Becoming a Leader” by Warren Bennis – classic book  on leadership by the world’s best leadership scholar
  • “5 Minds for the Future” by Howard Gardner – on the developing of our minds, tailored to our unique ways of approaching life
  • “The Sermon on the Mount” by Emmet Fox – the spiritual classic on the greatest sermon ever delivered – and the most relevant to our 21st century lives
  • “MBA Oath,” by Max Anderson and Peter Escher – about the need for business leaders to have a professional oath comparable to medical doctors and lawyers.