“The Motive: A Leadership Fable” by Patrick Lencioni

The Motive is Pat Lencioni’s latest leadership fable, and we at StarQuest highly recommend this book for your library. Lencioni is a best-selling author who has written a dozen books that focus on how leaders can build teams and create healthier organizations. His latest will not disappoint!

This fable is a leadership story about two companies who are led very differently under two CEOs — with each leader having a vastly different motive behind their leadership. The story gets at the importance of why leaders lead – and explores the importance of leading for the right reason. Lencioni also presents action steps for changing your approach in five key areas. And in so doing, he helps leaders avoid the pitfalls that stifle their organizations and even hurt the people they are meant to serve.

The Motive is a fairly quick read with an engaging story line. The message is powerful and should be a must-read for leaders wanting to increase their effectiveness. 

“Scaling Leadership” by Robert J. Anderson and William A. Adams

Scaling Leadership is a great read for those in positions of senior leadership who need to transform their organizations and organizational leaders. Scaling Leadership is an essential guide that offers senior leaders the information needed to develop conscious leadership at scale within their organization.

 

In addition to this bestseller, Bob and Bill published another bestselling book entitled Mastering Leadership. We recommend you read Mastering Leadership first, and follow-up with Leadership at Scale.

We highly recommend this book, and have included this in our leadership development programs.

“Leadership at Scale” by Bob Anderson and Bill Adams

Leadership at Scale is a great read for those in positions of senior leadership who need to transform their organizations and organizational leaders. Leadership at Scale is an essential guide that offers senior leaders the information needed to develop conscious leadership at scale within their organization.

In addition to this bestseller, Bob and Bill published another bestselling book entitled Mastering Leadership. We recommend you read Mastering Leadership first, and follow-up with Leadership at Scale.

We highly recommend this book, and have included this in our leadership development programs.

“Everybody Matters” by Bob Chapman and Raj Sisodia

Whem-coveren it comes to maximizing potential, Bob Chapman and his team at Barry-Wehmiller have mastered this leadership practice. This is the story of how the Barry-Wehmiller company has experienced enormous transformative change with the manufacturing companies that they acquired by simply applying leadership principles that build cultures of trust, security, and fulfillment. And the best part of the story is the business results that have resulted from adoption of these core principles and leadership practices. There is a reason why this book is on the Wall Street Journal Bestseller list. Check it out! 

“Insight: The Surprising Truth About How Others See Us” by Tasha Eurich

Tasha Eurich hits another home run bestseller with Insight: The Surprising Truth About How Others See Us, How We See Ourselves, and Why the Answers Matter More than We Think. One of the most striking discoveries in her research was that 95% of us think we’re self-aware, and yet her research indicates only 10-15% are actually truly self-aware. If being self-aware is a meta-skill of the 21st century, then as leaders we need to look at how we increase our self awareness in support of our leadership effectiveness. We think so highly of this book that we’ve integrated Insight into our leadership development programs.

“Mastering Leadership” by Robert J. Anderson and William A. Adams

ihwx.a21a0296-2483-4b0a-adaa-1b10aa5d2e35.200.175Mastering Leadership is one of the most comprehensive, and well-researched leadership books that I’ve read in years. Both Anderson and Adams do an amazing job of presenting their Universal Leadership Model, and then outlining leadership principles and practices that will increase a leaders’ effectiveness. I would highly recommend this book; however it’s not bedtime reading! It requires some focus thinking, highlighting, and notes in the margin.

“Your Brain at Work” by David Rock

9780061771293_p0_v1_s118x184[1]David Rock’s book had been recommended a couple of years ago, and so I had a chance to finally pull it off my bookshelf and delve into his work. David outlines some fascinating research, does an outstanding job of taking hard science and applying it to the workplace through great storytelling. If you’re interested in learning more about how the brain works, I’d recommend this book.

“Drive: The Surprising Trust About What Motivates Us” by Daniel Pink

419tQKzU2jL._AC_US160_[1]This summer I had an opportunity to read a great book entitled, Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel Pink. Pink’s book explores and debunks several myths about what drives human behavior, and he builds a strong case for why we as leaders and managers need to better understand what motivates people and not just rely on economic motivators.

For example one commonly held belief is that if we provide larger extrinsic incentives, then people will perform better. This belief turns out to be true for simple, mechanical tasks. However, it is not true when motivating people around complex tasks that demand more conceptual reasoning. His research indicates that performance and outcomes are largely driven by providing people with autonomy, enabling them to be experts, and creating a sense of purpose. In other words, when thinking about motivating others we as leaders should ask ourselves 1) have we created an environment where people have autonomy; 2) are we enabling people to develop and master their skills; and 3) have we communicated a strong sense of purpose — or why we are doing what we’re doing. Pink’s findings are simple, and powerful.