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The books influencing leadership development


Reading about leadership development can happen anywhere

Reading about leadership development can happen anywhere

For those of us focused on developing leaders, there are a huge number of theories, books, blogs and opinions out there.

Leadership development experts read extensively and are continually seeking to learn more about what helps people and organisations to improve.

While there were many responses to my recent questions about this, here are some of the books most often intriguing leadership developers.

Top 5 Reading List

Most of the books here reflect a deep interest in how organisations work, and how leadership and leaders contribute to organizational change, relationships and performance.

  1. Frederic Laloux’s book Reinventing Organizations is seen as one of the most significant contributions to thinking about organisations for some time – for more details see
  2. Edgar H Schein’s Humble Inquiry: The Gentle Art of Asking Instead of Telling. If you’re interested in this wonderful author’s work, also see his book on Organizational Culture and Leadership
  3. Otto Scharmer and Theory U, is informing thinking about leadership development, the future of organisations, organisational systems, and the world.
  4. Patrick Lencioni has created a number of books, but leadership developers are particularly attracted to: The five dysfunctions of a team
  5. Kim S. Cameron, Robert E. Quinn, Jeff Degraff, Anjan V. Thakor Competing Values Leadership, see

Note that I’m not affiliated with these authors.

But I do have a personal favourite and I am associated with the author:

Nita Cherry, Energising Leadership

Amanda Martin

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