16 Books That Will Change The Way You Lead Your Life

We have a longstanding belief that an avid reader makes a better leader. Reading not only improves our general knowledge but also encourages good judgement, upgrades our problem-solving and analytical skills and inspires us to see the world with fresh eyes. With this in mind, we are pleased to share our 2016 summer reading list for your holiday edification. The selected publications have been enjoyed by leaders across our broad network and have influenced the way they think, feel and see the world.

  • LEADING

    LEADING
    By Sir Alex Ferguson and Michael Moritz

    What does it take to lead a team to world-class success over a sustained period of time?

    Sir Alex Ferguson is one of the few leaders who truly knows. In his 38 years in management, Sir Alex won an astonishing 49 trophies and helped grow Manchester United into one of the biggest commercial brands in the world. In this inspirational and straight-talking new book, Sir Alex reveals the secrets behind his record-breaking career.

    The individual stories within the book inevitably concern themselves with football, and the phenomenal success that came along the way, but the lessons can be applied by anyone. Whether you run a business, teach in a classroom, or work in a small team, LEADING will help you become a better leader.

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  • RESILIENCE

    RESILIENCE
    By Eric Greitens

    The best-selling author, Navy SEAL, and humanitarian Eric Greitens offers a self-help book unlike any other.

    The book is a masterpiece of warrior wisdom that shows how to overcome obstacles with positive action. Resilience grapples with real hardship. The lessons are deep, yet practical, and the advice leads to clear solutions.

    This is a profoundly hopeful book: We all face pain, difficulty, and doubt. But with resilience, we can lead vital, flourishing lives.

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  • FALLING UPWARD

    FALLING UPWARD
    By Richard Rohr

    In Falling Upward, Fr. Richard Rohr seeks to help readers understand the tasks of the two halves of life and to show them that those who have fallen, failed, or "gone down" are the only ones who understand "up."

    Most of us tend to think of the second half of life as largely about getting old, dealing with health issues, and letting go of life, but the whole thesis of this book is exactly the opposite. What looks like falling down can largely be experienced as "falling upward." 

    This important book explores the counterintuitive message that we grow spiritually much more by doing wrong than by doing right--a fresh way of thinking about spirituality that grows throughout life.

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  • ECONOMICS IN ONE LESSON

    ECONOMICS IN ONE LESSON
    by Henry Hazlitt

    Henry Hazlitt’s Economics in One Lesson, written in 1946, is a classic economic primer.

    Concise and instructive, it is also deceptively prescient and far-reaching in its efforts to dissemble economic fallacies that are so prevalent they have almost become a new orthodoxy. Many current economic commentators across the political spectrum have credited Hazlitt with foreseeing the collapse of the global economy which occurred more than 50 years after the initial publication of Economics in One Lesson.

    Economics in One Lesson is every bit as relevant and valuable today as it has been since publication.

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  • CREATIVITY, INC

    CREATIVITY, INC
    by Ed Catmull

    From Ed Catmull, co-founder (with Steve Jobs and John Lasseter) of Pixar Animation Studios, comes an incisive book about creativity in business and leadership.

    Creativity, Inc. is a book for managers who want to lead their employees to new heights, a manual for anyone who strives for originality, and the first-ever, all-access trip into the nerve center of Pixar Animation. 

    It is, at heart, a book about how to build a creative culture—but it is also, as Pixar co-founder and president Ed Catmull writes, “an expression of the ideas that I believe make the best in us possible.”

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  • DETHRONING THE KING

    DETHRONING THE KING
    By Julie Macintosh

    How did InBev, a Belgian company controlled by Brazilians, take over one of America's most beloved brands with scarcely a whimper of opposition?

    Chalk it up to perfect timing—and some unexpected help from powerful members of the Busch dynasty, the very family that had run the company for more than a century. In Dethroning the King, Julie MacIntosh details how the drama that unfolded at Anheuser-Busch in 2008 went largely unreported as the world tumbled into a global economic crisis. Today, as the dust settles, questions are being asked about how the "King of Beers" was so easily captured by a foreign corporation, and whether the company's fall mirrors America's dwindling financial and political dominance as a nation. 

    Dethroning the King is the ultimate corporate caper and a fascinating case study that's both wide reaching and profound.

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  • ENDURANCE

    ENDURANCE
    By Alfred Lansing

    Alfred Lansing's scrupulously researched and brilliantly narrated book has long been acknowledged as the definitive account of the Endurance's fateful trip.

    The astonishing saga of polar explorer Ernest Shackleton's survival for over a year on the ice-bound Antarctic seas, as Time magazine put it, "defined heroism." To write their authoritative story, Lansing consulted with ten of the surviving members and gained access to diaries and personal accounts by eight others.

    The resulting book has all the immediacy of a first-hand account, expanded with maps and illustrations especially for this edition.

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  • BURY THE CHAINS

    BURY THE CHAINS
    By Adam Hochschild

    From the author of the widely acclaimed King Leopold's Ghost comes the taut, gripping account of one of the most brilliantly organised social justice campaigns in history - the fight to free the slaves of the British Empire.

    In early 1787, twelve men - a printer, a lawyer, a clergyman, and others united by their hatred of slavery - came together in a London printing shop and began the world's first grass-roots movement, battling for the rights of people on another continent. 

    A deft chronicle of this groundbreaking antislavery crusade and its powerful enemies, Bury the Chains gives a little-celebrated human rights watershed its due at last.

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  • THE ALCHEMIST

    THE ALCHEMIST
    By Paulo Coelho

    The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho continues to change the lives of its readers forever.

    The book has established itself as a modern classic, universally admired. Coelho's masterpiece tells the magical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure as extravagant as any ever found.

    The story of the treasures Santiago finds along the way teaches us, as only a few stories can, about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, learning to read the omens strewn along life's path, and, above all, following our dreams.

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  • THE GENEROSITY NETWORK

    THE GENEROSITY NETWORK
    By Jennifer McCrea and Jeffrey C. Walker

    Philanthropist Jeff Walker and fund-raising expert Jennifer McCrea offer a fresh new perspective that can make the toughest challenges of nonprofit management and development less stressful, more rewarding—and even fun.

    Walker and McCrea show how traditional pre-scripted, money-centered, goal-oriented fund-raising techniques lead to anxiety and failure, while open-spirited, curiosity-driven, person-to-person connections lead to discovery, growth—and often amazing results.

    The Generosity Network is designed to energise and empower nonprofit leaders, managers, donors, board members, and other supporters. Whether you help run a multimillion-dollar global nonprofit or raise funds for a local scout troop, PTA, or other community organisation, you’ll learn new approaches that will make your work more successful and enjoyable than ever.

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  • NAKED DIPLOMACY

    NAKED DIPLOMACY
    By Tom Fletcher

    Naked Diplomacy explains how power works and why diplomacy matters more than ever in our digital age. 

    Naked Diplomacy is written by former ambassador Tom Fletcher – the youngest appointed for 200 years. He explores the core principles of a progressive 21st century foreign policy: how to balance interventionism and national interest, use global governance to achieve national objectives and sets out an agenda for representative international systems. 

    Offering real-world examples of how diplomacy continues to have a significant impact on people's lives, and why it will continue to do so, the question at the heart of this book for all those in power is: Who do you represent? How can you do it better. Naked Diplomacy provides the answers.

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  • ONE UP ON WALL STREET

    ONE UP ON WALL STREET
    By Peter Lynch

    Legendary mutual-fund manager Peter Lynch explains the advantages that average investors have over professionals and how they can use these advantages to achieve financial success.

    Lynch tells how average investors can beat the pros by using what they know. According to Lynch, investment opportunities are everywhere. From the supermarket to the workplace, we encounter products and services all day long. By paying attention to the best ones, we can find companies in which to invest before the professional analysts discover them. 

    Lynch offers easy-to-follow advice for sorting out the long shots from the no-shots by reviewing a company’s financial statements and knowing which numbers really count. He offers guidelines for investing in cyclical, turnaround, and fast-growing companies. As long as you invest for the long term, Lynch says, your portfolio can reward you. 

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  • GOOD TO GREAT

    GOOD TO GREAT
    By Jim Collins

    How can good companies, mediocre companies, even bad companies achieve enduring greatness? For years, this question preyed on the mind of Jim Collins.

    Are there companies that defy gravity and convert long-term mediocrity or worse into long-term superiority? And if so, what are the universal distinguishing characteristics that cause a company to go from good to great? Using tough benchmarks, Collins and his research team identified a set of elite companies that made the leap to great results and sustained those results for at least fifteen years. 

    The findings of the Good to Great study will surprise many readers and shed light on virtually every area of management strategy and practice. 

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  • THE LIFE-CHANGING MAGIC OF TIDYING UP

    THE LIFE-CHANGING MAGIC OF TIDYING UP
    By Marie Kondo

    Despite constant efforts to declutter your home, do papers still accumulate like snowdrifts and clothes pile up like a tangled mess of noodles?

    This New York Times best-selling guide to decluttering your home will help you enjoy the unique magic of a tidy home—and the calm, motivated mindset it can inspire.

    Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes tidying to a whole new level, promising that if you properly simplify and organise your home once, you’ll never have to do it again.

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  • BLIND ROBBERY

    BLIND ROBBERY
    By Andreas Marquart and Philipp Bagus

    Andreas Marquart and Philipp Bagus show readers how money arises and demonstrate why our current money is bad money.

    As a reader you will learn how important good money is for an economy and what influence bad money has on everyone in society. What role does the state, government, and politics play in redistribution in favor of the super-rich? Why is a naive faith in the state anything other than a good strategy for the future for each individual citizen? 

    This book is an easy to understand introduction to the question of why money is responsible for so many problems in our society.

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