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Written by Natacha Wilson

Leadership books: a selection

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Leadership books can be a great source of inspiration and knowledge. But where do you start? Which leadership books should you read? I have found that depending on the source of the advice, the list will vary tremendously. So I have made my pick and suggested a few books below that had a profound impact on my thinking.
I have made my pick and suggested a few books below that had a profound impact on my thinking.
I have made my pick and suggested a few books below that had a profound impact on my thinking.

Top list

Who moved my cheese? by Spencer Johnson This is a wonderful strory about change and our reaction t change. It is the amusing tale of four characters who live in a maze and look for cheese to nourish them and make them happy. Cheese is a metaphor for what you want to have in life. The maze is where you look for what you want, perhaps the organisation you work in, or the family or community you live in. The problem is that the cheese keeps moving… Daring Greatly by Brenée Brown Researcher  Dr. Brené Brown encourages us to embrace vulnerability and imperfection, to live wholeheartedly and courageously. Daring Greatly is the culmination of 12 years of groundbreaking social research, across the home, relationships, work, and parenting. It is an invitation to be courageous; to show up and let ourselves be seen, even when there are no guarantees. Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman Daniel Goleman argues that our view of human intelligence is far too narrow, and that our emotions play major role in thought, decision making and individual success. Self-awareness, impulse control, persistence, motivation, empathy and social deftness are all qualities of leaders and individuals who make a difference. Fish! by Stephen C. Lundin, Ph.D., Harry Paul and John Christensen This book is about valuesm motivation and culture. Imagine a workplace where everyone chooses to bring energy, passion and a positive attitude to the job every day. In this engrossing parable, a fictional manager has the responsibility of turning a chronically unenthusiastic and unhelpful department into an effective team. Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman This book reveals how our minds are tripped up by error and prejudice (even when we think we are being logical), and gives you practical techniques for slower, smarter thinking. It will enable to you make better decisions at work, at home, and in everything you do. I decided to stick to 5 books for now but it is a hard choice!  Please share your suggestions in the comment box and we can enrich this list! Enjoy!


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Natacha Wilson, founder of Cambridge Insights, is a learning and development consultant and coach. She creates tailored development programmes, which combine 21st century skills, mindsets, and wisdom, to boost leadership capabilities and nurture innovative cultures. Her mission is to support transformational leaders and  “leaders in the making” increase their postive impact, solve global challenges and create a greater world.

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