As summer begins, I thought that I would share some recommended reading for those interested in learning more about leadership. Here are six books that I enjoyed immensely:
Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup, John Carreyrou
- This book chronicles the remarkable rise and fall of Theranos, the blood testing startup founded by Elizabeth Holmes
Churchill: Walking with Destiny, Andrew Roberts
- A terrific study in leadership, with all of Churchill's towering strengths and intriguing flaws described in depth. This biography also draws on some fascinating source material never drawn upon by previous biographers, including the King's diaries.
- Former Netflix executive Patty McCord writes about organizational culture, drawing upon her work shaping the culture and people strategy at Netflix.
- Bahcall combines physics, psychology, and business knowledge to explain why bold ideas often get rejected by organizations, and how enterprises can structure themselves to nurture these crazy ideas.
- I've always believed that building a culture of candor is critical to exceptional organiztional performance. Scott draws upon her research, as well as her time in industry, to describe how to engage employees in productive conflict and debate.
- Edmondson draws upon more than two decades of research on psychological safety to offer leaders key insights regarding how to build an environment where people feel comfortable speaking up.
Oh... and you might wish to take a look at a book called Unlocking Creativity too!