Books on Ethics, Character and Leadership

CharacterFoundation_Vernon Character: The Foundation of Leadership
Character: The Foundation of Leadership (Kindle Edition)By Robert VernonWhat makes a powerful leader? Is it something inherited? Is it learned behavior? Can anyone acquire leadership abilities with sufficient determination? Why do some people seem to have a “presence” that compels others to follow? What is it about them that gives them a powerful ability to influence others?These questions have been asked for centuries. Yet the answers are clear. Powerful leaders do have some behaviors and characteristics in common. What may seem to be a mystery can be understood.This book documents a strong consensus about leadership behavior, discovered as the author traveled to over 30 countries conducting seminars for military, police, and political leaders. It reveals the essential character traits (or ethics) that result in powerful leadership behavior. Rather than only addressing behavior, it probes deeper to identify, discuss, and practically apply the whole issue of character.
OnLeadership_Gardner On LeadershipBy John W. Gardner“Leaders today are familiar with the demand that they come forward with a new vision. But it is not a matter of fabricating a new vision out of whole cloth. A vision relevant for us today will build on values deeply embedded in human history and in our own tradition. It is not as though we come to the task unready. Men and women from the beginning of history have groped and struggled for various pieces of the answer. The materials out of which we build the vision will be the moral strivings of the species, today and in the distant past.”From the Preface to On Leadership
BuiltToLast_Cover Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary CompaniesBy Jim Collins, Jerry I. PorrasDrawing upon a six-year research project at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, James C. Collins and Jerry I. Porras took eighteen truly exceptional and long-lasting companies and studied each in direct comparison to one of its top competitors. They examined the companies from their very beginnings to the present day—as start-ups, as midsize companies, and as large corporations. The authors asked: “What makes the truly exceptional companies different from the comparison companies and what were the common practices these enduringly great companies followed throughout their history?” Built to Last provides a master blueprint for building organizations that will prosper long into the 21st century and beyond.
InSearchOfExcellence_Cover In Search of Excellence: Lessons from America”s Best-Run CompaniesThomas J. Peters, Robert H. WatermanThe “Greatest Business Book of All Time” (Bloomsbury UK), In Search of Excellence has long been a must-have for the boardroom, business school, and bedside table. Based on a study of forty-three of America”s best-run companies from a diverse array of business sectors, In Search of Excellence describes eight basic principles of management — action-stimulating, people-oriented, profit-maximizing practices — that made these organizations successful. Joining the Harper Business Essentials series, this phenomenal bestseller and reintroduces these vital principles in an accessible and practical way for today”s management reader.
SpeedOfTrust_Cover The SPEED of TRUST: The One Thing That Changes Everything
The SPEED of TRUST: The One Thing that Changes Everything (Kindle Edition)Stephen M.R. Covey, Stephen R. Covey, Rebecca R. Merrill“This book challenges our age-old assumption that trust is merely a soft, social virtue, and instead demonstrates that it is a hard-edged, economic driver” a learnable and measurable skill that makes organizations more profitable, people more promotable, and relationships more energizing. Learn how to inspire lasting trust in personal and professional relationships, and in so doing, to create unparalleled success and sustainable prosperity in every dimension of life.
LincolnOnLeadership_Cover Lincoln on Leadership: Executive Strategies for Tough TimesDonald T. PhillipsOnly ten days before Abraham Lincoln took the oath of office in 1861, the Confederate States of America seceded from the Union taking all Federal agencies, forts, and arsenals within their territory. To make matters worse, Lincoln, who was elected by a minority of the popular vote, was viewed by his own advisors as nothing more than a gawky, second-rate country lawyer with no leadership experience. Lincoln on Leadership is the first book to examine Abraham Lincoln”s diverse leadership abilities and how they can be applied to today”s complex world.
LeadershipChallenge_Cover The Leadership Challenge
The Leadership Challenge (Kindle Edition)James M. Kouzes, Barry Z. PosnerNow revised and updated, this leadership classic continues as a bestseller after three editions and twenty years in print. It is the gold standard for research-based leadership, and the premier resource on becoming a leader. The Leadership Challenge, Fourth Edition, has been extensively updated with the latest research and case studies, and offers inspiring new stories of real people achieving extraordinary results. The authors” central theme remains the same and is more relevant today than ever: “Leadership is Everyone”s Business.” Their “five practices” and “ten commitments” have been proven by hundreds of thousands of dedicated, successful leaders. This edition, with almost one-third new material, emphasizes the global community and refocuses on business leaders.
LeadershipIsAnArt_Cover Leadership Is an ArtMax DePree“This is a wonderful book. It captures Max’s spirit and he’s a truly exceptional person. But it also says more about leadership in clearer, more elegant, and more convincing language than many of the much longer books that have been published on the subject.””Peter F. Drucker “Like the elegant furniture his company makes, De Pree’s book provides a valuable lesson in grace, style, and the elements of success.” Time
OnBecomingALeader_Cover On Becoming a Leader
On Becoming a Leader
On Becoming a Leader (Kindle Edition)Warren BennisDeemed “the dean of leadership gurus” by Forbes magazine, Warren Bennis has for years persuasively argued that leaders are not born “they are made. Delving into the qualities that define leadership, the people who exemplify it, and the strategies that anyone can apply to achieve it, his classic work On Becoming a Leader has served as a source of essential insight for countless readers. In a world increasingly defined by turbulence and uncertainty, the call to leadership is more urgent than ever.
Integrity_Cover IntegrityStephen L. CarterWhy do we care more about winning than about playing by the rules? Integrity” all of us are in favor of it, but nobody seems to know how to make sure that we get it. From presidential candidates to crusading journalists to the lords of collegiate sports, everybody promises to deliver integrity, yet all too often, the promises go unfulfilled. Stephen Carter examines why the virtue of integrity holds such sway over the American political imagination. By weaving together insights from philosophy, theology, history and law, along with examples drawn from current events and a dose of personal experience, Carter offers a vision of integrity that has implications for everything.
TheEffectiveExecutive_Cover The Effective Executive
The Effective Executive (Kindle Edition)Peter DruckerThe measure of the executive, Peter Drucker reminds us, is the ability to ”get the right things done”. Usually this involves doing what other people have overlooked, as well as avoiding what is unproductive. He identifies five talents as essential to effectiveness, and these can be learned; in fact, they must be learned just as scales must be mastered by every piano student regardless of his natural gifts. Intelligence, imagination and knowledge may all be wasted in an executive job without the acquired habits of mind that convert these into results. (Read the entire review on
FromThirdWorldToFirst_Cover From Third World to First : The Singapore Story: 1965-2000by Lee Kuan YewIn this memoir, the man most responsible for Singapore”s astonishing transformation from colonial backwater to economic powerhouse describes how he did it over the last four decades. It”s a dramatic story, and Lee Kuan Yew has much to brag about. To take a single example: Singapore had a per-capita GDP of just $400 when he became prime minister in 1959. When he left office in 1990, it was $12,200 and rising. (Read the entire review on Chapter 12 of this book discusses an example Pointman refers to within one of the seminars.
1925 Sacred GroundJeff AppelquistJeff Appelquist takes us on an amazing journey of exploration and discovery to the Gettysburg and Little Bighorn battlefields. By studying these momentous events through the lens of individual leadership and team dynamics, we see that the stories from history are fascinating, the parallels to today are memorable, and the principles of leadership enduring.
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