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Recommended Leadership Reading

This reading list is designed to offer NOAA Corps officers recommended books related to leadership. This is not an all-inclusive list. The goal is to provide a starting point or expand existing knowledge and skills.

  • Flight of the Buffalo: Souring to Excellence, Learning to let Employees Lead, by James A. Belasco and Ralph C. Stayer, Warner Books, 1994
  • THE NINE NATURAL LAWS OF LEADERSHIP, by Warren Blank, American Management Association, New York, NY, 1995
  • EXECUTION - The Discipline for Getting Things Done,by Larry Bossidy and Ram Charan, Crown Business, New York, NY, 2002
  • COMPETING ON THE EDGE - Strategy as Structured Cases, by Shona L. Brown & Kathleen M. Elsenhardt, Harvard Business School Press, Boston, MA, 1998
  • First, Break All the Rules: What the World's Greatest Managers Do Differently, by Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman, Simon & Schuster 1999
  • Now, Discover your Strengths, by Marcus Buckingham and Donald O. Clifton, The Free Press 2001
  • Zapp! Lightning of Empowerment: How to Improve Productivity, Quality, and Employee Satisfaction, by William Byham, Jeff Cox, Ballantine Books; revised edition, 1997
  • THE INNOVATOR'S DILEMMA - When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail, by Clayton M. Christensen, Harvard Business School Press, Boston, MA, 1997
  • The 7 habits of Highly Effective People, by Stephen Covey, Free Press 1990
  • DEMING MANAGEMENT AT WORK - Six Successful Companies That Use the Quality Principles of the World Famous, by H. Edwards Deming & Mary Walton, Putnam Publishing Co., New York, NY 1991
  • Successful Leadership Today, by Douglas L. Drewry, Professional Management Spectrum, 1996
  • The Radical Leap: A Personal Lesson in Extreme Leadership, by Steve Farber, Dearborn Trade Publishing, 2004
  • Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In, by Roger Fisher, William Ury, Bruce Patton, Penguin 2nd/Rep edition, 1991
  • LEADING ON THE CREATIVE EDGE - Gaining Competitive Advantage Through the Power of Creative Problem Solving, by Roger L. Firestien, Pinon Press, Colorado Springs, CO, 1996
  • Coaching for Improved Work performance, Revised Edition, by Ferdinand F. Fournies, McGraw-Hill 1999
  • THE LEADERSHIP SECRETS OF COLIN POWELL, by Oren Harari, McGraw Hill, New York, NY, 2002
  • THE SERVANT - A Simple Story About the Essence of Leadership, by James C. Hunter, Prima Publishing, Reseville, CA, 1998
  • Leading Change, by John P. Kotter Harvard Business School Publishing 1996
  • The power of Alignment: How Great Companies Stay Centered and Accomplish Extraordinary Things, by George Laboritz and Victor Rosansky, Wiley, 1997
  • THE NEW NEW THING - A Silicon Valley Story, by Michael Lewis, W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., New York, NY, 2000
  • Beyond the Wall of Resistance: Unconventional Strategies That Build Support for Change, by Rick Maurer, Bard Press, 1996
  • The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader, Becoming the Person Others Will Want to Follow, by john C. Maxwell, Nelson Publishers, 1999
  • The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership: Follow them and people will Follow You, by John Maxwell, Nelson Publishers, 1998
  • THE PRINCE,Niccolo Machiavelli.translated by W.K. Marriott, Alfred A. Knopt, First Included in Everyman's Library.1908; Introduction, Bibliography & Chronology by David Campbell, Copyright 1992
  • Thinking for a Change: 11 Ways Highly Successful People Approach Life & Work, by John C. Maxwell, Warner Books, Inc., 2003
  • Naval Leadership: Voices of Experience, edited by Karel Montor, Naval Institute Press, 1987
  • SHACKELTON'S WAY: Leadership Leasons from the Great Antarctic Explorer, by Margot Morrell and Stephanie Chapparell, Penguin Books, New York, NY, 2002
  • Please Don't Just Do What I Tell You! Do What Needs to Be Done: Every Employee's Guide to making Work More Rewarding, by Bob Nelson, Hyperion, 2001
  • Leading at the Edge: Leadership Lessons from the Extraordinary Saga of Shackleton's Antarctic Expedition, by Dennis Perkins, American Management Association, 2000
  • Lincoln on Leadership: Executive Strategies for Tough Times, by Donald Phillips, Warners Books, 1993
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. on Leadership: Inspiration & Wisdom for Challenging Times, by Donald Phillips, Warners Business books, 2000
  • The Founding Fathers on Leadership: Classic Teamwork in Changing Times, by Donald Phillips, Warner Books, 1998
  • Built to last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies, by Jim Collins and Jerry Porras, harperBusiness 2002
  • DEEP CHANGE - Discovering the Leader Within, by Robert E. Quinn, Jossey-Bass, San Francisco, CA, 1996
  • The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of the Learning Organization, by Peter M. Senge, Currency 1994
  • How to Argue and Win Every Time: At Home, At Work, In Court, Everywhere, Everyday, by Gerry Spence, St. Martin's Press, 1995
  • THE TRANSFORMATIONAL LEADER, by Noel M. Tichy & Mary Anne Devanna, John Wiley & Sons, New York, NY, 1986
  • Fire-Star Leadership: The Art and Strategy of Creating Leaders at Every Level, by Patrick L. Townsend and Joan E. Gebhardt, Wiley New Ed edition, 1999
  • THE COMPLETE ART OF WAR, by Sun Tzu Sun Pin...translated by Ralph D. Sawyer, Westview Press, 1996
  • Getting Past No: Negotiating Your Way from Confrontation to Cooperation, by William Ury, Banton revised edition 1993
  • The Leadership Secrets of Santa Claus, by Walk the Talk Company
  • THE VISIONARY'S HANDBOOK - Nine Paradoxes That Will Shape the Future of Your Business, by Watts Wacker and Jim Taylor, Harper Business, New York, NY, 2000
  • Good to Great, by Jim Collins, Harper Collins Inc, 2001
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