Book Recommendations

Looking to develop as a leader, explore careers, or get adjusted in a new role? I’ve probably got a book I will advise you to read. Scroll through to see if any pique your interest.

Career Exploration

City Planning The Death and Life of Great American Cities by Jane Jacobs

Aerospace The Wright Brothers by David McCullough

Entrepreneurship Shackleton’s Way by Margot Morrell; Shoe Dog by Phil Knight; The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers by Ben Horowitz

Healthcare Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande

Military Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

Higher EducationCollege Unbound: The Future of Higher Education and What It Means for Students by Jeffrey Selingo; Teacher as Servant: A Parable by Robert Greenleaf; The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher’s Life by Parker Palmer

K12 EducationWhy Don’t Students Like School?: A Cognitive Scientist Answers Questions About How the Mind Works and What It Means for the Classroom by Daniel Willingham; Educated by Tara Westover

Politics Leadership: in Turbulent Times by Doris Kearns Goodwin

Finance Young Money: Inside the Hidden World of Wall Street’s Post-Crash Recruits by Kevin Roose

Social entrepreneurshipThe Responsible Company by Yvon Chouinard and Vincent Stanley; Upstream by Dan Heath

International business and politics Dead Aid by Dambisa Moyo; Flashpoints: The Emerging Crisis in Europe by George Friedman

Nonprofits Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson; Good to Great in the Social Sectors by Jim Collins

Law Becoming by Michelle Obama; Scalia Speaks by Antonin Scalia; My Own Words: Ruth Bader Ginsburg with Mary Harnett and Wendy Williams

Cybersecurity Permanent Record by Edward Snowden; Algorithms to Live By: The Computer Science of Human Decisions by Brian Christian and Tom Griffiths

Sports Open by Andre Agassi

Counseling/PsychologyHow Emotions Are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain by Lisa Barrett Feldman

Visualization/Creative FieldsBuilding a Company: Roy O. Disney and the Creation of an Entertainment Empire by Bob Thomas

Leadership and Team Development

Managing in the Gray by Joseph Badaracco

The Motive by Patrick Lencioni

Leadership and Self Deception by The Arbinger Institute

The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else in Business by Patrick Lencioni

Step Back: Bringing the Art of Reflection into Your Busy Life by Joseph Badaracco

What You Do Is Who You Are: How to Create Your Business Culture by Ben Horowitz

Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers by Tim Ferriss

That’s Not How We Do It Here! by John Kotter

Ethical Decision Making

Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou

How Good People Make Tough Choices by Rushworth Kidder

Developing Team Trust

Dare to Lead by Brene Brown

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni

Performance Management

Nine Lies About Work: A Freethinking Leader’s Guide to the Real World by Marcus Buckingham

The First 90 Days by Michael Watkins