Collins, J. C. 2005. Good to great. New York, NY: Harper Business.
Jim Collins, leadership guru, shares his findings about the 1,435 good companies whose performance was examined over 40 years. Eleven companies became great companies and organizations. He highlights a framework of this greatness, first by defining great and calibrating success. He emphasizes the importance of Level 5 Leaders, “getting the right people on bus,” and lessons on eggs, flywheels, hedgehogs, and other essentials of business that help to allow the transformation from good to great. Noteworthy is the work centered on the culture of discipline which includes disciplined people who engage in disciplined thought and who take disciplined action. The culture of discipline is a principle of greatness. These principles will lead an organization to greatness. He emphasizes that leaders are best when executive and legislative leadership is blended according to the situation. Level five leaders are those who make sure the right decisions happen and get things done in a diffuse power structure found in contemporary organizations.
Covey, S. R. (2004). The 7 habits of highly effective people. New York, NY: Free Press.
Covey teaches a principle-centered approach to personal and professional effectiveness. It is centered on seven principles that will help anyone find satisfaction in all aspects of life. The powerful principles help people shift from a circumstantial framework for responding to the world to a principle-centered framework. The seven habits are everlasting concepts that have been proven to improve personal effectiveness and relationships with others. The author places an emphasis on building character rather than attaining success. “True greatness will be achieved through the abundant mind that works selflessly—with mutual respect, for mutual benefit.” Leaders who practice and teach these concepts can dramatically improve the culture of an organization and its overall success because without character there is not discipline and without discipline there is not character.
Gordon, Thomas. Leader Effectiveness Training, L.E.T.: The No-Lose Way to Release the
Productive Potential of People. New York: Wyden Books, 1977.
Based on the author’s work with managers in his Effectiveness Training classes, this book contains down-to-earth advice and examples concerning skills and methods that people must learn to be effective leaders based on a model created by the author. The model respects the needs of both parties and the mutual respect becomes the foundation of a productive leader-follower relationship. This book offers advice on communication, conflict resolution so that no party loses, how to handle meetings, and provides an alternative to unproductive performance reviews. These skills help make work easier, more productive and more rewarding.
Irwin, Tim. Ph.d. 2014. Impact: Great Leadership Changes Everything. Dallas, TX: BenBella
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