A bunch of business book reviews: 4/19/16

Apr 19, 2016 | Reading Lists

“Leaders are readers.”

Yep, if you want to do that leading thing well, you need to read. One challenge is sorting through all the “leadership” and other business books to find good ones. This post should help. Here are some pointers to recent leadership (in the broadest sense) book reviews.

In this post I point you to reviews of Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World by Adam Grant, Committed Teams: Three Steps to Inspiring Passion and Performance by Mario Moussa, Madeline Boyer and Derek Newberry, and Don’t Just Manage–Lead! by Arthur F. Coombs.

From Susan Cramm: How to Grow into an Original Person

“Grant’s new book, Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World (Viking, 2016), is an investigation into the patterns of behavior that lead to independent thought. In the book, Grant defines originality as the ability to champion an idea that’s different from and better than others in its domain. Because originals are the ‘individuals who fuel creativity and drive change in the world,’ it is vital to grasp what makes them tick. Originals delivers on its promise. It reveals the key characteristics of originality and provides useful suggestions for how to build capabilities in this area.”

From Wharton: The Secret to Building High-performance Teams

“What makes certain teams excel and others perform below par? In a new book, Committed Teams: Three Steps to Inspiring Passion and Performance, Mario Moussa, Madeline Boyer and Derek Newberry divulge the surprising secrets to developing a high-performance team and the common mistakes groups make that hinder their cooperation. Jeffrey Klein, executive director of the McNulty Leadership Program at Wharton, recently spoke with Moussa, a Wharton Executive Education fellow, about his new book.”

From Mike Haberman: Great advice on leadership: A review of Don’t Just Manage Lead!

“I have to be honest, when I started reading this book I expected a book of leadership platitudes and truisms written by yet another CEO trying to make his name as an author. I am happy to say that was NOT what I found. Arthur E. Coombs III has produced a book that is generously sprinkled with his life lessons that demonstrate his view of leadership.”

Reading recommendations are a regular feature of this blog. Want more recommendations about what to read? Check out my Three Star Leadership blog, Michael McKinney’s LeadingBlog, and Bob Morris’ Blogging on Business.