People in positions of leadership have an inherent responsibility to those around them. Whether you’re a business owner, office holder, or are otherwise in a position to impact your community, others look to you to understand expectations, compare their own actions, and evaluate the difference you’re making in daily life. Your actions influence how they feel about you, your organization, and even themselves.

With all that in mind, consider ways you can take your skills up a notch with these inspiring reading selections:

Nurture Your Connections

With people relying on you for input into shaping how they conduct their own affairs, nurturing your connections with them is a must. Books that hone healthy, vibrant relationships will feed into your own work, their work, and ultimately enrich the community at-large.

  1. Gratitude and Pasta: The Secret Sauce for Human Connection by Chris Schembra
    Chances are you spend a fair amount of time attending luncheons, dinners and other events centered around food where your work is a side note. This book will teach you to foster deeper relationships via those situations.
  2. Friend of a Friend…: Understanding the Hidden Networks That Can Transform Your Life and Your Career by David Burkus
    Every leader understands the value and necessity of networking, but it's also important to include friends, family and former clients in that circle. This book underscores how to take advantage of the strong and valuable connections you've already created.
  3. Creating Connections: 31 Days to Building Stronger & Deeper Relationships by Mitch Taylor and Vickie Musni
    Sometimes the littlest things can make the biggest difference in life, and Forbes explains this book teaches you to take those small moments and use them to build bigger connections with others.

Hone in on Leadership

Some people seem to be natural leaders, seeking out situations that allow them to exercise their abilities. Others are thrust into their roles and feel like fish out of water. Regardless of how you came to be a leader, honing your skills will help you to be the best leader you possibly can.

  1. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Stephen R. Covey
    No leadership reading list is complete without including this classic. If you haven’t read this gem before or if it has been a while, this book can help you enhance your leadership skills from the inside out.
  2. Off the Clock: Feel Less Busy While Getting More Done by Laura Vanderkam
    If you tend to run on empty, overcommit and/or have minimal personal life, this book is for you.
  3. The Leadership Challenge: How to Keep Getting Extraordinary Things Done in Organizations by Barry Z. Posner
    If there is another leadership classic that you need in your life, this is it. These authors delve into how your personality traits—whether you’re an introvert or extrovert—can contribute to your leadership in action, and they teach you how to naturally capitalize on what makes you tick.

Spur Positive Change

Being connected with people and exemplifying leadership is meaningless if you aren’t making the world a better place. These selections will help you use your abilities for encouraging change and innovation.

  1. How Innovation Works: And Why It Flourishes in Freedom by Matt Ridley
    This author tells the reader stories about various field-related innovations and how they came to be. He describes how one change can lead to future changes, and explains why sometimes we don’t realize the full capabilities of innovation until that change is put into practice.
  2. Imagination: The Science of Your Mind’s Greatest Power by Jim Davies
    Davies dives into the functionality of imagination in this interesting read. From how we visualize something when it’s described to us to how we remember events and information, it describes how our imaginations shape our world and lives, and how we can also shape our use of imagination.
  3. Make, Think, Imagine: Engineering the Future of Civilization by John Browne
    This book takes a look at how those who intend to initiate change and encourage progress must tune into the softer side of humanity—the arts, aesthetics and other less functional and rational needs. For looking at meshing practicalities with pleasure for true advancement, this read is for you.

In anticipation of summer reading that enhances your leadership, search the library catalog for these and similar titles. Don’t see the title you are looking for? Fill out a Materials Request Form for Interlibrary Loan or new acquisitions.

Guest blogger, Patricia Hill knew she wanted to be a teacher from the time she was in elementary school. Along with a few of her colleagues, she created EducatorTools.info to offer helpful resources and inspiration to both established and aspiring educators. When she’s not in the classroom, she enjoys trail running and working on her skills as an outdoor photographer.

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