Leaders are Readers Series

Talk Like TED


Talk Like TED not only makes you a better public speaker, its wisdom will make you a better communicator.   Carmine Gallo challenges us to be passionate storytellers so we can effectively articulate our message... and ultimately take our audience on a journey. I highly recommend this book to anyone - it's not just for improving our public speaking, the advice will help all of us connect more through conversation. 

The Tao of Pooh


Easy read and so many fine nuggets about the power in just being. Many of us never slow down enough to hear our own wisdom. 

"Within each  of us is an Owl, a Rabbit, an Eeyore, and a Pooh. For too long, we have chosen the way of Owl and Rabbit. Now, like Eeyore, we complain about the results. But that accomplishes nothing. If we are smart, we will choose the way of Pooh." To find out why - read this short book!!! 

Man's Search for Meaning


A foundational book that helps you explore where you find meaning in your life. He also talks about how much we really can control our responses to the world around us. How do you choose to react to stress and stimulus? What motivates you when life gets tough? Check it out!

The Mentor Leader


I love sports and I love reading. I especially love when they come together. I can appreciate his faith-based approach to mentorship and team development. Solid lessons on how to help others be their best in order to achieve greatness when everyone comes together as a team. What type of mentor are you? Are you a Mentor Leader?



What gives you purpose? What motivates you? How do you motivate others? If it’s only with a carrot and a stick, you might want to reevaluate your methods. Especially if you are trying to inspire creativity, passion, and dedication to the work. This book discusses intrinsic motivation and how the big paycheck  may not be the fastest way to career fulfillment.

How to Win Friends and Influence People


Despite being written long ago, his insights into human behavior are timeless. While working the Syrian Chemical Weapons destruction mission at the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons a few years ago, I was privileged to see Carnegie’s words in action. Be a good human. Be civil. Be authentic. Even when it's hard.

Lincoln on Leadership


I love the themes of relationships, empathy, kindness, courage, and grit. I used many of his lessons while leading a 400-person military unit - in particular, I found strong alliances and persuasion vs coercion most effective! What lessons do you use while leading your teams?

The Guns of August


There are so many lessons for leaders in this book, which make it an interesting and thought-provoking read. In the forefront are questions on war, crisis management, escalation, conflict resolution, and even how technology can exceed our morality as human beings.  A must for any military strategist, but I think it is applicable to business relations as well. Thoughts?

The Art of Learning


Such a great book about how we learn and grow as individuals. He helps us realize our learning is linked to our breath, our focus and presence, but also our willingness to choose the challenge. Some lessons: Make peace with your discomfort. Be present. And my favorite... Play like a child while harnessing your adult skill-sets!

“A key component of high-level learning is cultivating a resilient awareness that is the older, conscious embodiment of a child’s playful obliviousness.”

The Landmark Thucydides


There are so many interesting themes and ways to critically think about the Peloponnesian War, especially through the eyes of Thucydides. Why do we choose conflict? How do you end conflict and do you really find a greater state of peace afterward? Does morality exist in war?  You don’t have to be a military strategist to enjoy this book! It crosses many disciplines and has relevance to the modern world. 

Don’t let its size dissuade you... to me, the lessons are readable, thought-provoking, and captivating along the backdrop of a historic Ancient Greek conflict.