Leadership can be a loaded term. Ask someone what it takes to be a leader, and you’ll likely get different responses. However, there is an expectation for leaders, including a skillset leaders are assumed to master.

So, I’ve taken the time to carefully craft a list of recommended literature along those expectations. Then I combined it with the topics most frequently requested in coaching.

This article organizes 29 of the most influential leadership books into eight categories.

1 — Leading Thought

“It’s not an accident that successful people read more books.” Seth Godin

2 — Grow Your Leadership In These Areas

Reading is vital to your growth as a leader, personal development…

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Have you ever been ghosted by a recruiter or hiring manager? If you’re not familiar with “ghosting” — lucky you! Ghosting is the act of suddenly disappearing by no longer responding to any messages. Both employers and job seekers lament the practice. But that’s changing now.

We only get disappointed to the degree of our expectations. (unknown)


Your Choice: Respond or Ignore?

Be prepared for a surprise if you have been ghosted by an employer before. A recent article in the Wall Street Journal reported that job seekers have been contacted by employers two to four years after being ghosted by them…

They say people leave bad managers, not employers. What makes a manager intolerable to employees? What does it mean to be a “Helicopter Boss” and how does one impact performance?

1 — Leading Thought

Micromanagement intends to control a team but achieves the exact opposite. (Corinna Hagen)


2 — Your Choice: Enable Performance

When the pandemic shifted nearly all work into a virtual, remote setting, one question leaders have asked was, “How do I know they’re working?” The question assumes that you only know people are working if you see them. …

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Do the words “leadership” and “balance” sound like opposites to you? You’re in good company.

Many leaders desire balance, but I often hear how hard it is for them to “find it.” Usually, the argument is that it is “probably impossible since leaders are required to (___ fill-in-the-blank___). Is that you?

1 — Leading Thought

Finding balance is a misnomer. You don’t find balance. You manage and maintain it. (Corinna Hagen)


2 — Your Choice: How Leaders Create Balance

Here’s your executive summary of the steps. For more detail, let’s talk.

1. Stop energy-draining habits and mindsets. Do a “busy-detox” and stop drinking the “busy” Kool-Aid where you pride…

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Who wins your ego, or you?

It may seem that the two are the same, but they are not. Your ego can get get in your way. Are you a leader who asks for help?

Leaders encounter this challenge at one point, or another: They are hesitant to ask for help. There’s a reason behind the common saying that “it is lonely at the top.” This statement doesn’t merely refer to the reduced number of people being able to relate to you.

When I consider this statement, I think of the many leaders I have met who will not ask…

Over the past six months, I have written a book: “High-Performance Virtual Work: How Leaders Create Effective Virtual Workplaces.” Drumroll… The book launched today!

A publisher approached me to write about virtual work. In fact, this was due to my twelve years of virtual work experience. A request to author a book is a great honor to me. Additionally, this request sparked new excitement about a topic I am passionate about. Over the years, I addressed many misconceptions and learned a lot in the process. I learned about myself, leadership, communication, time management, and other topics that require special attention…

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Most leaders share that they care about their teams. Many of them say they have their finger “on the pulse” of the organization. Do you?

There is no health without mental health. — David Satcher


Your Employees Think You Don’t Care (Enough)

A recent survey by Ginger, a mental health app, showed that there is a gap between how CEOs view the needs of employees vs their employees assessment.

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Have you been giving an important presentation or and suddenly heard a voice in your head saying something like, “That was a dumb idea. Now they will find out that you don’t belong here”?

Maybe it was something similar. Let’s call this voice your inner critic. Today, we’ll talk about dealing with it so it won’t get in your way.

Where the mind goes, the man follows. — Joyce Meyer


Attend Your Thoughts

Our thoughts are so powerful that books exist about it, and famous sayings have addressed the astounding effect of mere thoughts on our destiny. …

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We’re halfway through the year and a few miles away from your New-Year’s Resolution. How are you progressing on your goals?

If you’re like most people, you have tried and stopped, perhaps tried again, and are still trying to create consistent change. You want to reach your goals (of course!). Maybe you’ve thought about giving up, but then someone told you that you haven’t lost until you’ve given up, so you’re determined to keep trying.

If your approach so far hasn’t worked, let’s try a new approach and keep you from entering insanity. Deal?

Starting Is Half The Battle

Let’s say you want to change…

By this time of the year, work is moving at a fast pace for most leaders. We’re long past the holidays and past setting plans. We’re directing, aligning, enabling, achieving, reporting, challenging, problem solving, and making decisions along the way.

It can make us dizzy or throw us of track if we don’t remain alert. This week’s Leading Choices talks about keeping focus when you’re in a storm or when the business train is running at a mind-blowing speed.

I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it is. — Wayne Gretzky


Don’t Be a Knee-Jerk


Corinna Hagen

Goal digger, business writer, cat lover and design aficionado. Leadership Communication Coach and Talent Development Consultant at zaradigm.com.

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