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May 2013’s Featured Reading List

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Leadership and Self Deception

Through a story everyone can relate to about a man facing challenges on the job and in his family, the authors expose the fascinating ways that we can blind ourselves to our true motivations and unwittingly sabotage the effectiveness of our own efforts to achieve success and increase happiness.

It changes your own image of yourself and your mindset as a leader. You see yourself and the barriers that you put in front of yourself and other people. You begin to see people for who they are without the veils that we put in front. As Michael has said, it breaks down your ego so that you are no longer ego driven.”

True North

True North shows how anyone who follows his or her internal compass can become an authentic leader. In this important book, acclaimed former Medtronic CEO Bill George and coauthor Peter Sims share the wisdom of these outstanding leaders and describe how you can develop as an authentic leader.

True North takes you on a journey of self-discovery in finding your passion about leadership for your own reasons and what motivates you. The most successful leaders, the authors learn, rarely start out wanting to get rich. They are inspired to make a difference, to test their limits, to follow a passion.

Leadership Challenge

Leadership Challenge serves as a resource for any leader, whether a college student organization president or a Fortune 500 company‟s Chief Executive Officer. Kouzes and Posner’s book is organized in a series of chapters that explain and clarify their suggested “Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership.”

The book aims to help leaders engage in these best practices, in order to strengthen their leadership skills and abilities. The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership are: Model the Way, Inspire a Shared Vision, Challenge the Process, Enable Others to Act, and Encourage the Heart. Kouzes and Posner describe these Practices not as components of a leader‟s personality, but behaviors that are available to anyone through committed practice. Within the Five Practices outlined in The Leadership Challenge there are also “Ten Commitments of Leadership.” Through their explanation of the Five Practices and Ten Commitments, Kouzes and Posner showcase real life success stories of leaders, as they apply to each practice and/or commitment.