Leadership Book Recommendations


Book Recommendations


At the Top of Their Game: Profiles of Successful Health Care Leaders
By: Stephen E. Gordon
Stephen Gordon's book features 30 captivating profiles of successful health care leaders who've made a huge impact on the practice of medicine. 

Authentic Leadership: Rediscovering the Secrets to Creating Lasting Value
By: Bill George
Bill George expounds on what he considers to be the cause of the current leadership crisis - a crisis that is apparent in the business world. Looking back on his thirty years of experience as a corporate executive, George offers authentic leadership as a means for building people and companies capable of making a positive contribution to the world. 

Credibility: How Leaders Gain and Lose It, Why People Demand It
By: James Kouzes and Barry Posner
Behavioral savants James Kouzes and Barry Posner provide philosophical and practical guidance for business executives at a time when computers, consultants, coproduction, and ever-growing employee empowerment leave less for managers to do. From a penetrating survey of business methods and employee attitudes worldwide, Kouzes and Posner pinpoint future trends (e.g., more authority for customer contact personnel) in a logical, integrated and symbiotic organizational plan to replace a now-outdated omnipotent-boss system. 

Death by Meeting
By: Patrick Lencioni
Patrick Lencioni focuses on a cure for the most painful yet underestimated problem of modern business: bad meetings. And what he suggests is both simple and revolutionary. Death by Meeting is nothing short of a blueprint for leaders who want to eliminate waste and frustration among their teams, and create environments of engagement and passion. 

Fierce Conversations
By: Susan Scott
Fierce Conversations  offers numerous useful principles that will help anyone become a better conversationalist and a more responsive listener. 

Health Care Ethics: Critical Issues for the 21st Century
By: Eileen E. Morrison
Building on the wisdom and forward thinking authors John Monagle and David Thomasa, this thorough revision of Health Care Ethics: Critical Issues for the 21st Century brings the reader up-to-date on the most important issued in biomedical ethics today. Designed for upper-level programs, this text will challenge the reader to think beyond the existing system of medicine and inspire further exploration and thought. 

How Doctors Think
By: Jerome Groopman, MD
Groopman explores why doctors err and shows when and how they can, with our help, avoid snap judgments, embrace uncertainty, communicate effectively, and deploy other skills that can profoundly impact our health. 

Masterpieces in Health Care Leadership Cases and Analysis of Best Practice
By: Rachel Naomi Remen, MD
In a deeply moving and down-to-earth collection of true stories, Rachel Naomi Remen, MD shows us life in all its power and mystery and reminds us that the things we cannot measure may be the things that ultimately sustain and enrich our lives. 

Outliers: The Story of Success
By: Malcolm Gladwell
Malcolm Gladwell poses a more provocative question in Outliers: why do some people succeed, living remarkably productive and impactful lives, while so many more never reach their potential? 

Physicians as Leaders
By: Mindi McKenna and Perry Pugno
Packed with questions for reflection or discussion, and supported by evidence-based references to current best practices, this book by McKenna and Pugno provides actionable guidance for physicians. Readers will discover how to build upon their unique strengths and passions, enhancing their leadership impact through coaching, education and on-the-job experiences. 

Practicing Medicine in the 21st Century
Edited by: David B. Nash, MD, MBA
This book covers medical management from head to toe including: clinical management, information management, the practice environment, practice administration, financial management and future trends. 

Primal Leadership: Learning to Lead with Emotional Intelligence
By: Daniel Goleman, Richard Boyatzis, and Annie McKee
The authors of this book draw on in-depth research and numerous studies in the fields of psychology and neurology to make their case that great leadership is primarily and essentially a matter of emotional intelligence. 

Sustaining the Dignity and Nobility of Medical Care: A Collection of Essays
By: Joseph Simone, MD
This collection of essays by Dr. Joseph Simone provides advice and insights that speak to the challenges, opportunities, and nobility of being a doctor. Unlike other non-fiction books that are about being a doctor, Dr. Simone's is to-the-point, easy to access and reference throughout a busy day, and speaks to the hard truths of professional medical life. 

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team
By: Patrick Lencioni
Lencioni weaves his lessons around the story of a troubled Silicon Valley firm and its unexpected choice for a new CEO. Showing exactly how existing personnel failed to function as a unit, and precisely how the new boss worked to reestablish that essential conduct, the book's first part colorfully illustrates the ways that teamwork can elude even the most dedicated individuals - and be restored by an insightful leader. A second part offers details on Lencioni's "five dysfunctions," along with a questionnaire for readers to use in evaluating their own teams and specifics to help them understand and overcome these common shortcomings. 

The Information Executives Truly Need    
By: Peter Drucker
To manage in the future, executives will need an information system integrated with strategy so they can better sift through the information to best interpret it for a specific business purpose. 

The Leadership Challenge
By: James Kouzes and Barry Posner
This book was written to help managers and nonmanagers alike improve their abilities to lead others to get extraordinary things done in organizations. 

This Side of Doctoring, Reflections from Women in Medicine
By: Eliza Lo Chin, MD
In This Side of Doctoring Eliza Lo Chin offers a penetrating analysis of what it's like to be a woman in the highly competitive field of medicine. Written over the last century and a half, this collection of personal stories, poems, essays, and quotations reveals the intimate lives of over a hundred female physicians.  

Last Updated On

November 15, 2016

Originally Published On

March 18, 2011

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