Future Leaders recommended books


Managing oneself by Drucker A short but sweet introduction to the idea of managing oneself. Companies today aren't managing their knowledge workers careers. Instead, you must be your own chief executive officer. That means it's up to you to carve out your place in the world and know when to change course. LINK

The Impact of Enhancing Student’s Social and Emotional Learning: A Meta-Analysis of School-Based Universal Interventions. Child Development by Durlak This article presents findings from a meta-analysis of 213 school-based, universal social and emotional learning (SEL) programs involving 270,034 kindergartens through high school students. Compared to controls, SEL participants demonstrated significantly improved social and emotional skills, attitudes, behavior, and academic performance. LINK

Supporting lifelong learning by Harrison Examines the ways in which learning is organized in a diverse range of lifelong learning environments. If we are to harness the full potential of this learning, the structures of organizations and providers will have to change. LINK

Relations and collaboration

Applications of Flow in Human Development and Education by Csikszentmihalyi A comprehensive gathering of Csikszentmihalyi's work. Referred to by Vegard Jørmeland in gathering 2. LINK Leadership in the sixth wave—excursions into the new paradigm of the Kondratieff cycle 2010–2050 by Markku Wilenius The paper investigates the concept of leadership and its significance to businesses, societies, and individuals in the next 40 years. LINK Managers doing leadership: The extra-ordinarization of the mundane by Alvesson Based on a case study of managers in a large, international knowledge-intensive company this article suggests a rethinking of leadership, taking the mundane, almost trivial, aspects of what managers/leaders actually do seriously. LINK

COMPLEXITY IN ORGANIZATIONS AND ENVIRONMENT by Robert Fabac In the processes of, the so-called emergency, the formal organizational structure, designed purposefully and with a plan, is going through a change due to the complexity and the need for adaptation. LINK

We Are Asking the Wrong Question about Leadership: The Case for ‘Good-Enough’ Leadership

This chapter presents the argument that leadership is not always effective, even though we know a great deal about what makes leadership effective. LINK

Act like a leader, think like a leader by Ibarra This outsight principle is the core idea of this book. The principle holds that the only way to think like a leader is to first act: to plunge yourself into new projects and activities, interact with very different kinds of people, and experiment with unfamiliar ways of getting things done. LINK

The 13 Behaviors of a High Trust Leader

What separates the great leaders from the good ones? What makes a manager a manager of choice by her reports, peers, and boss? What makes an individual credible with customers, suppliers, distributors, investors, and other stakeholders? While there are many dimensions to these questions, there is one common thread throughout: being an individual who can be trusted. LINK(Article) and LINK(Model)


Conversations are the way workers discover what they know, share it with their colleagues, and in the process create new knowledge for the organization. In the new economy, conversations are the most important form of work . . . so much so that the conversation is the organization. LINK

The Art of Powerful Questions

The Art of Powerful Questions Catalyzing Insight, Innovation, and Action. In a growing number of organizations, leaders are discovering that crafting powerful questions is a key skill in today's knowledge economy. Questions open the door to dialogue and discovery. By generating creative insights and breakthrough thinking, they can lead to action on important issues and ignite change. This 16-page volume provides a practical framework for formulating powerful questions, a set of skills for leading "inquiring systems," and examples of companies that have created business value by improving the quality of their questions. LINK

New Leadership in the Age of Complexity: From Hero to Host

Short article on the need to move the leader role from Hero to Host to facilitate complexity(Art Of Hosting). LINK

Nine Emerging and Connected Organizational and Leadership Principles

The study of the science of complex adaptive systems and work with leaders in health care and other organizations has led to some principles of management that are consistent with an understanding of adaptive organizations. These principles begin to give us a new way of thinking about and approaching our roles as leaders in organizations. LINK

Reinventing Organizations Illustrated

Frederic Laloux's Reinventing Organizations is considered by many to be the most influential management book of this decade. It has inspired hundreds, probably thousands, of organizations throughout the world to take a radical leap and adopt a whole different set of management principles and practices. Link to download and pay what feels right(Free)

Complex problem solving

A Leaders Framework for Decision Making

An introduction to the cynefin model which enables you to categorize a problem and define the best approach LINK

Understanding Design Thinking, Lean, and Agile Design Thinking, Lean, and Agile are mindsets that, when practiced, help organizations develop new competencies. We learn to tackle problems and explore possibilities. LINK

COMPONENTIAL THEORY OF CREATIVITY by Amabile The componential theory of creativity is a comprehensive model of the social and psychological components necessary for an individual to produce creative work. LINK

Beyond the Holacracy Hype by Ethan Bernstein "Our research and experience tell us that elements of self-organization will become valuable tools for companies of all kinds. Yet we see real challenges in embracing the approach."LINK

Introduction to Systems Thinking by Daniel H. Kim What exactly is systems thinking? In simplest terms, systems thinking is a way of seeing and talking about reality that helps us better understand and work with systems to influence the quality of our lives. LINK

Donella Meadows: Leverage Points - Places to Intervene in a system

Meadows, who worked in the field of systems analysis, proposed a scale of places to intervene in a system. Awareness and manipulation of these levers is an aspect of self-organization and can lead to collective intelligence. Must read! LINK

Towards a Theory of Systemic Action

12 Principles for how to navigate systemic action LINK

The Chaordic Stepping Stones - A Planning tool for designing participatory processes

The term “chaordic” comes from combining the words “chaos” and “order.” It is a word coined by Dee Hock to identify organizations that intentionally blend characteristic of chaos and order. This tool can be used by callers - those who see that there is work to be done in the world - in order to get their thinking straight and create good containers for planning and action. LINK

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