Odyssey Book Club – 3 leadership books to inspire you


Every once in a while, you read a book that changes you – inspiring your career, clarifying your goals, challenging your thinking.  These 3 books are great additions to any reading list, especially for people seeking inspiration for great leadership.



1. The Heart Of Leadership

We stand in the doorway of the Relationship Age, says Sabina Spencer.With rapid connections now possible through the internet and digital technology, we feel the links between us more strongly than ever before. Words like ‘networks’, ‘alliances’, ‘partnerships’ and ‘communities’ reflect our sense of connectedness and require a very different orientation to leadership. We can no longer operate with a divide and conquer mentality, putting self-interest above the common good. In this groundbreaking and thoughtful book, the author explains that there are seven keys we need to possess if we want to be a source of inspiration to others. She describes how we can: Establish security Generate passionShare power Inspire loveVoice truth Trust our intuitionHonour the mystery of life Only then will we be able to create a future that is enriching and sustainable for everyone.

(£10.99; amazon.co.uk)



2. What To Ask The Person In The Mirror

HBS professor and business leader Robert Kaplan presents a process for asking the big questions that will enable you to diagnose problems, change course if necessary, and advance your career.  Successful leaders know that leadership is less often about having all the answers and more often about asking the right questions. The challenge lies in being able to step back, reflect, and ask the key questions that are critical to your performance and your organisation’s effectiveness.

(£7.99; amazon.co.uk)



3. Being The Boss

Linda Hill and Kent Lineback reveal in Being the Boss, becoming an effective manager is a painful, difficult journey. It’s trial and error, endless effort, and slowly acquired personal insight. Many managers never complete the journey. At best, they just learn to get by. At worst, they become terrible bosses.  Packed with compelling stories and practical guidance, Being the Boss is an indispensable guide for not only first-time managers but all managers seeking to master the most daunting challenges of leadership.

(£19.99; amazon.co.uk)