The What List of Books on Leadership
As leaders or future leaders, we all need inspiration and guidance to operate at our peak performance and to inspire others to do the same. Our motto here at The What HQ has always been ‘When in doubt … research, read, and ready.’ One leader we admire greatly is our friend Susan Griffin-Black who is the Co-Founder and CEO of EO Products. Susan and her ex-husband founded the company in the early 90s and still run it today. Theirs is an inspirational story of integrity and commitment, which even caught the attention of The New York Times: Marriage Ended. The Company Thrived. Susan has a mindset that has always been open, expansive, and inclusive. She is also a soulful entrepreneur who has been a practicing student of Zen Buddhism for over thirty years (we started meditating after a conversation with her last summer) and she fosters a workplace culture that is infused with right-mindedness, autonomy, and humility. Last month, we kicked off our official partnership with EO as a supporter of The What and contributor to a monthly column on mindfulness, conscious leadership, and the power of scent. She truly embodies her favorite saying, “Work is love made visible.” We are grateful for EOs support of this newsletter and community and hope our love for Susan and EO’s products are evident. Next time you see her products on your grocery store shelves, you’ll know that they are made with love and kindness. Congratulations to Susan and EO on winning the 2018 Conscious Workplace Award. See our favorite books on leadership below.
Our friend Jenny, a brilliant entrepreneur and VC, mentioned over lunch the other day that the book Positive Intelligence by Shirzad Chamine was one of the best leadership books she’s ever read and that she sometimes rereads it to refresh her memory. Of course, we all ordered it at the table and devoured it in one sitting. Here are five more books we return to time and time again.
“Jennifer provides a fresh take on leadership, combining the best techniques from business and social change to help you transform your passion into a movement. She shows how all of us can create positive change in the world and make our lives purposeful.” —Ben Rattray, founder and CEO of Change.org