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.’ See our favorite books on leadership below.
We both just finished Great At Work by Morten Hansen, PhD. The author, a former professor at Harvard Business School, studied the habits of more than 5,000 managers and employees to develop his “Seven Work Smarter Practices.” Whether you work in a large company or a small team, you will learn the critical importance of obsessive focus and creating value. It will teach you to work smarter on the tasks that move the needle towards a very focused vision. If you have a tendency to multi-task or are overwhelmed by constant To Do Lists that range across a variety of projects and goals, this book is your homework.
“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
“Positive Intelligence ranks in the top three most influential business books I have ever read. If I could give only one book to the thousands of team members in my organization to enhance their performance, it would be this book.” —Lisa Stevens, Region President, Wells Fargo Bank
“A myth-busting “how to” for the next generation of women leaders, and those who want to see them succeed. These ideas will transform our workplaces, our careers, and our lives.”―Rita McGrath, professor at Columbia Business School and a Thinkers50 Top Ten Business Thinker
“We need more women at every level of the workplace. And, in The Myth of the Nice Girl, Fran Hauser redefines our outdated notions of what a powerful leader should look like and shows how a culture in which we no longer allow brilliant jerks to dominate the workplace will be better not just for women, but for everyone — and for the bottom line.” -Arianna Huffington, Founder & CEO of Thrive Global and Founder of Huffington Post
“Drawing on her decades of experience building high-performance professional environments, Patty McCord has given us a valuable playbook for designing workplaces where colleagues thrive. Anyone interested in building and strengthening talent will find Powerful a useful resource to create professional cultures anchored in mutual respect, empathy, and creativity.” ― Laurene Powell Jobs, Founder and President of Emerson Collective
“No longer do we need to worry about how our ideas will be judged. By showing us how to mobilize communities around our ideas, Nilofer Merchant shows us why and how we can elevate the power of our ideas to limitless heights unfettered by conformity.” —Amy Cuddy, author of Presence
“Your Story Is Your Power is the perfect combination of heartfelt advice and inspirational creation—which is definitely a message that will resonate with so many women and the vibrant community we are building every day.” – Kerri Jarema, Bustle