A while back, Michael Hyatt shared a list of interview questions about leadership. These questions got me thinking. I’ll be sharing my thoughts in a series of posts here on my blog.
What are a few resources you would recommend to someone looking to gain insight into becoming a better leader?
For the past few months, I’ve been asked more often what books and resources I would recommend to other leaders. It’s hard to say, because every leader has their own strengths and weaknesses, their own things that they’re naturally good at and that they need to work on. Every leader has different things that they consume.
By and large, though, if I had to pick one general thing for the masses, I would say that leaders would serve themselves well by reading Patrick Lencioni’s books. His books provide leadership fables that tell very descriptive stories that teach lessons about leadership. These leadership fables typically go back to fundamentals about creating high-performing teams and healthy organizations.
The Five Dysfunctions of a Team describes the importance of building trust, of having true debate and vulnerability within an organization, and of holding each other accountable. These are fundamentals for high-performing teams.
Silos, Politics and Turf Wars describes how a single vision, a single important priority, can galvanize a team and get them to work together.
All of his books teach us how to build teams in an intentional manner, not overlooking those things that some depict as soft skills but ultimately are the things that truly create a high-performing culture and a differentiated team.
What are your favorite leadership resources?