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An effective leader must be able to encourage contributions from the entire organization and inspire members at every level to achieve not only their personal best but the best for the organization as a whole. Below is a list and brief description of some of the best available books to help you develop your leadership skills.


ALL AVAILABLE BOATS
The Evacuation of Manhattan Island on September 11, 2001

Mike Magee, MD ISBN 1-889793-11-6
From a day of “business as usual” to a true story of heroics brewed out of tragedy, many people stepped up with acts outside their normal activities that saved many, many lives.

FAILING FORWARD
Turning Mistakes into Stepping Stones for Success

John C. Maxwell ISBN 978-0-7852-7430-8
Come out of your comfort zone and take risks to achieve success. You may fail, but how you handle your failure dictates how successful you will be as a leader.

FISH!
A Remarkable Way to Boost Morale and Improve Results

Stephen C. Lundin, Ph.D. and Harry Paul and John Christensen ISBN 978-0-7868-6602-1
Love what you do and do what you love; this parable will help you visualize your potential.

How to Win Friends and Influence People
Dale Carnegie ISBN 0-671-02703-4
One of the first best-selling self-help books ever published
This book has been around for quite a while but still has value in today's world.

IT’S OUR SHIP
The No-Nonsense Guide to Leadership

Captain D. Michael Abrashoff ISBN-10 0-446-19966-4
The story of Captain Mike Abrtashoff and his unique command of the USS Benfold.

LEADERSHIP 101
What Every Leader Needs to Know

John C. Maxwell ISBN 0-7852-6419-1
All good leaders have learned to say no to the good and yes to the best. Self-Discipline is the first step to effective Leadership.

MAKING HORSES DRINK
How to Lead and Succeed in Business

Alex Hiam ISBN 1-891984-50-0
If we were to ask anyone if they would rather be fantastic or ordinary in our organization everyone would answer fantastic. So why do we get ordinary behavior from our membership?

OUR ICEBERG IS MELTING
Changing and Succeeding Under Any Conditions

John Kotter ISBN 0-312-36198-x
The characters in the story, Fred, Alice, Louis, Buddy, The Professor, and NoNo, are like people we recognize, sometimes even ourselves. This story tells of resistance to change and brave actions to overcome the obstacles facing us today as leaders.

PLEASE DON’T JUST DO WHAT I TELL YOU!
Do What Needs to Be Done

Bob Nelson, Ph.D. ISBN 0-7868-6729-9
Every employees guide to making work more rewarding

THE MAXWELL DAILY READER
365 Days of Insight

John C. Maxwell ISBN 978-1-4002-8016-2
365 days of insight to develop the leader within you and influence those around you.

THE RIGHT TO LEAD
A Study in Character and Courage

John C. Maxwell ISBN 0-8499-5768-0
Elections and Appointments do not give any one the “right” to lead. Doing the right thing gives you the right to lead.

THE SECRET
What Great Leaders Know—And Do

Ken Blanchard and Mark Miller ISBN-10 1-57675-403-0
“Everyone can be great, because everyone can serve.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

THE STARFISH FILES
One Leaders’ Account of Insight and Inspiration under Duress

Alex Haim ISBN 0-87425-836-7
How we can relate Leadership to the Life of a Starfish.

WHO MOVED MY CHEESE
Spencer Johnson, M.D. ISBN 0-399-14446-3
“It would be all so easy if you had a map to the Maze. If the same old routines worked. If they’d just stop moving “The Cheese.” But things keep changing.

ZAPP!
The Lightning of Empowerment

William C. Byham, Ph.D. ISBN: 0-449-00282-9
Most managers know that revitalization in their companies must occur from the ground up. But how can you get that message to your employees without applying the kind of pressure that makes them even less productive?