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10 Great Books Every Leader Should Read

“Leadership & learning are indispensable to one another.”

-President John F. Kennedy


Great Leaders read and share great books on Leadership.

Here are our 10 favourite Leadership Books of all time:

Gary Hamel | Author of Leading the Revolution

Gary Hamel, one of the world’s most influential and iconoclastic business thinkers, lays out an innovative action plan for any company or individual intent on becoming—and staying—an industry revolutionary, for years to come.

He has worked with leading companies across the globe and is a dynamic and sought-after management speaker. Hamel has been on the faculty of the London Business School for more than 30 years and is the director of the Management Innovation eXchange.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Gary-Hamel


Amy C. Edmondson | Author of The Fearless Organization The Fearless Organization Leadership book by Amy C. Edmondson, keynote speaker, The Sweeney Agency Speakers Bureau

With so much riding on innovation, creativity, and spark, it is essential to attract and retain quality talent—but what good does this talent do if no one is able to speak their mind?

Amy C. Edmondson‘s book,The Fearless Organization: Creating Psychological Safety in the Workplace for Learning, Innovation, and Growth, offers practical guidance for teams and organizations who are serious about success in the modern economy.

Amy C. Edmondson is the Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management at the Harvard Business School. The Novartis Chair. Edmondson’s research examines leadership, learning and innovation in teams and organizations, and has been published in numerous academic and managerial articles.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/amy-c-edmondson/


Mike Abrashoff | Former Commander, USS Benfold and Author of It’s Your Ship

Mike Abrashoff‘s inspiring speeches challenge people to re-imagine their own leadership thinking and instill a renewed responsibility for results and success. At the age of 36, the Navy selected Abrashoff to become Commander of USS Benfold, at the time the most junior commanding officer in the Pacific Fleet. The immediate challenges that faced him on this under performing Naval war ship were staggering: exceptionally low morale, high turnover and unacceptably low performance evaluations. Few thought that this ship could improve. In many ways, the USS Benfold was actually an extreme example of the same problems facing many organizations today.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/Mike-Abrashoff

Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour | Author of Zero to Breakthrough Vernice Armour Leadership book at The Sweeney Agency Speakers Bureau

Before she was thirty years old, Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour had become a decorated naval aviator, Camp Pendleton’s 2001 Female Athlete of the Year and Strongest Warrior winner, the first female African-American on Nashville’s motorcycle police squad, and a member of the San Diego Sunfire professional women’s football team. She’s a force to be reckoned with, and she believes that women and men from all walks of life have the potential to achieve the highest levels of success with the right flight plan. In Zero to Breakthrough, Vernice turns aspiration into action by revealing how to create the path that will get you out of your rut on onto the runway – cleared for take off.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/vernice-armour/


Gratitude leadership business gostick elton book speakersAdrian Gostick & Chester Elton | Authors of Leading with Gratitude 

Workers want and need to know their work is appreciated. Showing gratitude to employees is the easiest, fastest, most inexpensive way to boost performance. New research shows that gratitude boosts employee engagement, reduces turnover, and leads team members to express more gratitude to one another—strengthening team bonds.

Adrian Gostick & Chester Elton provide real solutions on managing change, organizational culture, driving innovation, and leading high-performance teams. They are global workplace experts and thought leaders in the fields of corporate culture, leadership, and engagement.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/adrian-gostick/

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/chester-elton/


Patrick Lencioni | Author of The AdvantageThe Advantage, Leadership book by Patrick Lencioni, Leadership Speaker at The Sweeney Agency Speakers Bureau

New York Times best-selling author and our speaker on Leadership, Patrick Lencioni, argues that the seminal difference between successful companies and mediocre ones has little to do with what they know and how smart they are and more to do with how healthy they are. In this book, Lencioni brings together his vast experience and many of the themes cultivated in his other best-selling books and delivers a first: a cohesive and comprehensive exploration of the unique advantage organizational health provides.

Patrick Lencioni is founder and president of The Table Group, a firm dedicated to providing organizations with ideas, products and services that improve teamwork, clarity and employee engagement.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/patrick-lencioni/

Katty Kay | Author of WomenomicsKatty Kay's Womenomics at The Sweeney Agency Speakers Bureau

Katty Kay is an award-winning journalist and speaker, who brings a fresh perspective to the reporting of American politics and global affairs. Katty’s insights reflect a global mindset that is a natural offshoot of having grown up in the Middle East and worked as a journalist in Europe, Africa, and Asia before coming to Washington in 1996.

Her first book, Womenomics: Write Your Own Rules for Success, she examined the workplace revolution and inspired women to take control, dream big and discover a different way of weaving work into their lives – and in the process create more profitable companies with happier and more productive employees.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/katty-kay/


John Foley | Author of Fearless SuccessLeadership book by John Foley - keynote speaker - The Sweeney Agency Speakers Bureau

John Foley is a former Lead Solo Pilot of the Blue Angels, “Top Ten Carrier Pilot,” a best-selling author and an expert on high-performance teams. As a keynote speaker, John has inspired over 1,000 organizations to increase trust, elevate execution and build a culture of excellence. His message goes above and beyond expectations. With engaging stories and electrifying videos of Blue Angel aerobatics, his presentations will give your organization a renewed spirit, purpose and energy. John’s events inspire, motivate and align teams to improve performance, strengthen teamwork, and thrive with a Glad to Be Here Mindset.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/john-foley/


Dr. Tasha Eurich | Author of Bankable LeadershipBankable Leadership by Tasha Eurich at The Sweeney Agency Speakers Bureau

Tasha Eurich is an organizational psychologist, researcher, and New York Times best-selling author. She’s built a reputation as a fresh, modern leadership voice in the business world by pairing her scientific grounding in human behaviour – with a pragmatic approach to professional development. In Bankable Leadership, psychologist, executive coach, and proud leadership speaker Dr. Tasha Eurich reveals how to make leadership exhilarating, fun, and fulfilling. Built on decades of research and the transformation of real leaders, her fresh, practical model can help anyone become bankable – producing results while fostering a healthy work environment that ensures sustainable success.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/dr-tasha-eurich/


Steve Farber | Author of Greater ThanYourselfSteve Farber author & leadrship speaker at The Sweeney Agency Speakers Bureau

Steve Farber is a leadership pioneer, strategist, keynote speaker and best-selling author on extreme leadership and business management. His expertise is in creating organizational cultures where leadership is not just an opportunity and obligation for those in authority, but for everyone at all levels. In Greater Than Yourself, Steve Farber shows that the goal of a genuine leader is to help others—teammates, employees, and colleagues—become more capable, confident, and accomplished than they are themselves. Through the actions of a forward-thinking and extraordinarily successful CEO, Farber reveals the three keys to achieving this: Expand Yourself, Give Yourself, and Replicate Yourself.

Video: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/steve-farber/


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Derek Sweeney is the Director of Speaker Ideas at The Sweeney Agency. www.thesweeneyagency.com. For 15 years Derek has been helping clients find the right Speakers for their events. Derek can be reached at 1-866-727-7555 or [email protected]