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Peak Development Radio

Building Your Leadership Library

#1601 – For the past eight months, I’ve been asking a single question of our guests: “What 1-2 books would you recommend every leader have in their leadership library?” Recommendations from Pepper de Callier, Founder and Executive Director of the Prague Leadership Institute; Bill Carmody, author, speaker, and CEO of Trepoint; Bill Humphries, President and CEO of Merz North America; and Kevin Cashman, bestselling author and Senior Partner for CEO and Executive Development at Korn Ferry.

Reading may be one of the most under appreciated tools for continuing your leadership development. It is one of the quickest ways to acquire and assimilate information. It is a mode of development that is available 24 hours a day. You can do it virtually anywhere. It can be done in small increments or for large blocks of time. It is scalable, flexible, and on-demand. That’s why virtually all of the development plans I create for my clients include some form of reading, and why one of the most frequent pieces of advice I give to leaders—especially to those just starting out—is to build your leadership library.

“If power enhances individual performance, then by extension one would assume that groups comprising high-power individuals would perform particularly well,” writes Angus Hildreth in Harvard Business Review. “But our research found the opposite: power hampers the ability of leaders to work with other leaders.”

“The creation of culture can be expressed with a simple, two-word formula,” says Inc’s Lee Colan, “CULTURE = BEHAVIOR.”

In this short video from Strategy+Business, INSEAD professor Erin Meyer discusses how companies can boost the efficiency of their multinational teams by focusing on how they communicate across cultures.

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