The list author says: "This is my reading list for becoming a better and more self aware leader. It is geared towards the line manager and mid manager at technical organizations but most of it is applicable to any leadership position."
"This is hands down the book that influenced me more than any other I have read on the subject. It is profound and very evocative and absolutely requires a second and third read. In fact, I go back to it at least once a year just to center myself."
"Patrick Lencioni does a great job of telling the story of a broken team to illustrate his model. Read the model first - it is the last part of the book. Then go back to read the narrative from the beginning and get back to the model."
"Drive by Daniel Pink provides a cohesive theory of motivation and applies its principles to every day management questions such as team composition, job design, and compensation models. Very clear and principled approach to the topic allows you to think through your own challenges and better explain people's behavior and help you better shape them."
"Great book by writer and researcher Jim Collins who tried to statistically identify companies that managed to turn the corner and become lasting successes. He then goes on to identify the characteristics that made them so."
"Learned Optimism will teach you about the impact your world view has on you, your mood, your success, and the way you influence people around you. And the best part - you can change it if you want to."
"Adam Grant dissects relationship styles and demonstrates through a broad survey of psychological and sociological research how a giving style generates better long term outcomes. He goes on to help you identify your style and refine your interactions with different types of people at work and in general."
"Shawn Achor is a compelling writer and researcher. In this book he describes years of research and work with hundreds of organizations leading to a remarkable discovery - happiness is the cause of success, not the result. Achor goes further to describe specific practices to help increase happiness and walks through numerous case studies and applications."
"Probably the single most influential software management book I've read. Has many of the ideas that ended up evolving into the agile movement. Also draws attention to the contributing factors to team effectiveness."
"Great book about a whole different type of inclusive leadership. The book tells the story of AES, a power-plant company that runs amazingly flat and self-organized teams that perform mission-critical work and practically manage themselves."
"This classic software project management book was one of the first to describe the holy trinity of resources/scope/quality. And you can only control two. Well, in reality you can only control one because the team will set the quality bar for itself."
"Everything I know about making people and software work well together I learned from Alan Cooper. This book introduced what were revolutionary ideas around the need for interaction design and usability. Surprisingly enough this is still news to most software organizations."
"Stuart Diamon'd approach to negotiation and communication is nothing short of revolutionary. The basic ideas of generating new value and exchanging good will are applicable to every situation and generate better outcomes consistently. This is the next step in negotiation theory beyond the MIT school of thought."
"A lot of Gladwell's writing is pseudo-science at best, but some of his ideas are worth paying attention to. Mostly, he takes a lot of ideas and research from different places and draws interesting integrative conclusions."
"Taking presentations to the next level (no power point please!) and combining great visualization and high production quality to deliver a point and evoke emotion. The book itself is also magnificently produced."
"The follow up book by Marcus Buckingham covering the idea of strength analysis and playing to the strengths of the leader and the team. I like a lot of the ideas in this book except for the distinct tendency to assume weaknesses can not really be overcome. Guess I'm a little too optimistic for that."