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Friday Focus: 5 Reads for Business Leader Inspiration

Sep 20, 2013

Business leaders in-the-making as well as seasoned CEOs can benefit from hearing different perspectives on effective management techniques. Here are five recently released books that can be used as primers or guides to assessing your leadership style. Are any of these on your list?

Startup CEO: A Field Guide to Scaling Up Your Business

By Matt Blumberg

John Wiley & Sons (September 3, 2013)

The fifth book in the StartUp Revolution Series, StartUp CEO breaks down how fresh-faced chief executive officers can grow their company. Using insights from his own experience as a startup CEO in 1999, Blumberg examines how new business leaders can define their mission, vision and values. He also explores the ways new CEOs can craft a company's culture and best practices for promoting staff, as well as manage themselves so they can effectively manage others.

Blumberg makes the case that while facing many challenges along the way, startup CEOs have the best job out there.

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The Cool Boss: Master 11 Qualities of Today's Greatest Leaders

By Can Akdeniz

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 6, 2013)

Leaving a legacy as a top executive starts with a new and improved leadership paradigm, and author Can Akdendiz sets forth the techniques that are essential for navigating the modern global marketplace. He demonstrates how the old approach to business can be damaging and how to improve reputations, using case studies and success stories drawn from such admired leaders as Oprah Winfrey, Bill Gates, and President Obama.

Ready, Aim, Influence! Join Forces, Expand Resources, Transform Your World

By Viki Winterton

Expert Insights Publishing (August 9, 2013)

While Ready, Aim, Influence reminds us that we are all leaders, the book examines strategies employed by top visionaries and experts, with chapters that reveal the perspectives of various professionals. Through Q&A's with a best-selling author of 28 books, a business psychologist, and an executive coach, and others, Winterton offers the reader a variety of opinions about strategies for success.

Winterton is the CEO and founder of Expert Insights Family of Opportunity and founder of Expert Insights Publishing.


By Gary Burnison

John Wiley & Sons (July 29, 2013)

Gary Burnison, CEO of executive recruiting firm Korn/Ferry International, lays out the fundamentals of leadership skills which can be applied to all types of organizational structures, from classrooms to board rooms at Fortune 500 companies. The book is filled with reflective exercises and real stories that demonstrate why certain characteristics -- such as intellectual humility -- make someone a high-impact leader.

"Leadership is more than strategy, it's about purpose, sense and sensibility," said Burnison. "These more intangible skills are critical in an economy where expertise in a specific discipline is no longer the key to sole success."

Leadership in the Art of Struggle: How Great Leaders Grow through Challenge and Adversity

By Steven Snyder, Foreword by Bill George

Berrett-Koehler Publishers (March 11, 2013)

Released early in 2013, Leadership and the Art of Struggle uncovers ways to unlock our greatest potential and how to discover hidden meanings from our struggle. It provides more than 150 real-world lessons taken from interviews with corporate, nonprofit, and government leaders who discuss their greatest struggles and how they overcame adversity.

Steven Snyder, Ph.D., was an early leader at Microsoft where he worked with Bill Gates, and is currently the founder and managing director of Snyder Leadership Group.

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