Summer Reading Suggestions from the DWN team: Leadership

By: Kathryn Rainville

Leadership means something different for each person. With thousands of self-help books available that suggest how to harness and effectively use your leadership skills, diagnose your leadership type, etc., it is no wonder that it’s a constant point of conversation on all teams. In some sense, everyone has the ability to lead. To be sure, this does not mean that each person can lead, does lead, or will lead a team. It does, however, mean that each person can encourage, help, and empathize with their team members, and set an example of how they would like to be led. This summer, the DWN team encourages you to check out the books below, and discover your leadership potential, and what you can do to better your leadership.

Servant Leadership: A journey into the Nature of Legitimate power and greatness

By Robert K. Greenleaf

A compilation of essays that introduced the servant leadership movement in the USA. Explains the components and importance of servant leadership across different types of organizations.

The idea of servant leadership has been around since the 1970s, when Robert K. Greenleaf coined the term “servant leader” in his popular essay “Servant as Leader.” Since then, people have employed this style in working with their company, team, and others in pursuing goals for organization and employee development. As Greenleaf begins his most famous essay: “The servant-leader is servant first…it begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first…” Serve those who work for you, set the example, and you’ll reap the benefits of their service as much.

The 15 Commitments of Conscious Leadership: A new paradigm for sustainable success

By: Jim Dethmer, Diana Chapman & Kaley Klemp

Using decades of their work with leaders and CEO’s, this book is a comprehensive roadmap to guide you to shift from a fear-based to a trust-based leadership.

Conscious leadership focuses on personal development and its reflection in leadership as opposed to servant leadership that looks to a mindset to help lead. Being a conscious leader requires self-awareness of how your current state affects your ability to lead. It is compartmentalizing what you may be experiencing that is not related to your professional life, and taking responsibility, as the first tenant of the book suggests. In shifting your paradigm, and recognizing how your mindset is affecting your leadership, you will step-up to helping others realize their potential in committing to creating a sustainable, conscious professional career.


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