8 Books Every Leader Should Add to Their Summer Reading List

April 19, 2016 | Posted By: Connor Watkins

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Want to make sure you’ll continue to be inspired even after Leadercast Lexington Chamber on May 6 at RADIUS Church? Then add these books to your summer reading list.

All these books are written by present and past Leadercast speakers and are available in both paperback and Kindle. So grab your device or your library card and hit the books.

And make sure you purchase your ticket for Leadercast Lexington Chamber. Don’t forget, members of the Greater Lexington Chamber receive 10% off tickets to this event. Contact Connor Watkins at connor@lexingtonsc.org or (803) 359-6113 to get your discounted tickets!

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Chris Barez-Brown, author of SHINE, brings us a new book which inspires you to set your own rules at work, and make your job work for you.

Life and work are intrinsically linked. They are not separate; they are one.

If we want to live an extraordinary life, we have to make our work equally extraordinary.

When your work resonates with purpose, you jump out of bed every morning, excited by the possibilities the day holds for you. Everything else in your life seems to have a glow about it, and you exude much more personal shine.

My aim in writing this book is to help you feel like that every day. To help you make your work work for you. To feel truly free.

iWoz? traces the life and times of a brilliant, gifted... individual whose contributions to the scientific, business and cultural realms are extensive.”― Bookpage

Before slim laptops that fit into briefcases, computers looked like strange, alien vending machines. But in “the most staggering burst of technical invention by a single person in high-tech history” (BusinessWeek) Steve Wozniak invented the first true personal computer. Wozniak teamed up with Steve Jobs, and Apple Computer was born, igniting the computer revolution and transforming the world. Here, thirty years later, the mischievous genius with the low profile treats readers to a rollicking, no-holds-barred account of his life―for once, in the voice of the wizard himself.

Five years ago, we met at a panel discussion on leadership and realized that although we had very different career paths, we shared a common spirit and philosophy. We also had the desire to assist others to develop greater confidence, poise, and influence in all areas of their lives.

This book is a culmination of many workshops, coaching endeavors, and speeches that we’ve worked on together. The situations we mention are real; the people are real. In some cases, to protect their privacy, we have changed the name. At your disposal are the findings, techniques, and mindsets from the best of both of our experiences.

In a fast-paced and action-packed narrative, Navy SEAL commander Rorke Denver tackles the questions that have emerged about America’s past decade at war - from what makes a hero to why we fight and what it does to us.

Denver applies some of his SEAL-sense to nine big-picture, news-driven questions of war and peace, in a way that appeals to all sides of the public conversation. By broadening the issues, sharing his insights, and achieving what civilian political leaders have been utterly unable to, Denver eloquently shares answers to America’s most burning questions about war, heroism, and what it all means for America’s future.

Henry Cloud, the bestselling author of Integrity and The One-Life Solution, offers this mindset-altering method for proactively correcting the bad and the broken in our businesses and our lives. Cloud challenges readers to achieve the personal and professional growth they both desire and deserve - and gives crucial insight on how to make those tough decisions that are standing in the way of a more successful business and, ultimately, a better life.

Should I take this job? Buy this house? Marry this person? Before you ask another question, ask the most important question of all.

In this six-session DVD and the companion book, Andy Stanley identifies the one question that makes it easy to determine the answer to all other questions. Through Andy’s dynamic teaching style, you’ll learn how to make decisions with confidence simply by applying the question that brings clarity to life’s most challenging decisions.

Do you know how to properly conduct yourself in a public restroom?

What about while in the midst of a profoundly awkward silence?

Have you perfected how to get out of helping your friend move?

If you answered no to those questions, fear not. You need Stuff You Should Know About Stuff, the book that future anthropologists will no doubt call “the Rosetta Stone of handling trivial life situations.”

Stuff You Should Know About Stuff places the priority on the trivial experiences of life, because that’s where we spend most of our time; trying to recover from going for the fist bump when a casual acquaintance wanted a high five.

In Winners Dream, Bill McDermott - the CEO of the world’s largest business software company, SAP - chronicles how relentless optimism, hard work, and disciplined execution embolden people and equip organizations to achieve audacious goals.

Colorful and fast-paced, Bill’s anecdotes contain effective takeaways: gutsy career moves; empathetic sales strategies; incentives that yield exceptional team performance; and proof of the competitive advantages of optimism and hard work. At the heart of Bill’s story is a blueprint for success and the knowledge that the real dream is the journey, not a preconceived destination.