First Look: Leadership Books for December 2022
HERE’S A LOOK at some of the best leadership books to be released in December 2022 curated just for you. Be sure to check out the other great titles being offered this month.
How to Calm Your Mind: Finding Presence and Productivity in Anxious Times by Chris Bailey
When productivity expert Chris Bailey discovered that he had become stressed and burnt out because he was pushing himself too hard, he realized that before he could continue to give advice on productivity, he needed to learn how to rein things in and take a break. Productivity advice works—and we need it now more than ever—but it’s just as vital that we also develop our capacity for calm. By finding calm and overcoming anxiety, we don’t just feel more relaxed and at ease—we invest in the missing piece that leads our efforts to become sustainable over time. We build a deeper, more expansive reservoir of energy to draw from throughout the day, and have greater mental resources at our disposal to do good work and live a meaningful life.
Make It Count: Ensuring When Life Expires Your Legacy Lives On by Hunter Ballew
Make It Count came about after a serious and unfortunate incident. Hunter was chasing his dreams, moving from serving in the US Marine Corps for six years, to working as a full-time Firefighter and EMT, to exploring entrepreneurship. He was contemplating his move from the fire department to live his passion of owning a business when it happened ― his friend and former partner at the fire department, Jordan, was killed in a tragic car crash. The incident struck Hunter deeply as he realized that Jordan, who had made such a mark on the lives of those who knew him, wasn’t going to be around to do that anymore. His life had unexpectedly ended at the young age of 30, and he had run out of time — no more memories made with his wife and newborn daughter, no more time with his family and friends, no more chances to fulfill his dreams. So that’s when Hunter decided to practice one of the dominating principles he teaches in his new book: help others realize the importance of making the most of the time they’re given and building a legacy that will last.
Better Humans, Better Performance: Driving Leadership, Teamwork, and Culture with Intentionality by Peter Rea, James Stoller, and Alan Kolp
Build a sustainable high-performance culture around the seven classical virtues. Virtue is more than a word: It’s a way for us all to live, a way to flourish as human beings. And when applied to organizational life, virtue serves to enhance engagement, strengthen teamwork, and foster success in business. Better Humans, Better Performance connects the classical virtues―Trust, Compassion, Courage, Justice, Temperance, Wisdom, and Hope
Leveling Up: 12 Questions to Elevate Your Personal and Professional Development by Ryan Leak
Whether you’re a leader of ten, a hundred, or many more, there’s no one more important to lead than yourself. If you’re not leading yourself, why would anyone else want to follow you? Ryan Leak speaks to thousands of leaders every year, and he has learned that the most successful people have taken ownership of their own development—and in order to realize your potential, you need to fully understand yourself. Being a great leader is not about having all the answers but asking the right questions—and that starts with careful introspection and inviting others to tell you what they see in you. Leveling Up helps you focus on the person you’re becoming and think about the goals you want to accomplish
The Bold Ones: Innovate and Disrupt to Become Truly Indispensable by Shawn Kanungo
Disruption for disruption’s sake isn’t a smart strategy when you’re seeking ways to accelerate your career and become truly indispensable. In The Bold Ones, you’ll discover it’s more about being bold than disruptive: being simultaneously confident enough to challenge industries, yet practical enough to recreate them. Internationally celebrated disruption strategist Shawn Kanungo offers a playbook for individuals who know they need to become bolder to push their careers and companies forward―but don’t know how to innovate: You’ll learn where to start, what to do, and how to break through with your ideas. Distilling lessons learned from some of the world’s most extraordinary disruptors, The Bold Ones presents eight unconventional pillars to success.
Wise Decisions: A Science-Based Approach to Making Better Choices by Sheila Ohlsson and James E. Loehr
Every 15 minutes, each of us can make ten or more small decisions. Some of them are relatively inconsequential, while others can change the course of our lives. What if you could improve all of your decisions, across the board, and start to build a healthier, more productive, and meaningful life? In Wise Decisions: A Science-Based Approach to Making Better Choices, a team of accomplished industry experts delivers an evidence- and research-based blueprint for making the best decisions you can with the information you have. You’ll learn to make the targeted, repeated investment of energy required to turn your decision-making process into one informed by reason, emotion, intuition, and science.
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