From time to time someone asks me for a list of books that I can recommend. I received one of those requests a couple of weeks ago from students in a graduate class at the University of Texas at San Antonio, which was using my own book, Leadership Tools for School Principals, as one of their texts.
Below is the short list of worthy books I recommended to that class. All these works have significantly challenged my thinking and changed my behavior (in one way or another). Enjoy.
Bolman, L. G., & Deal, T. E. (1991). Reframing organizations: Artistry, choice, and leadership. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
Collins, J. C. (2001). Good to great: why some companies make the leap…and other don’t. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.
Christensen, C.M., Allworth, J., & Dillon, K. (2012). How will you measure your life? New York: Harper Business.
Goleman, D. (2008). Social intelligence: The revolutionary new science of human relationships. New York: Bantam Books.
Palmer, P. J. (1998). The courage to teach: Exploring the inner landscape of a teacher’s life. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass Inc., Publishers.
Schwartz, T., Gomes, J., & McCarthy, C. (2010). Be excellent at anything: The four keys to transforming the way we work and live. New York: Free Press.
Senge, P., Scharmer, C. O., Jaworski, J., & Flowers, B. S. (2005). Presence: An exploration of profound change in people, organizations, and society. New York: Currency Books.
Wheatley, M. J. (1999,2006). Leadership and the new science: Discovering order in a chaotic world, 2ndEdition. San Francisco, CA: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc.
Whitaker, T. (2003). What great principals do differently: Fifteen things that matter most. Larchmont, NY: Eye on Education, Inc.