Five Essential Reads for Leadership Teams

recommended by Daisy Reynolds

Leaders today are faced with a lot of uncertainty and complex challenges, which is why it is essential that they level-up and intentionally make time for further education. Leadership teams have the opportunity to reevaluate and reshape their organisations to make them more successful, collaborative and streamlined. This collection of books will help leaders increase their knowledge, build a solid foundation, and take their teams to the next level.

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    Boardroom Creativity: How to design the future of your business
    by Fennemiek Gommer & Anne Mieke Eggenkamp

    In 'Boardroom Creativity', authors Fennemiek Gommer and Anne Mieke Eggenkamp encourage readers to approach business innovation as a design challenge, applying the creative approaches and tools that are successfully used by designers and innovators. They offer a unique perspective based on expertise in strategy, innovation, design, leadership and learning - areas not often combined. Throughout the book, they explain how leaders can make a difference through designing their business innovation journey and team to ensure they include learning, commitment and diversity of perspectives. 'Boardroom Creativity' advocates a creative yet practical approach for leaders who want to redesign their business and their board to create long-term value. Packed with exercises and examples, and based on the authors’ nine tried-and-tested principles, this book will enable the reader to accelerate business transformation by embracing a future-led approach to strategy development, designing not just your future direction, but the process and the team as well, and applying creativity (beyond brainstorming) in the whole innovation journey.

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    The Book of Leadership: How to Get Yourself, Your Team and Your Organisation Further Than You Ever T
    by Anthony Gell

    Have you ever wondered what characteristics are shared by successful business leaders? Have you ever asked yourself what it is that they do differently which makes them and their organisations stand out from the crowd? And what can you learn from them to ensure your own success? If so, 'The Book of Leadership' is for you. Over the last six years, author Anthony Gell has conducted interviews with some of the most successful CEOs, entrepreneurs and business thinkers in the world, and has collated the exclusive interview footage he's obtained, into a single resource for anybody looking to improve their leadership skills. In the book, Anthony combines his own experiences as a CEO with those of the leaders he has interviewed to provide insights and advice for readers.

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    The Nine Types of Leader: How the Leaders of Tomorrow Can Learn from The Leaders of Today
    by James Ashton

    'The Nine Types of Leader' introduces some obvious and some not so obvious types of leader through stories, anecdotes and insight garnered from hundreds of encounters with world-class leaders. Featuring interviews with industry titans including Jean-Francois Decaux of JC Decaux, Michael Rapino of Live Nation, Zhang Ruimin of Haier, Gavin Patterson of Salesforce and Isabelle Kocher of Engie, it explores how the leaders of tomorrow will improve their game by borrowing from the very best of the nine types of leader that exist today. Renowned journalist, James Ashton assesses the strengths and weaknesses of each leadership type, highlighting where and when they are best deployed, whilst helping you identify who you are and how you can improve performance. As the world seeks to recover from drastic disruption and uncertainty and the most acute test of leadership in living memory, it projects how future leaders can learn from what has gone before.

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    The Agile Leader: How to Create an Agile Business in the Digital Age
    by Simon Hayward

    'The Agile Leader' lays out clearly in eight steps how agile leaders empower their team to make decision quickly, evaluate correctly where the biggest opportunities are and mould their strategies around market dynamics and ever-changing needs. If there's one leadership skill that successful businesses have in spades, it's the ability to enable teams to adapt and grow within complex eco-systems of clients, partners and suppliers. By focusing on teamwork and collaboration, as well as promoting shared decision making and ruthless prioritising, leaders can transform the way they work as well as how their teams function to make them more malleable. This book will teach leaders how they can not only survive in the context of digital transformation, but also thrive and grow, by adopting a powerful agile leadership model.

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    Building Great Leadership Teams: A Practical Approach for Unleashing the Full Potential of Your Team
    by Jack McGuinness

    Today's political, social, and economic climate makes it more difficult than ever for organisations to balance sustained performance with a healthy working environment. Organisations with great leadership teams are much more likely to maintain this important balance. 'Building Great Leadership Teams' serves as a practical resource for CEOs and senior leaders to create teams that are diligent and productively lean. This book will help readers recognise that they don’t have to live with average or dysfunctional leadership teams. Instead, they can use the practical approach as discussed in the book, to unleash their team's full potential.

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