This is the best book on leading self-directed work teams I have seen. After I finished the book, I had a much better understanding of what a self-directed work team is and how they grow. A critical part of this is the team leader’s understanding of how their role changes.
Championship Team Building: What Every Coach Needs to Know to Build a Motivated, Committed & Cohesive Team
This was an excellent resource on developing teams based on the author’s success in helping teams win national softball championships. While it is focused on a team sport, he draws important points out that are applicable to businesses. I like the team building activities at the end of the chapters too.
The Leadership Challenge Workbook
This is a very good resource to use along with the book. I encourage the use of resources like this for people who work together, especially leadership teams. The old adage, “Iron sharpens iron”, comes to mind. There is much to gain when leaders in an organization practice solid leadership principles.
The Leadership Challenge
If I could only read one book on leadership, this would be it. I think this is a great book. As a leader, I read this book with my leadership team and it helped give us a common perspective about characteristics that contribute to leadership success.
Primal Leadership: Realizing the Power of Emotional Intelligence
I believe emotional intelligence is one of the best concepts to surface in recent years. I really enjoyed the background, studies and other information presented in the book. I can see how my growth in emotional intelligence has positively impacted my development as a leader.