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Book Recommendations for School Leaders

This is a brief list of books I’ve found that have influenced who I am as a leader. There are thousands more out there worth reading, so this is simply a starting point. Enjoy!

  • Brown, Brene (2018). Dare to Lead. Penguin Random House. New York, NY.
  • Collins, Jim (2001). Good to Great. Harper Collins. New York, NY.
  • Collins, Jim (2005). Good to Great and the Social Sectors. Harper Collins. New York, NY.
  • Couros, George (2015). The Innovator’s Mindset. Dave Burgess Consulting, San Diego, CA.
  • Covey, Stephen R. (1989). The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Fireside. New York, NY.
  • Coyle, Daniel (2009). The Talent Code. Bantam Dell. New York, NY.
  • Coyle, Daniel (2018). The Culture Code. Bantam Dell. New York, NY.
  • Dworkin, Martin S. (1959). Dewey on Education. Teachers College Press. New York, NY.
  • Gladwell, Malcolm (2000). The Tipping Point. Little, Brown, and Company. New York, NY.
  • Gladwell, Malcolm (2008). Outliers. Little, Brown, and Company. New York, NY.
  • Kurtzig Freedman, Miriam (2017). Special Education 2.0. School Law Pro. Palo Alto, CA.
  • Lencioni, Patrick (1998). The Five Temptations of a CEO. Jossey-Bass. San Francisco, CA.
  • Lencioni, Patrick (2002). The Five Dysfunctions of a Team. Jossey-Bass. San Francisco, CA.
  • McAdams, Donald R. (2006). What School Boards Can Do. Teachers College Press. New York, NY.
  • Rath, Tom (2007). Strengths Finder 2.0. Gallup Press. New York, NY.
  • Rath, Tom, and Conchie, Barry (2008). Strengths Based Leadership. Gallup Press. New York, NY.
  • Richardson, Will (2016). Freedom to Learn. Solution-Tree Press. Bloomington, IN.
  • Robinson Ken (2001). Out of Our Minds. Capstone Publishers. West Sussex, England.
  • Rose, Todd (2016). The End of Average. Harper Collings. New York, NY.
  • Schlechty, Phillip C. (2005). Creating Great Schools. Jossey-Bass. San Francisco, CA.
  • Segall, Ken (2016). Think Simple: How Smart Leaders Defeat Complexity. Penguin Randomhouse. New York, NY.
  • Senge, Peter M. (1990). The Fifth Discipline. Doubleday. London, UK.
  • Smart, Jamie (2013). Clarity. Capstone Publishing. Chichester, UK.
  • Socol, I., Moran, P., Ratliff, C. (2018). Timeless Learning. Jossey-Bass. San Francisco, CA.
  • Theobald, Paul (1997). Teaching the Commons. Westview Press. Oxford, England.
  • Wells, Richard (2016). A Learner’s Paradise: How New Zealand is Reimagining Education. EdTechTeam Press.
  • Wheatley, Margaret J. (1992). Leadership and the New Science. Berret Koehler Publishers, Inc. San Francisco, CA.
  • Wiseman, Liz (2010). Multipliers. Harper Collings. New York, NY.
  • Zhao, Yong (2012). World Class Learners. Corwin Press. Thousand Oaks, CA.

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