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Leading Together: Foundations of Collaborative Leadership. Curriculum for the
Classroom, Grades 8 - 12 

Laurie Frank, Carol Carlin, Jack Christ

A curriculum for teaching the possibilities of leadership embedded in collaboration. Students learn how the strengths of relationships — the power of people working together— can make change, achieve goals, and help them meet the challenges they face. If you want to join others in leading differently — if you wish to learn the fundamentals for getting something done in collaboration with others, this book is for you!

Authentic Patriotism: Restoring America's Founding Ideals Through Selfless Action
Stephen Kiernan

Kiernan describes and celebrates the authentic patriots among us — not necessarily those who wave flags or wear their patriotism on their sleeves, but those who contribute to their communities, large and small, by working to solve problems and to nourish the democratic spirit. He leads up to a stirring set of conclusions about how we can all be authentic patriots in a call to "Be One." He also refers a reader to additional resources and to his own website for further information about the "B1" campaign.

The Leadership Challenge,
Kouzes and  Posner

This classic text is widely used in higher education, but is also very useful for practicing leaders in all sorts of organizations. The authors have collaborated on several other works, all of which are valuable for aspiring leaders.

The Fifth Discipline: The Art & Practice of The Learning Organization, Peter M. Senge

In the long run, the only sustainable source of competitive advantage is your organization’s ability to learn faster than its competition.

Company after company, from Intel to AT&T to Proctor & Gamble to Coopers and Lybrand, have adopted the principles of the learning organization to rid themselves of the learning ‘disabilities’ embedded in how we think and work together.

The No Complaining Rule: Positive Ways To Deal With Negativity At Work. Jon Gordon

Leadership Moments     

Five Things to Do Rather than Complain 

1. Practice gratitude. Research shows that when we count three blessings a day, we get a measureable boost in happiness that uplifts and energizes us.
2. Praise others. Instead of complaining about what others are doing wrong, start focusing on what they are doing right.
3. Focus on success. Start a success journal. Focus on your success, and you'll look forward to creating more success tomorrow.
4. Let go. Focus on the thinks that you have the power to change, and let go of the things that are beyond your control.
5. Pray and meditate. Scientific research shows that they daily
practices reduce stress; boost positive energy; and promote health,
vitality and longevity (Gordon, p. 114).

Leaders Make The Future: Ten New Leadership Skills for an Uncertain World,  Bob Johansen

The Institute for the Future has been doing ten-year forecasting for forty years for some of the world’s top organizations.  Bob Johansen draws on IFTS’s latest forecast (included in this book) to introduce skills that will help leaders see new connections through the chaos and make a better future.


 The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change, Stephen R. Covey

 Author Stephen R. Covey presents a holistic, integrated, principle-centered approach for solving personal and professional problems.  With penetrating insights and pointed anecdotes, Covey reveals a step-by-step pathway for living with fairness, integrity, service, and human dignity – principles that give us the security to adapt to change and the wisdom and power to take advantage of the opportunities that change creates.

Six Thinking Hats
, Edward de Bono

Through case studies and real life examples, Dr. de Bono reveals the often surprising ways in which deliberate role playing can make you a better thinker.  He offers a surprisingly but powerfully simple tool that you – and your business, whether it’s a start-up or a major corporation – can use to create a climate of clearer thinking, improved communication, and greater creativity. His book is an instructive and inspiring text for anyone who makes decisions, in business or in life. It's also fun to read and fun to work with.”

First Things First, Stephen R. Covey

“I’m getting more done in less time, but where are the rich relationships, the inner peace, the balance, the confidence that I’m doing what matters most and doing it well?”

Does this nagging question haunt you, even when you feel you are being your most efficient?  If so, First Things First can help you understand why so often our first things aren’t first.  Rather than offering you another clock, First Things First provides you with a compass, because where you’re headed is more important than how fast you’re going.

Moral Intelligence: Enhancing Business Performance & Leadership Success, Doug Lennick and Fred Kiel, Ph.D.

There is a powerful correlation between strong moral principles and business success.  In this book, two globally respected leadership experts illuminate that connection, define the specific competencies that comprise ‘moral intelligence’, and show exactly how to promote it throughout your organization.

In recent years, companies have discovered the value of Emotional Intelligence (EI).  But EI isn’t enough: only leaders with strong moral intelligence can build the trust and commitment that are the foundation of truly great businesses.  Be one of those leaders, lead one of those companies, with Moral Intelligence.

Leadership: Theory and PracticeDr. Peter Northouse (Editor) 

An in-depth presentation of leadership theory as applied to situations in real life. It is intended for undergraduate and graduate studies in a wide range of management, leadership and organizational studies, and training and development.  It also is well suited as an overview text within MBA curricula, and useful as a text for continuing education, in-service training, and other leadership development programs.

Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life, Martin E. P. Seligman, Ph. D.

In this groundbreaking national bestseller, Martin E.P. Seligman shows you how to chart a new approach to living with “flexible optimism.”  

Drawing on more than 20 years of clinical research, Dr. Seligman offers many simple techniques to help break up depression, boost your immune system, better develop your potential, and make you happier.  The book offers profound and valuable advice on how to encourage optimistic behavior at school, at work, and in children.  He is known as the father of the new science of Positive Psychology.

The Magic of Dialogue: Transforming Conflict into Cooperation, Daniel Yankelovich

In this groundbreaking work, famed social scientist and world-famous public opinion expert Daniel Yankelovich reinvents the ancient art of dialogue.  Conversations and discussions aren’t enough to bring people and their different agendas together anymore.  Dialogue, when properly practiced, will align people with a shared vision, and help them realize their full potential as individuals and as a team.  Using real life examples, The Magic of Dialogue outlines specific strategies for maneuvering in a wide range of situations and teaches managers, leaders, business people, and other professionals how to succeed in the new global economy, where more players participate in decision-making than ever before.
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