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Providing leadership resources to the community is important. Here you will find several suggestions for supporting individual as well as organizational leadership growth and development.

Books, Website Links, Video Links, Inspirational Leader Links and Leadership Quotes

7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen R. Covey, 2005, FranklinCovey
The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness, Stephen R. Covey, 2005, FranklinCovey
Action Inquiry: The Secret of Timely and Transforming Leadership
Bill Torbert and Associates, 2004, Berrt-Koehler Publishers, Inc.
Authentic Leadership, Bill George, 2003, Jossey-Bass Publishers
Building Team Spirit: Activities for Inspiring And Energizing Teams, Barry Heermann, 1997, McGraw-Hill
Followership: How Followers Are Creating Change and Changing Leaders
Barbara Kellerman, 2008, Harvard Business Press
Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap... and Others Don't, Jim Collins, 2001, HarperCollins
How Good People Make Tough Decisions, Rushworth Kidder, 1996, Quill Publishers
How to Be a Star at Work: 9 Breakthrough Strategies You Need to Succeed, Robert E. Kelley, 1998, Times Books
How the Way We Talk Can Change the Way We Lead: Seven Languages for Transformation
Robert Kegan and Lisa Lahey, 2001, Jossey-Bass
Leader as Coach: Strategies for Coaching and Developing Others
David Peterson and Marry Dee Hicks, 2005, Personnel Decisions International
Leadership Jazz: The Art of Conducting Business Through: Leadership- Followership-Teamwork-Touch – Voice
Max DePree, 1992, Dell Publishing
Leadership on the Line, R. A. Heifetz & M. Linsky, 2002, Harvard Business School Press
Leadership: Theory and Practice, P.G. Northhouse, 2003, Sage Publications
The Leadership Challenge, 3rd Ed., J. M. Kouzes and B. Z. Posner, 2003, John Wiley & Sons
Leading Team Alpha: Leadership in Novel Form, Joel Digiralomo, 2010, Prana Power, LLC.
Leading the Revolution, Gary Hamel, 2000, Harvard Business School Press
The New Bottom Line: Bringing Heart & Soul to Business, John Rensch & Bill DeFoore editors, 1996, New Leaders Press
The Power of Full Engagement: Managing Energy, Not Time, Is the Key to High Performance And Personal Renewal
Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz, Free Press
Primal Leadership: Learning To Lead with Emotional Intelligence
Goleman, Boyatzis and McKee, 2002, Harvard Business School Press
Strengths-Based Leadership: Great Leaders, Team and Why People Follow
Tom Rath and Barry Conchie, 2009, Gallup Press
Successful Managers Handbook; Develop Yourself, Coach Others
Seventh Addition, Editor Lynn Marasco, 2004, Personal Decisions International
Synchronicity, The Inner Path of Leadership, Joseph Jaworski, 1996, Berret-Koehler Publishers, Inc.
Team Of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, Doris Kearns Goodwin, 2005, Simon & Schuster
Theory U: Leading from the Future as it Emerges – The Social Technology of Presencing,       
C. Otto Scharmer, 2007 Society for Organizational Learning. Inc.
The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make A Big Difference
Malcomb Gladwell. 2002, Back Bay Books – Little, Brown and Company
Today Matters, John Maxwell, 2004, Warner Faith Publisher
Transforming Leadership, James MacGregor Burns, 2003, Atlantic Monthly Press

Website Links:

The following are links to various leadership websites that offer lectures, articles, conferences and many other resources. We encourage you to check them out and get involved at a national and international level.

Video Links:

Inspirational Leaders Links: : Jim Collins : John Maxwell : Stephen Covey : Ken Blanchard : Robin Sharma : Marshall Goldsmith : Tom Peters : Anthony Robbins : Jack Welch

Leadership Quotes:

Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.”- Peter F. Drucker

Don't tell people how to do things, tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results.” - George S. Patton

“I must follow the people. Am I not their leader?” - Benjamin Disraeli

“The leadership instinct you are born with is the backbone. You develop the funny bone
and the wishbone that go with it.” - Elaine Agather

“Delegating work works, provided the one delegating works, too.” - Robert Half

“Only one man in a thousand is a leader of men -- the other 999 follow women.” - Groucho Marx

“The very essence of leadership is that you have to have vision. You can't blow an uncertain trumpet”. -Theodore M. Hesburgh

“The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done,
and self-restraint to keep from meddling with them while they do it.”
- Theodore Roosevelt

“The age of the all powerful executive has ended. Followers the world over are getting bolder and more strategic - 
which is why leaders who dismiss or discount them do at their peril.”-

“… we scarcely notice that the distinctions among followers are every bit as consequential as those among leaders.” - Kellerman

“Attend to the fundamentals” - Analects of Confucius 479 B.C.

“Only those who are asleep make no mistakes.” –Ingvar Kamprad

 “In other living creatures ignorance of self is nature; in man it is a vice.” - Boethius 524 AD

 “Not ‘til we are lost… do we begin to understand ourselves.” - Henry David Thoreau 1862

“The test of a good coach is that when they leave, others will carry on successfully.” - Author Unknown

“You get the best effort from others not by lighting a fire beneath them, but by building a fire within.” - Bob Nelson

"People will exceed targets they set themselves."  - Gordon Dryden

"I never cease to be amazed at the power of the coaching process to draw out the skills or talent that was previously
hidden within an individual, and which invariably finds a way to solve a problem previously thought unsolvable."
John Russell, Managing Director, Harley-Davidson Europe Ltd.

"Executive coaches are not for the meek. They’re for people who value unambiguous feedback.
All coaches have one thing in common, it’s that they are ruthlessly results-oriented." -

"Our chief want in life is someone who will make us do what we can." - Emerson

"People will exceed targets they set themselves."  - Gordon Dryden

“We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.” - Epictetus (55- 135 AD)

“If you do build a great experience, customers tell each other about that. Word of mouth is very powerful.”
Jeff Bezos, CEO

“The more you engage with customers the clearer things become and the easier it is to determine what you should be doing.”
John Russell, President, Harley Davidson

“If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.” - Booker T. Washington

“A customer is the most important visitor on our premises, he is not dependent on us. We are dependent on him.
He is not an interruption in our work. He is the purpose of it. He is not an outsider in our business. He is part of it.
We are not doing him a favor by serving him. He is doing us a favor by giving us an opportunity to do so”. - Mahatma Gandhi

“To be a great leader and so always master of the situation, one must of necessity have been a great thinker in action.
An eagle was never yet hatched from a goose's egg.” -
James Thomas

“A good general not only sees the way to victory; he also knows when victory is impossible”. - Polybius

 “Anything less than a conscious commitment to the important is an unconscious commitment to the unimportant.”
Stephen Covey

“For the self-renewing person the development of his or her own potentialities and the process of self-discovery never end.
It is a sad but unarguable fact that most human beings go through their lives only partially aware of the full range of their abilities.”
John Gardener

“To lead people, walk beside them...As for the best leaders, the people do not notice their existence. The next best, the people honor and praise. The next, the people fear; and the next, the people hate...When the best leader's work is done the people say, 'We did it ourselves!’” - Lao Tsu

“When was honey ever made with one bee in a hive?” - Thomas Hood

“Never doubt that a small group of committed citizens can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has.”
Margaret Mead

“The question, “Who ought to be boss?” is like asking, “Who ought to be the tenor in the quartet?”
Obviously, the man who can sing Tenor.” -
Henry Ford

“Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.”
Dwight Eisenhower

“Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation.
The foundation of such a method is love.” -
Martin Luther King Jr.

“Conflict is going to happen whether you want it or not. People will butt heads. Sometimes when you least expect it.”
Jimmy Bise Jr.

“The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn't being said.” - Peter Drucker

“The speed of communications is wondrous to behold. It is also true that speed can multiply the distribution
of information that we know to be untrue.” -
Edward R. Murrow

“There are people who, instead of listening to what is being said to them, are already listening to what
they are going to say themselves.” -
Albert Guinon

“Opportunities are often missed because we are broadcasting when we should be listening”. - Author Unknown

“We cannot let another person into our hearts or minds unless we empty ourselves. We can truly listen to him or truly
hear her only out of emptiness.” -
M. Scott Peck

“Good communication is as stimulating as black coffee and just as hard to sleep after.” - Anne Morrow Lindbergh



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