SQ Leadership Books

It may well be a case that not all Freemasons feel like they’re cut out to be a leader, but that doesn’t mean it’s not impossible. 

Here is a short list compiled by The Square Magazine of recommended books on leadership. 

It proves that some of the greatest leaders today have struggled with confidence, management, and public speaking. 

You can read how they overcame those challenges. 

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

by Stephen R. Covey

 

One of the most inspiring and impactful books ever written, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People has captivated readers for nearly three decades.

It has transformed the lives of presidents and CEOs, educators and parents—millions of people of all ages and occupations.

Now, this 30th anniversary edition of the timeless classic commemorates the wisdom of the 7 Habits with modern additions from Sean Covey.

The 7 Habits have become famous and are integrated into everyday thinking by millions and millions of people. Why? Because they work!

With Sean Covey’s added takeaways on how the habits can be used in our modern age, the wisdom of the 7 Habits will be refreshed for a new generation of leaders.

 

Good to Great and the Social Sectors: Why Business Thinking is Not the Answer

by Jim Collins

 

Jim Collins Answers the Social Sector with a Monograph to Accompany Good to Great. 30-50% of those who bought Good to Great work in the Social Sector.

This monograph is a response to questions raised by readers in the social sector. It is not a new book.

Jim Collins wants to avoid any confusion about the monograph being a book by limiting its distribution to online retailers.

Based on interviews and workshops with over 100 social sector leaders.

The difference between successful organizations is not between the business and the social sector, the difference is between good organizations and great ones.

 

Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

by Daniel H. Pink

 

Most people believe that the best way to motivate is with rewards like money—the carrot-and-stick approach.

That’s a mistake, says Daniel H. Pink (author of To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Motivating Others).

In this provocative and persuasive new book, he asserts that the secret to high performance and satisfaction-at work, at school, and at home—is the deeply human need to direct our own lives, to learn and create new things, and to do better by ourselves and our world.

Drawing on four decades of scientific research on human motivation, Pink exposes the mismatch between what science knows and what business does—and how that affects every aspect of life.

He examines the three elements of true motivation—autonomy, mastery, and purpose-and offers smart and surprising techniques for putting these into action in a unique book that will change how we think and transform how we live.

 

The 48 Laws of Power

by Robert Greene

In the book that People magazine proclaimed “beguiling” and “fascinating,” Robert Greene and Joost Elffers have distilled three thousand years of the history of power into 48 essential laws by drawing from the philosophies of Machiavelli, Sun Tzu, and Carl Von Clausewitz and also from the lives of figures ranging from Henry Kissinger to P.T. Barnum.

Some laws teach the need for prudence (“Law 1: Never Outshine the Master”), others teach the value of confidence (“Law 28: Enter Action with Boldness”), and many recommend absolute self-preservation (“Law 15: Crush Your Enemy Totally”).

Every law, though, has one thing in common: an interest in total domination.

In a bold and arresting two-color package, The 48 Laws of Power is ideal whether your aim is conquest, self-defense, or simply to understand the rules of the game.

 

In Life and Leadership It Worked for Me

by Colin Powell

 

Colin Powell, one of America’s most admired public figures, reveals the principles that have shaped his life and career in this inspiring and engrossing memoir.

A beautiful companion to his previous memoir, the #1 New York Times bestseller My American Journey, Powell’s It Worked for Me: In Life and Leadership is a trove of wisdom for anyone hoping to achieve their goals and turn their dreams into reality.

A message of strength and endurance from a man who has dedicated his life to public service, It Worked for Me is a book with the power to show readers everywhere how to achieve a more fulfilling life and career.

 

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