SQ Leadership Book Review

Leadership Is Language: The Hidden Power of What You Say and What You Don’t

By L. David Marquet 

Your words matter more than you think

Most of us use the language we inherited from a time when workers worked with their hands and managers worked with their heads. Today, your people do much more than simply follow orders. They contribute to performance and solve problems, and it’s time we updated our language to reflect that. 

In Leadership Is Language, former US Navy captain L. David Marquet offers a radical playbook to empower your people and put your team on a path to continuous improvement. The framework will help you achieve the right balance between deliberation and action, and take bold risks without endangering your mission. Among other things, you’ll learn:

· How to avoid the seven common sins of questioning, from binary questions (should we do A or B?) to self-affirming questions (B is the better option, right?)

· Why you should vote first, then discuss, when deciding on a plan with your team, rather than voting after discussion

· Why it’s better to give your people information instead of instructions

As a submarine captain, Marquet used his counterintuitive model of leadership to turn the worst-performing submarine crew into the best-performing one in the fleet, a story he recounted in his bestselling book Turn the Ship Around! Now, in Leadership Is Language, he draws on a wide range of examples, from the 2017 Oscars Best Picture mishap to the tragic sinking of the SS El Faro, to show you exactly how the words you use (and don’t use) impact how your people contribute.

 

Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone To Take Action

By Simon Sinek

Because in business it doesn’t matter what you do, it matters why you do it.

Steve Jobs, the Wright brothers and Martin Luther King have one thing in common: they STARTED WITH WHY.

This book is for anyone who wants to inspire others, or to be inspired. 

Based on the most-watched TED Talk of all time. 

‘One of the most useful and powerful books I have read in years’ William Ury, coauthor of Getting to Yes

‘This book is so impactful, I consider it required reading’ Tony Robbins, bestselling author of Awaken The Giant Within

 

Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t

By Simon Sinek

This is not a crazy, idealized notion. 

Today, in many successful organizations,great leaders are creating environments in which people naturally work together to do remarkable things.

In Leaders Eat Last, Simon Sinek, internationally bestselling author of Start With Why, investigates these great leaders from Marine Corps Officers, who don’t just sacrifice their place at the table but often their own comfort and even their lives for those in their care, to the heads of big business and government – each putting aside their own interests to protect their teams. 

Sinek argues that this is what it means to be a leader and asks are you a leader?

‘As refreshingly simple and easy to follow as it is thought-provoking’ Management Today

 

Quiet Leadership: Winning Hearts, Minds and Matches 

By Carlo Ancelotti

‘a treasury of anecdote and insight’ – The Guardian 

‘Quiet Leadership contains page upon page of insight into his methods from Cristiano Ronaldo, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, John Terry and more’. – Sport Magazine

Carlo Ancelotti is one of the greatest managers of all time, with five Champions League titles to his name. Yet his approach could not be further from the aggressive theatricals favoured by many of his rivals. His understated style has earned him the fierce loyalty of players like David Beckham, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Cristiano Ronaldo.

In Quiet Leadership, Ancelotti reveals the full, riveting story of his managerial career – his methods, mentors, mistakes and triumphs – and takes us inside the dressing room to trace the characters, challenges and decisions that have shaped him. The result is both a scintillating memoir and a rare insight into the business of leadership.

 

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