SQ Leadership Book Review

Woke Leadership

By: Priscilla H. Douglas 

ABOUT THIS BOOK: Woke leaders are the stewards of an ‘all in’ equity economy; they are the sentinels for change.

They live at the nexus of consciousness and compassion; and, in this book—Woke Leadership: Profits, Prophets & Purpose—I describe the experiences that create these leadership traits and I profile “woke” leaders and followers in action.

Woke leadership is a continuum of noticing, appreciating, internalizing, and acting. They lead with purpose and compassion.

This is not a how-to book, but a guide to the most effective, inspiring leadership I have had the privilege of witnessing in my 30+ years coaching and consulting in the C-suite.


The 15 Commitments of Conscious Leadership

By: Jim Dethmer, Diana Chapman, Kaley Klemp 

You’ll never see leadership the same way again after reading this book.

These fifteen commitments are a distillation of decades of work with CEOs and other leaders.

They are radical or provocative for many. They have been game changers for us and for our clients. We trust that they will be for you too.Our experience is that unconscious leadership is not sustainable. It won’t work for you, your team or your organization in the long term.

Unconscious leadership can deliver short term results, but the costs of living and leading unconsciously are great.

Fear drives most leaders to make choices that are at odds with healthy relationships, vitality and balance. This fear leaves a toxic residue that won’t be as easily tolerated in an increasingly complex business environment.

Conscious leadership offers the antidote to fear. These pages contain a comprehensive road map to guide you to shift from fear-based to trust-based leadership.

Once you learn and start practicing conscious leadership you’ll get results in the form of more energy, clarity, focus and healthier relationships. You’ll do more and more of what you are passionate about, and less of what you do out of obligation. You’ll have more fun, be happier, experience less drama and be more on purpose.

Your team will get results as well. They’ll be more collaborative, creative, energized and engaged. They’ll solve issues faster, and once resolved the issues won’t resurface. Drama and gossip will all but disappear, and the energy and resources that fueled them will be redirected towards innovation and creativity.

Any one of these commitments will change your life. All of them together are revolutionary. Leaders who practice the 15 commitments:· End blame and criticism· Speak candidly, openly and honestly, in a way that invites others to do the same· Find their unique genius· Let go of taking everything—especially themselves and their problems—so seriously· Create win for all solutions· Experience a new relationship to time and money where there is always enoughWhat do you need to bring to the table? Be curious.

Sounds so simple, and yet in our experience it’s a skill few have mastered. Most of us are far more interested in being right and proving it, than we are in learning, growing and shifting out of our old patterns.

By default we gravitate towards the familiar. We’re asking you to take a chance and explore the unfamiliar. You’ll get scared and reactive.

We all do. So what? Just stay curious and let us introduce you to a whole new world of leadership.





Find Your Leadership Voice In 90 Days

By: Kadi Cole

In her much anticipated third book, “Find Your Leadership Voice in 90 Days”, Kadi Cole gives female leaders practical, step-by-step guidance on how to step into their leadership roles with confidence.

No more waffling, no more wondering, no more questioning yourself.

At the end of 90 days, you will:

Know how to speak up and what to say

Identify when not to speak without regretsLearn the skills to advocate for yourself and others Grow in confidence while keeping pride in check

Discern how to be heard without being resented Kadi gives the wisdom and insight of the seasoned mentor we all need, along with the witty humor and down-to-earth advice of the close friend we all want.



Leadership and Self-Deception

By: The Arbinger Institute

Since its original publication in 2000, Leadership and Self-Deception has become an international word-of-mouth phenomenon.

Rather than tapering off, it sells more copies every year. The book’s central insight–that the key to leadership lies not in what we do but in who we are–has proven to have powerful implications not only for organizational leadership but in readers’ personal lives as well. 

Leadership and Self-Deception uses an entertaining story everyone can relate to about a man facing challenges at work and at home to expose the fascinating ways that we blind ourselves to our true motivations and unwittingly sabotage the effectiveness of our own efforts to achieve happiness and increase happiness.

We trap ourselves in a “box” of endless self-justification. Most importantly, the book shows us the way out.

Readers will discover what millions already have learned–how to consistently tap into and act on their innate sense of what’s right, dramatically improving all of their relationships.


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