Leadership is the technology of human potential. We know that leadership needs new concepts to adapt to a network era. Without the right new leadership concepts, we won’t realise the human potential of the future of work.
Change Agents Worldwide is offering solutions and development opportunities for change leaders looking to make the transition to network era. I am excited to work with an extraordinary team of change agents to bring that about. Leadership can come from any role, so building capabilities matters for all individuals and for all teams. The opportunities are tailored to people’s personal goals, needs and position in the organisation.
Creating the future of leadership in a network era takes a diverse series of influences. The list below is the set of books, articles and blogs that have most influenced my personal learning. Like all such lists it is partial and personal. There are too many great thinkers and leaders whose work I have not had the time to read or the space to include here. I have included a long list under categories to enable people to dip into sources that they may not have seen before.
If you are looking for some great places to start, here my list:
General Leadership Agenda:
The Leadership Challenge - Kouzes & Posner
On Becoming a Leader - Warren Bennis
Leading Out Loud - Terry Pearce
Delivering Happiness - Tony Hsieh
Maverick & The Seven Day Weekend - Ricardo Semler
The Contrarian’s Guide to Leadership - Steven B Sample
Small Giants - Bo Burlingham
The Rationale For Change
Future of Management - Gary Hamel
Moonshots for Management or What Matters Now - Gary Hamel
The Responsive Organization Manifesto
The Manifesto for a New Way of Work - Stowe Boyd *
Adaptive Leadership Techniques:
The Work of Leadership - Ron Heifetz & Donald Laurie
The Practice of Adaptive Leadership - Heifetz, Grashow & Linsky
The Australian Leadership Paradox - Liz Skelton and Geoff Aigner
Solving Tough Problems & Power and Love - Adam Kahane
Discovering Purpose & Authenticity:
Purpose posts from this blog
Purpose - Nikos Mourkogiannis
True North - Bill George
Personal and Organisational Learning:
Seek>Sense>Share - Harold Jarche
Teaching Smart People to Learn - Chris Argyris
The Living Company - Arie De Geus
Working Out Loud:
The 3 Tiny Habits
Wirearchy blog - Jon Husband
The Network Navigator
6 Social Media Skills Every Leader Needs - McKinsey
The Power of Pull - Hagel, Seely-Brown & Davidson
Multipliers - Liz Wiseman & Greg McKeown
Leadership that Gets Results - Daniel Goleman
Systems & Design Thinking
Fifth Discipline - Peter Senge
The Opposable Mind & The Design of Business - Roger L Martin
The Laws of Simplicity - John Maeda
Change by Design - Tim Brown
The Communication Catalyst - Mickey Connolly & Richard Rianoshek
Fierce Conversations - Susan Scott
Cultivating Communities of Practice - Wenger, McDermott & Snyder
Rules for Radicals - Saul Alinski
WISP at Sanofi Pasteur - Celine Schillinger
The First Follower - Derek Sivers
Any list like this is partial. These are the works on leadership that I go back to again and again as inspirations. This list clearly could be far more diverse and far longer.
Whose leadership inspires you? Who has been left out of this list? What materials should people read or engage with to design the future of leadership in the future of work?
I look forward to seeing your additional ideas and suggestions in the comments.
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* In an earlier version of this post Stowe Boyd’s Manisfesto was incorrectly referred to as The Manifesto for the New World of Work. The post has now been amended.
june holley's insight:
Great reading list on network leadership - site has links to articles and books