Cornerstone Reads: Books on Leadership

In this season of leadership at Cornerstone, we are learning that you keep wanting more! More information, more trainings, and continued growth with your leadership skills. Check out a few of our favorite books on leadership below!

Developing the Leader Within You | John Maxwell

Developing the Leader Within You is Dr. Maxwell’s first and most enduring leadership book, having sold more than one million copies. In this Christian Leaders Series edition of this Maxwell classic, you will discover the biblical foundation for leadership that John Maxwell has used as a pastor and business leader for more than forty years. These same principles and practices are available for everyday leadership in every walk of life. It is a lofty calling to lead a group— a family, a church, a nonprofit, a business— and the timeless principles in this book willbring positive change in your life and in the lives of those around you.

If you would like to learn more from John Maxwell, make sure you attend the Live2Lead broadcasting at Cornerstone on October 25th. More information can be found here!

Strengths Based Leadership | Tom Rath & Barrie Conchie

In Strengths Based Leadership, #1 New York Times bestselling author Tom Rath and renowned leadership consultant Barry Conchie reveal the results of this research. Based on their discoveries, the book identifies three keys to being a more effective leader: knowing your strengths and investing in others’ strengths, getting people with the right strengths on your team, and understanding and meeting the four basic needs of those who look to you for leadership.

Start with Why | Simon Sinek

START WITH WHY shows that the leaders who’ve had the greatest influence in the world all think, act, and communicate the same way — and it’s the opposite of what everyone else does. Sinek calls this powerful idea The Golden Circle, and it provides a framework upon which organizations can be built, movements can be led, and people can be inspired. And it all starts with WHY.

Make Your Bed | Admiral William H. McRaven

On May 17, 2014, Admiral William H. McRaven addressed the graduating class of the University of Texas at Austin on their Commencement day. Taking inspiration from the university’s slogan, “What starts here changes the world,” he shared the ten principles he learned during Navy Seal training that helped him overcome challenges not only in his training and long Naval career, but also throughout his life; and he explained how anyone can use these basic lessons to change themselves-and the world-for the better.

Admiral McRaven’s original speech went viral with over 10 million views. Building on the core tenets laid out in his speech, McRaven now recounts tales from his own life and from those of people he encountered during his military service who dealt with hardship and made tough decisions with determination, compassion, honor, and courage. Told with great humility and optimism, this timeless book provides simple wisdom, practical advice, and words of encouragement that will inspire readers to achieve more, even in life’s darkest moments.

Girl, Wash Your Face | Rachel Hollis

As the founder of the lifestyle website TheChicSite.com and CEO of her own media company, Rachel Hollis developed an immense online community by sharing tips for better living while fearlessly revealing the messiness of her own life. Now, in this challenging and inspiring new book, Rachel exposes the twenty lies and misconceptions that too often hold us back from living joyfully and productively, lies we’ve told ourselves so often we don’t even hear them anymore.

Brave Leadership | Kimberly Davis

Brave Leadership is the essential guide for leaders in today’s ever-shifting world. Wherever you are in your leadership journey—new, seasoned, young, or old—if you aspire to be the best leader you can be, then this book is for you. It will help you

  • Uncover your barriers to brave
  • Escape overwhelm and frustration and learn to manage stress and anxiety
  • Prepare for high-stakes meetings and conversations
  • Have the influence you want to have
  • Set the direction of your career
  • Connect powerfully
  • Feel more confident, courageous, satisfied, and purposeful
  • Tap into the want of the people you lead to get the results you need

On a quest to make these powerful conversations more accessible, professional-actress-turned-leadership-educator Kimberly Davis shares the transformative tools she uses in her workshops to help thousands of leaders worldwide. Drawing from years of working with leaders of all experience levels and industries and the latest research in psychology, sociology, business, and the arts, this provocative and inspiring book bridges traditional business how-to with a personal development approach to demystify what it takes to be the brave leader you were born to be.

The Wisdom of Walt | Jeffery A Barnes

In The Wisdom of Walt, Professor Jeffrey Barnes distills Walt Disney’s vision, his knowledge, and his methods into a series of actionable lessons. Through historical vignettes about Disneyland, as well as plentiful examples and exercises, Barnes creates a framework through which you can apply Walt’s wisdom to improve your career, your company, and your life.

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