Weekend Leadership Reading: 10/5/18

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Weekends are time when things slow down a little. Your weekend shouldn’t be two more regular work days. That’s a sure road to burnout. Take time to refresh yourself. Take time for something different. Take time for some of that reading you can’t find time for during the week.

Here are choice articles on hot leadership topics culled from the business schools, the business press and major consulting firms. This week there are articles about the inner game of leadership.

From Daniel Walters: How Managers Can Curb Overconfidence

“Taking the time to consider unknowns helps executives make better decisions.”

From Dan Bigman: What Really Matters: A Conversation With Patrick Lencioni

“People always ask me ‘Who’s the best CEO in the world?’ And I say, ‘Well, do you want a famous one, or do you want a great one?’ Most of the great CEOs, nobody knows who they are, primarily because they don’t want to be known, that wasn’t their goal. Their goal was to create a great organization to serve their customers and their employees well and change people’s lives. So I think that the problem is that the media creates this”

From Freek Vermeulen and Niro Sivanathan: Why leaders invest so much in failing strategies

“Once you’ve committed to a business strategy, it’s strangely easy to ignore the warning signs.”

From the Economist: The annoying habits of highly effective people

“ONE of the time-honoured tropes of writing on business is the detailed description of the life of a corporate titan. Readers are expected to marvel at the stamina of Tim Cook, for example. Apple’s chief executive rises at 3.45am to deal with emails. Spare a thought for his underlings, whose iPhones buzz at 4am every morning. Some subordinates may have the fortitude to sleep through it all; many will be guilt-tripped into answering the boss. Highly effective people often inflict all their idiosyncrasies upon their hapless juniors.”

From David Reimer, Adam Bryant, and Harry Feuerstein: The Four X Factors of Exceptional Leaders

“Understanding what differentiates a great leader from a good leader will help companies make the right choices for the top jobs.”

Book Suggestions

The Corner Office: Indispensable and Unexpected Lessons from CEOs on How to Lead and Succeed by Adam Bryant

Power: Why Some People Have It—and Others Don’t by Jeffery Pfeffer

Every week I share some recommendations of business books that I think are worth a look. Follow this link to the most recent list.

Every Monday, I do a blog post about business reading and business books. Follow this link to the most recent post.

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