Dave’s Leadership Library

It was Harry S. Truman who said, “Not All Readers Are Leaders, But All Leaders Are Readers.” It makes sense.

Or, as Mark Twain put it, “The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read.”

Here are three books I’d urge you to consider adding to your list of “must-reads.”

I’d love to hear what you are reading. Post your suggestions below.

Man’s Search for Meaning

by Viktor Frankl

Author Viktor Frankl survived the holocaust and now describes how he learned that his attitude would determine his future happiness and that no one can ever take away from us the freedom to choose how we respond to a given situation. He says we control our attitude, our potential is waiting and that “Ultimately, man should not ask what the meaning of his life is, but rather must recognize that he is asked. In a word, each man is questioned by life; and he can only answer to life by answering for his own life; to life, he can only respond by being responsible.”

Black Box Thinking

by Matthew Syed

The book focuses on why we fail at things in our lives and don’t hear from our mistakes. The book notes that preventable medical error is the third-biggest killer in the United States, causing more than 400,000 deaths every year. More people die from mistakes made by doctors and hospitals than from traffic accidents. Author Matthew Syed blames our cognitive biases and fixed mindsets. Cognitive biases are mental shortcuts that make thinking fast but impede our ability to gather and analyze data. At the same time, fixed mindsets perceive abilities as fixed and failures as criticisms of competence and character.


by Brian Tracy

As the subtitle says, ‘how to get everything you want faster than you ever thought possible.” Tracy writes about ways to achieve our goals better using twenty-one strategies in the book. “Your time and life are precious, and the biggest waste of time and life is to spend years accomplishing something that you could have achieved in only a few months.” He writes  “The author stresses the need for a plan of action, managing your time well, and visualizing your goals.

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