business booksAs a leader, one of your main responsibilities to your team and yourself is to never stop learning. Attending conferences and continuing education are two great options, but one of the simplest things you can do every day (regardless of how busy you are) is read. In fact, Medix’s leaders and I commit to reading at least one new business book and one new leadership book each quarter. I believe this helps us all evolve into better leaders, as well as teammates. Thus, I recommend every leader, new or seasoned, make reading a habit. To get started, here are a few of my favorites:
From Values to Action
Harry M. Jansen Kraemer Jr.
Harry Kraemer, professor at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and former chairman and CEO of Baxter International, offers his perspective on being a value-based leader in today’s global economy. Through his principles of self-reflection, balance and perspective, true self-confidence and genuine humility, Kraemer offers a framework for leaders who want to do the right thing, while also delivering lasting results.
Becoming the Best
Harry M. Jansen Kraemer Jr.
In his follow-up to “From Values to Action,” Kraemer applies his principles of value-based leadership to real-life, practical situations. This engaging read draws from a wealth of experiences from Kraemer’s own life, as well as other note-worthy leaders and organizations, to put principles into practice. Highlights include forging “best partnerships” through win/win collaborations, using self-reflection to become your best self and making a difference in the world beyond your organizations by becoming a “best citizen.”
Scaling Up
Verne Harnish
 Leaders don’t need grow it alone! In this best seller, the goal is to create a company where the team is actively engaged and growth can thrive. Harnish and his team want to give you the tools and techniques to help you make decisions where it matters most – with people, strategy, execution and cash.
When Pride Still Mattered
David Maraniss
Vince Lombardi may have led his teams to numerous victories on the field, but his leadership lessons truly transcend the world of sports. In Maranis’ biography, the larger-than-life icon’s success is linked to both his skills as a great motivator and his cerebral approach to the game. Let this great American story of success give added perspective to your leadership style.
Whether they’re downloaded on your tablet or a paper copy in-hand, a good book can help you keep learning and evolving into a better leader. Consider these options, as I have found them incredibly impactful in my career and for my team.
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