This page provides books, articles or other resources for you to explore. Many of these are classics are most likely already in your library. They’re worth picking up time and again.

Leaders’ Library

Leadership and Management – Authentic, Conscious, Creative, Spiritual

Aburdene, Patricia, Megatrends 2010, Hampton Roads Publishing Co.,Charlottesville VA, 2005. The next megatrend will be the transformation to the new economy of consciousness.

Ardagh, Arjuna & Wilber, Ken. The Translucent Revolution:  How People Just Like You are Waking Up and Changing the World, New World Library, 2005. A blend of observations, stories, research, and in-depth interviews with many of the pioneers of human consciousness and spirituality – for all people working toward a positive future.

Badaracco, Joseph, J., Jnr. Leading Quietly, An Unorthodox Guide to Doing the Right Thing, Harvard Business School Press, USA, 2002. A practical guide to resolving everyday leadership dilemmas.

Barrett, Richard. Liberating the Corporate Soul, Building a Visionary Organization, Butterworth-Heinemann, USA, 1998. Provides a look at a shifting paradigm where business leaders can harness the creative potential of their staff and their organization.

Bennis, Warren. Why Leaders Can’t Lead, The Unconscious Conspiracy Continues, Jossey-Bass Publishers, San Francisco, USA, 1989. Discusses the obstacles against leaders emerging and taking charge in our society.

Blanchard, Ken. & O’Connor, Michael. Managing by Values, Berrett-Koehler Publishers Ltd, San Francisco, USA, 1997. A game-plan for becoming a “Fortune 500” Company.

Block, Peter. Stewardship, Berrett/Koehler Publishers, San Francisco, USA, 1993.

Boleman, Lee, G. & Deal, Terrence, E. Leading With Soul, An Uncommon Journey of Spirit, Jossey-Bass Publishers, San  Francisco, 1995. A lesson in leadership, through a story of a relationship between a teacher and student, tying spirituality and leadership together.

Bolls, Richard, Nelson. The 1991 What Color Is Your Parachute, A Practical Manual for Job Hunters and Career Changers, Ten Speed Press, California, USA, 1991. Self-help book for job-seekers.

Boyette, Joseph. & Boyette, Jimmie. The Guru Guide, The Best Ideas of the Top Management Thinkers, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Canada, 1998. Provides the latest trends in management by discussing the best of today’s thinking on management and leadership.

Buckingham, Marcus. & Clifton, Donald, O. Ph.D.  Now, Discover Your Strengths, The Free Press, USA, 2001. Helps readers conceptualize their strengths and assists managers in supervising people with various strengths.

Buckingham, Marcus. & Coffman, Curt. First Break All The Rules, What the World’s Greatest Managers Do Differently, Simon & Schuster, NY, USA, 1999. A study of 80,000 managers in 400 different companies.

Campbell, Joseph. The Hero With a Thousand Faces, Princeton University Press, NY, USA, 1949. Discusses the archetypal hero in all the mythologies of the world.

Covey, Stephen, R. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Simon & Schuster, NY, USA, 1989. A holistic, principle-centered, integrated approach for solving personal and professional problems.

DePree, Max. Leadership Jazz, Dell Pubilshing, USA, 1992.The art of conducting business through leadership, followship, teamwork, touch, voice.

DePree, Max. Leading Without Power: Finding Hope in Serving Community. Shepherd Foundation, Holland, Michigan, 1997. Insights into successful organizations and their framework and a guideline for successful leaders.

Garrat,t Bob. 2006. Thin on Top. London; Boston: Nicholas Brealey Publishing

Gilbert, Thomas, F. Human Competence, Engineering Worthy Performance, McGraw-Hill Publishing Company, USA, 1978. A system for getting the most out of people to reduce training time and increase productivity.

Habbel, Rolf W. 2002. ‘Seven Steps to Human(e) Leadership’ in The People Sector. Palgrave Macmillan.

Hamel, Gary. Leading the Revolution, Harvard Business School Press, USA, 2000. An assessment of issues facing companies around the world as the struggle to catch up with the new economy.

Hesselbein, Frances. Goldsmith, Marshall. & Beckhard, Richard. Eds. The Leader of the Future, Josey-Bass Publishers, San Francisco, USA, 1996. A book about the future quality of our lives, businesses, and organizations.

Heider, John. The Tao of Leadership, Humanics New Age, Georgia, USA, 1985. Simple and clear advice on how to be the very best kind of leader from Lao Tzu’s Tao Te Ching adapted for a New Age.

Jeffers, Susan, Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway, Simon & Schuster, Audio Division, 1994

Keshavan, Nair. A Higher Standard of Leadership: Lessons from the Life of Gandhi, Berrett-Koehler Publishers, San Francisco. 1994. The spirit and wisdom of Gandhi applied to decision making, setting goals, and higher standards of leadership.

Kouzes, James, M. & Posner, Barry, Z. The Leadership Challenge, Jossey-Bass Publishers, San Francisco, USA, 1987. A study of successful leaders in action. 

Kranz, Gene. Failure Is Not An Option, Simon & Schuster, NY,USA, 2000. This book provides insights into historical flights such as Apollo 13, given by former Flight Director of NASA.

Levy, Lester, and Bentley, Mark. 2007. More ‘Right’ than ‘Real’: The Shape of Authentic Leadership in New Zealand. Auckland: BDO Spicers & The University of Auckland

Manus, Burt. Visionary Leadership, Josey-Bass, USA, 1992. An effective resource for leaders in every level and sector.

Moore, James, F. The Death of Competition, Leadership and Strategy in the Age of Business Ecosystems, HaperBusiness, NY, USA, 1996. This work uses a biological metaphor to discuss businesses as organisms. Offering a deeper understanding of how businesses are constantly changing and evolving.

Senge, Peter, M. The Fifth Discipline, The Art and Practice of The Learning Organisation, Doubleday Dell Publishing Group, Inc., NY, USA, 1990. Discusses learning disabilities in organizations and how to overcome them.

Shipka, Barbara. Leadership in a Challenging World, A Sacred Journey, Butterworth-Heinemann, USA, 1997. A journey to wholeness, suggesting leadership derives from a developed sense of passion, integrity, authenticity and aliveness.

Watts, Wacker. Taylor, Jim. & Means, Howard. The Visionary’s Handbook: Nine Paradoxes that will Shape the Future of Your Business. HarperCollins Publishers. NY, NY 2000. Based on the author’s nine paradoxes of modern life and define business and social climates of the world in the new millennium.

Zenger, John, H. & Folkman, Joseph. The Handbook for Leaders, 24 Lessons for Extraordinary Leadership, McGraw-Hill Professional Education, R.R. Donnelly, 2004. A Compilation of responses to the question “What makes a great leader?” given by thousands of North American and European workers to give competencies and guidelines essential for leadership.

Zenger, John, H. & Folkman, Joseph. The Extraordinary Leader, Turning Good Managers into Great Leaders, McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc., NY, USA, 2002. Defines leadership skills and provides an innovative program for attaining, developing and implementing those skills.


DeBono, Edward. Serious Creativity, HarperCollins Publishers, 1990. Uses the power of lateral thinking to create new ideas.

DeBono, Edward. Six Thinking Hats, Penguin Books, 1994. Methods for problem solving.


Boyce, Barry. 2008. ‘Complexity Chaos Collapse Community Compassion: Why We Need New Ways of Thinking’ in Shambhala Sun, September 2008, pp. 40-47; 104-105.

Collins, Jim & Porras, Jerry I., Built to Last, Random House, Great Britain, 1994. Successful habits of visionary companies.

Collins, Jim, Good to Great, Random House, Great Britain, 2001.

Columbia Accident Investigation Board (2003, August). Columbia accident investigation report, vol. 1. USA: Limited First Printing. Accessed from:

Copperfield, David . 2002. ‘Why Appreciative Enquiry’ in Lessons from the Field: Applying Appreciative Inquiry. USA:Thin Book Publishing

Dell. ‘Soul of Dell’ [website]

Fisher, Lawrence M. 2004. ‘How Dell Got Soul’ Strategy and Business Online [website]

Goldberg, Barry. ‘Redeeming Sisyphus: Get Out of Control! Get More Done!’ Change This, no. 52.03 [website]

Gordon, Jon. ‘The Positive Business Manifesto’ Change This, no. 52.02 [website]

Hall, Joseph Lorenzo. 2003. ‘Columbia and Challenger: organizational failure at NASA’ in Space Policy, vol 19, pp. 239-247.

Hammond, Sue Annis and Mayfield, Andrea B. 2004. Naming Elephants: How to Surface Undiscussables for Greater Organizational Success. USA:Thin Book Publishing.

Jensen, C. 1996. No downlink: A dramatic narrative about the Challenger accident and our time. New York: Farrar, Straus, Giroux.

Lundin, Stephen C. Paul, Harry, and Christensen, John. 2000. Fish! A Remarkable Way to Boost Morale and Improve Results. New York: Hyperion.Green, Lawrence. & Campbell, Jenny. The Kiwi Effect, Avocado Press Ltd, Wellington, New Zealand, 2004. Provides an outline of the minds of successful kiwi businesses.

Tischler, Linda. 2002. ‘Can Kevin Rollins find the Soul of Dell?’. Fast, accessed on 4th Nov 2008 at:

Senge, Peter. 1990. The Fifth Discipline: The Art & Practice of The Learning Organization. New York: Doubleday.

Vaughan D. 1990. ‘Autonomy, interdependence and social control: NASA and the Space Shuttle Challenger’ in Administrative Science Quarterly, vol. 35, no. 2, pp.225–57.

Vaughan D. 1996. The Challenger launch decision: risky technology, culture and deviance at NASA. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press.

Vaughan D. 1997. ‘The trickle-down effect: policy decisions, risky work, and the challenger tragedy’ in California Management Review, vol. 32, no. 2, pp. 80–102.

Violanti, Michelle T. 2006. ‘Case Study 15: Should We Stop Using the Letter C’? Three Key Players Respond to the February 1, 2003, Columbia Shuttle Events’ in May, Steve (ed.), Case Studies in Organizational Communication: Ethical Perspectives and Practices.  CA: Sage Publications, pp. 253-264.


Denning, Stephen. The Springboard, How Storytelling Ignites Action in Knowledge-Era Organizations, Butterworth-Heinemann, MA, USA, 2001. Teaches storytelling as a formal discipline for organizational change and knowledge management.

Emoto, Masura. The Message from Water, HADO Kyoikusha, 2001.

Gardner, Howard. Csikszentmihalyi, Mihaly. Damon, William. Good Work, Basic Books, NY, USA, 2001. This book gives an insight into future course of science technology and communication.

Peters, Tom. 2007. “Top 50 Have Yous” [website]

Energy and Peak Performance

Loehr, Jim and Schwartz, Tony. The Power of Full Engagement, Griffin Press, South Australia, 2003. Managing energy, not time, is the key to performance, health and happiness.

Emotional Intelligence

Goleman, Daniel. Emotional Intelligence, Clays Ltd. Great Britain, 1995. Discusses our emotions role in thought, decision-making and individual success.

Goleman, Daniel. Working With Emotional Intelligence, Bantam Books, USA, 2000. Emotional Intelligence is a set of skills that any one can acquire. This book provides a practical guide to fostering such skills.

Goleman, Daniel. Boyatzis, Richard. and Mckee, Annie. Primal Leadership. Harvard Business School Press, Boston, Massachusetts, 2002. Realizing the power of emotional intelligence.

Senge, Peter. Scharmer, Otto, C. Jaworski, Joseph. & Flowers, Betty Sue. Presence, Human Purpose and the Field of the Future, SoL, MA, USA, 2004. This book gives a vision of humanity at its highest level, a combination of intellectual and intuitive experience.

Wheatley, Margaret, J. Turning To One Another, Simple conversations to restore hope to the future, Berrett-Koehler Publishers Inc., San Francisco, USA, 2002. Exploring questions to about life, business, the earth and the future.

Wheatley, Margaret J. and Kellner-Rogers, Myron, A Simpler Way, Berrett/Koehler Publishers 1996. How could we organize human endeavor if we developed different understandings of how life organizes itself.


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