Leadership Books (MGMT-4178, Harvard Extension School)

Here is the leadership book list from MGMT-4178 in Fall 2017 at Harvard Extension School (HES), generously shared by our HBXer – Marvin Hansen:


Multipliers, Revised and Updated: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter

Author: Liz Wiseman

Publisher: HarperBusiness; Revised, Updated ed. edition (May 16, 2017)

HES review:

  • Multipliers remains the all time leadership classic.
  • If you ever wondered how to get the most of your smart team, this may help you.


The Discomfort Zone: How Leaders Turn Difficult Conversations Into Breakthroughs 

Author: Marcia Reynolds

Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers; 1 edition (October 13, 2014)

HES review:

  • Discomfort Zone helps the most when hard conversation are due and a practical pocket guide is needed to confront and navigate the ugly.


The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way You Lead Forever

Author: Michael Bungay Stanier

Publisher: Box of Crayons Press (February 29, 2016)

HES review:

  • The coaching habit is pretty honest about the fact that senior leadership is more about coaching than delegating and as such it shares some wisdom.


Turn the Ship Around!: A True Story of Turning Followers into Leaders

Author: L. David Marquet

Publisher: Portfolio; 1 edition (May 16, 2013)

HES review:

  • Leadership at the military is different, although full of invaluable practical insights.
  • Turn the ship around stands out as a reference whenever distributed leadership needs to be implemented but no field guide is at hand.


Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win

Author: Jocko Willink, Leif Babin

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press; First Edition edition (October 20, 2015)

HES review:

  • Extreme Ownership defies corporate management by establishing a counter culture of personal responsibility for the team – taken to the extreme level. Nothing for the faint hearted.


Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World

Author: General Stanley McChrystal, Tantum Collins, David Silverman, Chris Fussell

Publisher: Portfolio; 1 edition (May 12, 2015)

HES review:

  • Team of Teams takes the idea of extreme ownership to the next level and looks how a distributed and networking centered organization maximizes its effectiveness.

Comment from HBXer – Jim Dubela:

  • Leadership is perhaps my favorite subject–after baseball. There’s so much to learn–and practice. But the most important aspect of leadership I’ve discovered is being yourself and going with what your instinct says is right.
  • Saw your book list and wanted to share a briefing by one of the authors on the list. My favorite, btw.


(Book photos source: Amazon)