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Books listed under Professional Categories consist of recommended readings to expand understanding in certain areas.

  

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DEVELOPING THE LEADERS AROUND YOU: HOW TO HELP OTHERS REACH THEIR FULL POTENTIAL - John C. Maxwell  Icon  Icon  Icon
FREE ONLINE: Navy General Library Program
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Why do some people achieve great personal success, yet never succeed in building a business or making an impact in their organization? John C. Maxwell knows the answer. “The greatest leadership principle that I have ever learned in over twenty-five years of leadership,” says Maxwell, “is that those closest to the leader will determine the success level of that leader.” It’s not enough for a leader to have vision, energy, drive, and conviction. If you want to see your dream come to fruition, you must learn how to develop the leaders around you. Whether you’re the leader of a non-profit organization, small business, or Fortune 500 company, Developing the Leaders Around You can help you to take others to the limits of their potential and your organization to a whole new level.

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HEROIC LEADERSHIP: BEST PRACTICES FROM A 450-YEAR-OLD COMPANY THAT CHANGED THE WORLD - Chris Lowney
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Leadership makes great companies, but few of us truly understand how to turn ourselves and others into great leaders. One company—the Jesuits—pioneered a unique formula for molding leaders and in the process have successfully grappled with challenges that test great companies-forging seamless multinational teams, motivating performance, being open to change and staying adaptable. The author reveals the leadership principles that have guided the Jesuits for more than 450 years: the 4 core values of self-awareness (reflection), ingenuity (embracing change), love (positive attitudes toward others) and heroism (energizing ambitions).

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MCWP 6-11 LEADING MARINES - United States Marine Corps  Icon  Icon
FREE ONLINE: Lejeune Leadership Institute

On 1 AUG 2014, Gen. Amos signed an updated and revised Leading Marines (MWCP 6-11). As a "CMC Choice" selection, ALL MARINES are tasked to read this book, as "leading Marines is the most important responsibility in our Corps, and thus we must educate the heart and mind to prevail on the battlefield and in the barracks, in war and in peace."

This publication describes a leadership philosophy that reflects the traditional strengths of the Marine Corps as an institution and attempts to define the very ethos of being a Marine. It is about the inseparable relationship between the leader and the led, and is as much about the individual Marine—the bedrock upon which the Corps is built—as it is about any leader.

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LINCOLN ON LEADERSHIP: EXECUTIVE STRATEGIES FOR TOUGH TIMES - Donald T. Phillips
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Based on the strategies of Abraham Lincoln, this book focuses on the President's most difficult decisions during the Civil War, offering lessons based on his experiences for today's leaders. It is the first book to examine Abraham Lincoln's diverse leadership abilities and how they can be applied to today's complex world.

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START WITH WHY: HOW GREAT LEADERS INSPIRE EVERYONE TO TAKE ACTION - Simon Sinek  Icon  Icon  Icon
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Why are some people and organizations more innovative, more influential, and moer profitable than others? Why do some command greater loyalty from customers and employees alike? Even among the successful, why are so few able to repeat their success over and over? Drawing on a wide range of real-life stories, Sinek weaves together a clear vision of what it truly takes to lead and inspire. In studying the leaders who've had the greatest influence in the world, he discovered that they all think, act, and communicate in the exact same way — and it's the complete opposite of what everyone else does. Sinek calls this powerful idea The Golden Circle, and it provides a framework upon which organizations can be built, movements can be lead, and people can be inspired.

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THE POWER OF COMMUNICATION: SKILLS TO BUILD TRUST, INSPIRE LOYALTY, AND LEAD EFFECTIVELY - Helio Fred Garcia
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This book builds on the U.S. Marine Corps' legendary publication Warfighting, showing how to apply the Corps' proven leadership and strategy doctrine to all forms of public communication — and achieve extraordinary results. Communication is the absolutely indispensable leadership discipline. But, too often, leaders and professional communicators get mired in tactics, and fail to influence public attitudes in the ways that would help them the most. World-renowned leadership communications expert, consultant, and speaker Helio Fred Garcia reveals how to orient on audiences, recognizing their centers of gravity and most critical concerns. You'll learn how to integrate and succeed with all three levels of communication: strategic, operational, and tactical. Garcia shows how to take the initiative and control the agenda… respond to events with speed and focus… use the power of maneuver… prepare and plan… and put it all together, becoming a "habitually strategic" communicator.

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THE STARFISH AND THE SPIDER - Ori Brafman; Rod A. Beckstrom  Icon  Icon  Icon
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If you cut off a spider's head, it dies; if you cut off a starfish's leg it grows a new one, and that leg can grow into an entirely new starfish. Traditional top-down organizations are like spiders, but now starfish organizations are changing the face of business and the world. What's the hidden power behind the success of Wikipedia, craigslist, and Skype? What do eBay and General Electric have in common with the abolitionist and women's rights movements? What fundamental choice put General Motors and Toyota on vastly different paths? This book explores what happens when starfish take on spiders and reveals how established companies and institutions, from IBM to Intuit to the U.S. government, are also learning how to incorporate starfish principles to achieve success.

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THE ETHICAL WARRIOR: VALUES, MORALS AND ETHICS - FOR LIFE, WORK AND SERVICE - Jack Hoban
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Jack Hoban was shaped by service in the U.S. Marine Corps, a life-changing epiphany at a Cold War bar, and mentorship under two masters: The 34th generation grandmaster of the shadowy art of the Ninja and a sage of the Natural Law who may just have deciphered the meaning of life. He now delivers a revolutionary view of moral values for our time epitomized by the Ethical Warrior - protector of self and others as equal human beings. Hoban's methodology reaches from the Greek ancients to the counterinsurgency efforts of today's Marines to provide ethical clarity and confidence in our moral actions.

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THE (HONEST) TRUTH ABOUT DISHONESTY : HOW WE LIE TO EVERYONE--ESPECIALLY OURSELVES - Dan Ariely  Icon  Icon  Icon
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The author, a behavioral economist, challenges our preconceptions about dishonesty and urge us to take an honest look at ourselves. We all cheat, whether it is copying a paper in the classroom, or white lies on our expense accounts. Does the chance of getting caught affect how likely we are to cheat? How do companies pave the way for dishonesty? Does collaboration make us more honest or less so? Does religion improve our honesty? Here the author explores how unethical behavior works in the personal, professional, and political worlds, and how it affects all of use, even as we think of ourselves as having high moral standards. He explores the question of dishonesty from Washington to Wall Street, and the classroom to the workplace, to examine why cheating is so prevalent and what can be done to prevent it. None of us is immune, whether it is the white lie to head off trouble or padding our expense reports. Generally, we assume that cheating, like most other decisions, is based on a rational cost-benefit analysis. But the author argues, and then demonstrates, that it is actually the irrational forces that we do not take into account that often determine whether we behave ethically or not. For every Enron or political bribe, there are countless puffed resumes, hidden commissions, and knockoff purses. He shows why some things are easier to lie about; how getting caught matters less than we think; and how business practices pave the way for unethical behavior both intentionally and unintentionally. But all is not lost. The author also identifies what keeps us honest, pointing the way for achieving higher ethics in our everyday lives, and with personal and academic findings, changing the way we see ourselves, our actions, and others.

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