25 Books that offered me wonderful guidance as a School Leader

Here is a list of books that have influenced my thinking in different areas. They have been a very important source of guidance in my journey as a school leader. So I thought it would be a good idea to compile and share some of them for anyone who might benefit!

On Patient Optimism and Human Progress

  1. FactfulnessTen reasons we are wrong about the world and why things are better than you think - Hans Rosling with Ola Rosling and Anna rosling Ronnlund (2017)
  2. Enlightenment Now: The case for reason, science, humanism and progress - Steven Pinker (2018)
  3. The Rational Optimist: How prosperity Evolves - Matt Ridley (2011)


On Systems thinking

  1. The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practices of The Learning Organization - Peter Senge (1990, Revised 2006)
  2. High Performance Organizations: 5 validated factors of competitive advantage that apply worldwide - Andre De Waal (2019)
  3. Humanocracy: Creating Organizations as amazing as the people inside them - Gary Hamel and Michael Zanini (2020)
  4. Learning to Improve:How America’s Schools Can Get Better at Getting Better - Anthony S. Bryk, Louis Gomez, Alicia Grunow, and Paul LeMahieu (2015)

On Strategic Thinking and Innovation

  1. Zero to one: Notes on Start Ups or how to build the future - Peter Thiel (2014)
  2. The Lean StartUp: How today’s Entrepreneurs use continuous innovation to create radically successful businesses - Eric Ries (2011)
  3. The Innovator's Dilemma: When technologies cause great firms to fail  - Clayton Christensen (1997, revised 2013)
  4. Failure to Disrupt: Why technology alone can’t transform education - Justin Reich (2020)
  5. Measure what matters - John Doerr (2018)

On Learning and Knowledge

  1. How People Learn: Brain, Mind, Experience and School - National Research Council (2000)
  2. How People Learn II: Learners, Contexts and Cultures - National Academy of Sciences (2018)
  3. Tools of Titans - Tim Ferris (2016)
  4. The Knowledge Illusion: Why we never think alone - Steven Sloman and Philip Fernbach (2017)
  5. Switch: How to change things when change is hard - Chip Heath and Dan Heath (2010) 

On Human Psychology and Motivation

  1. Drive: The surprising truth of what motivates us - Dan Pink (2018)
  2. Give and Take: Why helping others drives our success - Adam Grant (2014)
  3. Thinking, Fast and Slow - Daniel Kahneman (2011)
  4. Mindset: The New Psychology of Success - Carol Dweck (2006)

On Creativity

  1. A whole new mind: Why right brainers will rule the world - Daniel Pink (2006)
  2. Originals: How non-conformists move the world - Adam Grant (2016)

On Communication

  1. Made to stick: Why some ideas survive and others die - Dan and Chip Heath (2007)
  2. StoryTelling with Data: A data visualization guide for business professionals - Cole Knaflic (2015)


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