By Michael Holland –

Great people leaders are life long learners consuming blog posts, podcasts, articles, videos and books to gain perspective and increase knowledge.

Leverage that driving or flying time – or get away from the in-laws time – this holiday with a good book of podcast binge.

Here are some of my recent favorites.

Get Your Leadership Geek On. . .

Book. . .  The Infinite Game by Simone Sinek.

This book offers a framework for leading with an infinite mindset. On one hand, none of us can resist the fleeting thrills of a promotion earned or a tournament won, yet these rewards fade quickly.

In pursuit of a just cause, we will commit to a vision of a future world so appealing that we will build it week after week, month after month, year after year. Although we do not know the exact form this world will take, working toward it gives our work and our life meaning.

Leaders who embrace an infinite mindset build stronger, more innovative, more inspiring organizations. Ultimately, they are the ones who lead us into the future.

Podcast. . .  The Andy Stanley Leadership Podcast.

Start with the early episodes: 2013 through 2017, 14 podcasts.

Andy’s podcast is a conversation designed to help leaders go further, faster.

Think More Broadly . . .

Great by Choice: Uncertainty, Chaos, and Luck–Why Some Thrive Despite Them All by Jim Collins and Morten T. Hansen

Why do some companies thrive in uncertainty, even chaos, and others do not?

Based on nine years of research, buttressed by rigorous analysis and infused with engaging stories, Collins and his colleague Morten Hansen enumerate the principles for building a truly great enterprise in unpredictable, tumultuous and fast-moving times.

Short and Thought-provoking . . .

The Truth About Employee Engagement: A Fable About Addressing the Three Root Causes of Job Misery by Patrick Lencioni.

A topic that almost everyone can relate to: job misery.

Millions of workers, even those who have carefully chosen careers based on true passions and interests, dread going to work, suffering each day as they trudge to jobs that make them cynical, weary, and frustrated.

In typical Lencioni style, this fable reveals the three elements that make work miserable – irrelevance, immeasurability, and anonymity – and gives managers and their employees the keys to make any job more engaging.

Gain Perpective . . .

The Second Founding: How the Civil War and Reconstruction Remade the Constitution by Eric Foner.

The Declaration of Independence announced equality as an American ideal, but it took the Civil War and the subsequent adoption of three constitutional amendments to establish that ideal as American law.

This book  traces the arc of these pivotal amendments from their dramatic origins to their virtual nullification in the late nineteenth century.

Like all great works of history, this one informs our understanding of the present as well as the past: knowledge and vigilance are always necessary to secure our basic rights.

Be a life long learner and lead well!


I strive read 30 to 40 books a year.  Here is a list of the books I’ve read in 2019 on my personal blog, Instigating Men.