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 quarantining or get away from the in-laws time – this holiday with a good book.

Here are some of my recent favorites.

Get Your Leadership Geek On. . .

Trillion Dollar Coach: The Leadership Playbook of Silicon Valley’s Bill Campbell by Eric Schmidt, Jonathan Rosenberg and Alan Eagle

Bill Campbell is the coach most of us have never heard of.  He was an intense, intimate advisor to dozens of successful entrepreneurs and leaders.

Based on interviews with over eighty people, this book explains the Coach’s principles and illustrates them with stories from the many great people and companies with which he worked. The result is a blueprint for forward-thinking business leaders and managers.

Get Perspective. . .

How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

This thought-provoking book created many questions for me.  The author examines racism through a number of lenses and overlays his personal self-exploration story which adds tremendous depth and impact.

Simply not being racist isn’t enough. We must actively choose to be “antiracist,” working to undo racism and its component polices in order to build an equitable society.

Be forewarned: This book may upend your view on the world around you and the impact you may not realize you are having.

Get Your Mind Thinking. . .

Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success by Adam Grant

This book provided a counterintuitive and thought provoking look at relationships.

The author is an award-winning researcher and Wharton’s highest-rated professor.  He examines the surprising forces that shape why some people rise to the top of the success ladder while others sink to the bottom.

Get Motivated. . .

The Way I Heard It by Mike Rowe

This is a book that needs to be listened to in order to take in the full impact of Mike Rowe’s story-telling of tales of people we know.

Very entertaining and chunked into 35 segments taken from his favorite episodes on his top-ranked podcast of the same name.  Great for those of us who have a curious mind and a short attention span.

Learning his life story, which is woven around the segments, was quite inspiring.

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 2020 on my personal blog, Instigating Men.