Category Archives: Character/Values

The primary focus of these books is to explore a leader’s qualities and characteristics. They may also provide insight on building credibility and demonstrating your values through behaviors and actions.

How will you measure your life?

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Citation for Book: Christensen CM, Allworth J, Dillon K. How Will You Measure Your Life?. HarperBusiness; 2012

Recommended by:  Kyle Turner, kyle.turner@pharm.utah.edu

Star Rating (1-5): 5

Review: How will you gauge the outcomes of your personal and professional life? What will success look like? In his book, How Will You Measure Your Life, Harvard business professor Clayton Christensen discusses how to find answers to these important questions. Using a series of real-life vignettes, Christensen applies the issues of the modern business world to personal and professional life as a means to discover answers to three important questions:

• How can I be sure I find satisfaction in my career?
• How can I be sure my relationships become enduring sources of happiness?
• How can I avoid compromising my integrity – and stay out of jail?

This lecture-turned-text covers subjects such as personal motivation and incentives, intentional planning vs. unexpected opportunity, aligning resources, strategy and values, long term relationship investment, creating a consistent culture, troublesome outsourcing, the impact of small decisions, and more!

Readers will find this book to be insightful, motivating and deeply reflective. Regardless of your personal or professional background, the theories and ideas presented will aid in peeling back the layers of your life and help you determine if your own ship is sailing to your desired destination.

This book belongs on every person’s shelf. Teachers and learners will find it invaluable as they investigate and teach self-awareness, ethics and values, goal setting, career planning and more.

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The Leader’s Compass: A Personal Leadership Philosophy is Your Key to Success

Ruggero, E. and Haley, D. The Leader’s Compass: A Personal Leadership Philosophy is Your Key to Success. King of Prussia, PA: Academy of Leadership, 2005.

Recommended by Jenelle Sobotka

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Training Camp: A Fable About Excellence

Gordon, J. Training Camp: A Fable About Excellence. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, 2009.

Recommended by Jenelle Sobotka

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Credibility: How Leaders Gain and Lose It, Why People Demand It

Kouzes, J. and Posner, B. Credibility: How Leaders Gain and Lose It, Why People Demand It. John Wiley & Sons, Inc, 2011.

Recommended by Kristin Janke, U of MN, CoP

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Review: Model the Way is one of the Five Practices of Exemplary Leaders.  At our school, students in the spring leadership elective read The Student Leadership Challenge, which introduces the Practices, and take the Student Leadership Practices Inventory (SLPI), which assesses the Practices.  I then have this book as an option in the Leadership Best Sellers course.  I don’t have a lot of experience with the book yet.  I’m currently reading it, along with two students.  I would appreciate anyone’s comments!

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The Speed of Trust: One Thing that Changes Everything

Covey, S. The Speed of Trust: The One Thing that Changes Everything. New York, NY: Free Press, 2006.

Recommended by Kristin Janke, U of MN, CoP

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Review:  I picked this book up because it focused on trust and seemed like a logical extension to some work we were doing on team building.  Indeed, it is good additional reading for instructors working with Five Dysfunctions of a Team.   I’ve only had two students read it at this point.  One liked it, but the other preferred Leadership and Self Deception.

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