Category Archives: Skill Building

These books are focused explorations of a particular skill relevant to leadership (e.g. trust building). The reader can expect to receive new insights into the skill, as well as strategies for growth and development.

The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace – Empowering Organizations by Encouraging People

appreciation at workplace

Citation for Book: Chapman G. White P. Revised and Updated: The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace – Empowering Organizations by Encouraging People. Chicago, IL: Northfield Publishing, Inc.; 2012.

Recommended by:  David Fuentes, Pacific University Oregon

Star Rating (1-5): 5 Stars

Review: This book is for anyone seeking to maximize relationships and results in the workplace with natural extensions into one’s personal life. Chapman and White present a revised and updated work, “The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace” as 209 pages of reading addressing the five key areas of appreciating our colleagues in the professional realm. The concepts of this book were adapted to fit the workplace and address both the perspectives of hiring managers (or employers) and their employees as they provide a good discussion on the five different appreciation styles. Chapman and White urge us to also pay attention to our blind spots related to our least common (or comfortable) area of both giving and receiving appreciation. Finally, they end with the notion of what must be done in order to inculcate these languages in the workplace, as well as provide an overview of what the costs of not doing so may be. Books may also be accompanied by an Access code to find your own primary appreciation language to help guide your development. Overall, a quick, thoughtful and informative read.

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Strengths Based Leadership: Great Leaders, Team, and Why People Follow

Rath, T. and Conchie, B. Strengths Based Leadership: Great Leaders, Teams, and Why People Follow. New York, NY: Gallup, Inc., 2008.

Recommended by Jenelle Sobotka

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How to Win Friends and Influence People in the Digital Age

Carnegie, D. How to Win Friends and Influence People in the Digital Age. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster, 2011.

Recommended by Jenelle Sobotka

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Whoever Tells the Best Story Wins

Simmons, A. Whoever Tells the Best Story Wins. New York, NY: AMACOM, 2007.

Recommended by Kristin Janke, U of MN, CoP

Star Rating:  4 (Really Liked It)

Review:   In Heart of Change, Kotter suggests that we respond strongly to story and that facts often aren’t enough.  Kouzes and Posner also emphasize story as an important aspect of many of the Exemplary Practices of Leaders, especially in celebrating success.  This book gives more detail and helped to convince me that we need to emphasize, use and teach story better.   Simmons has written other books.  I consider this the most practical.  It provides the best overview and is the easiest read.

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Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

Pink, D. Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us. New York, NY: Riverhead Books, 2009.

Recommended by Kristin Janke, U of MN CoP

Start Rating: 4 (Really liked it)

Review:  I use this book as an option for students in a leadership best sellers elective.  About 15 students have chosen it so far…all have rated it highly.  This book challenges the reader to examine the effectiveness of “carrots and sticks”.  It then argues for us to focus on different factors in motivating (i.e. autonomy, mastery and purpose).  Students have reported that it prompted self reflection (e.g. Why did I find X motivating?  What factors were present?), as well as prompting consideration of how they have worked with others in various settings (e.g. job, home, volunteering)

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Encouraging the Heart: A Leader’s Guide to Rewarding and Recognizing Others

Kouzes, J. and Posner, B. Encouraging the Heart: A Leader’s Guide to Rewarding and Recognizing Others. San Francisco, CA: Jossey Bass, 2010.

Recommended by Kristin Janke, U of MN, CoP

Star Rating: 4 (Really Liked It)

Review:  Encouraging the Heart 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 (a required course for those that elect to move on in the Leadership Emphasis Area).  It’s an ideal step for those that want to delve further into this Practice and is frequently selected by students.  It gives the reader a much stronger understanding of the process for Encouraging the Heart, as well as many practical ideas for recognizing others.

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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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