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- See also AU-24, Concepts for Air Force Leadership,
with more than 70 articles from leaders and leadership theorists
- Reading Lists of the Service Chiefs
- Books, magazines, and television for flag officers, 2010, by Perry Smith
- Big Dog's Leadership Page: Selected Readings
from Big Dog's Leadership Page, an online book with LOTS of practical and theoretical material
- Developing Air Force Strategists: Change Culture, Reverse Careerism (local copy), by Bethel et al, Joint Force Quarterly, 3rd Quarter 2010
- In addition to the long list of histories of command and leadership, Air Force senior leaders should have to read Scott Page’s The Difference, Malcolm Gladwell’s Blink and Outliers, James Surowiecki’s The Wisdom of Crowds, and most importantly, Alec Fisher’s The Logic of Real Arguments.
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- Bass, Bernard M. A New Paradigm of Leading: An Inquiry into Transformational Leadership. Alexandria, VA: U.S. Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences, 1996.
Alternate Title: An inquiry into transformational leadership.
- Bennis, Warren and Nanus, Burt.. Leaders: Strategies for Taking Charge. 2nd ed. New York, Harper Business, 1997.
- Bolman, Lee G. and Deal, Terrence E. Leading with Soul: An Uncommon Journey of Spirit Revised. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass Publishers, 1995.
Far ahead of its time when originally published in 1995, the book revealed the path to leadership to be a personal journey requiring knowledge of self and a servant-leader mentality. In this revised edition, Bolman and Deal address such current issues as the changing nature of work, the new face of today's workforce, and the greater need for an infusion of soul in the workplace.
- Bolman, Lee G. and Deal, Terrence E. Reframing Organizations: Artistry, Choice, and Leadership. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass Publishers, 1997.
In this updated edition, the authors explain how the powerful tool of reframing --appraising situations from diverse perspectives--can be used to build high-performing, responsive organizations.
- Burns, James McGregor. Leadership. New York, NY: Harper & Row, c1978.
This Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner is a classic discourse on leadership.
- Ciampa, Dan. Right from the Start: Taking Charge in a New Leadership Role. Boston, MA: Harvard Business School Press, 1999.
- Cohen, Eliot. Supreme Command : Soldiers, Statesmen, and Leadership in Wartime. 2002.
The relationship between military leaders and political leaders has always been a complicated one, especially in times of war. When the chips are down, who should run the show -- the politicians or the generals? In Supreme Command, Eliot Cohen examines four great democratic war statesmen -- Abraham Lincoln, Georges Clemenceau, Winston Churchill, and David Ben-Gurion -- to reveal the surprising answer: the politicians. Great states-men do not turn their wars over to their generals, and then stay out of their way. Great statesmen make better generals of their generals. They question and drive their military men, and at key times they overrule their advice. The generals may think they know how to win, but the statesmen are the ones who see the big picture. [from Amazon.com]
- Coles, Robert (ed). The Erik Erikson Reader. New York, NY: WW Norton, 2000.
Features essays from Psychologist Erik Erikson, of particular interest are the essays in the section on Leadership.
- Fuller, J.F.C. The Conduct of War: 1789-1961: A Study of the Impact of the French, Industrial, and Russian Revolutions on War and Its Conduct. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 1961.
The study of the way in which political and economic changes since the French Revolution have altered both the techniques and the aims of war, this book examines the limited wars that were possible in an age of absolute rulers and the destructive impact of revolutionary government on this state of affairs.
- Gardner, John W. On Leadership. New York, NY: Free Press, 1990.
Vision is critical for today's leaders. That vision must come from the values deeply embedded in human history and our own tradition.
- Gergen, David. Eyewitness to Power: The Essence of Leadership. Simon & Schuster, 2000.
- Goldratt, Eliyahu M. and Cox, Jeff. The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement. Great Barrington, MA: North River Press, 1992.
A look at production management from a systems point of view. The basic premise: Bottlenecks are what ultimately restrict the manufacturing environment or any process that relies upon linear handling of materials.
- Hanson, Victor D. The Soul of Battle: From Ancient Times to the Present Day, How Three Great Liberators Vanquished Tyranny. New York, NY: Free Press, 1999.
What motivated the armies of Patton, Sherman, and Epaminondas to fight to win, and how were they affected by their leaders' shared traits of "grim asceticism, an audacity born of moral certainty, and the courage to lead from the front?"
- Hammer, Michael. The Agenda: What Every Business Must Do to Dominate the Decade. Crown Publishing Group, 2001.
True to his process management origins, Hammer has continued to observe, learn, reject, and refine the original suppositions in his previous works. Anyone studying management or business processes, measurements and metrics, and change management can find a combination of theory and real life application here.
- Harari, Oren. The Leadership Secrets of Colin Powell. McGraw-Hill Trade, 2002.
- Huntington, Samuel P. Soldier and the State; The Theory and Politics of Civil-Military Relations. Cambridge, Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1957.
Huntington's seminal work that challenged the standing ideas on the roles of the military in society. Stressing the value of the military outlook for American national policy, he develops a general theory of civil-military relations and subjects it to rigorous historical analysis. His work is as applicable today as it was when first published.
- Hesselbein, Frances, et al, eds. The Leader of the Future: New Visions, Strategies, and Practices for the Next Era. San Francisco, CA.: Jossey-Bass Publishers, 1996.
Cutting-edge essays from the likes of Peter F. Drucker, Charles Handy, Sally Helgesen, Roasbeth Moss Kanter, Stephen R. Covey, and many other great thinkers that directly address the future quality of business, organizations, and communities-and the leadership required not to just survive, but to thrive. These acclaimed authors, world-renowned consultants, and respected executives present their special perspectives on leadership and offer a compelling glimpse into the future.
- Jacobs, T. O. & Jaques, E. "Military executive leadership" in K. E. Clark and M. B. Clark (Eds.), Measures of Leadership. West Orange, NJ: Leadership Library of America, 1990.
- Keegan, John. The Mask of Command. New York, NY: Viking Press, 1987.
Examining the generalships of Alexander the Great, Wellington, Grant, and Hitler, Keegan demonstrates how their styles of command were shaped by the historical and cultural contexts of their times.
- Kotter, John P. Leading Change. Boston, MA: Harvard Business School Press, 1996.
- Kouzes, James M. and Posner, Barry Z. Leadership Challenge: How to Get Extraordinary Things Done in Organizations. , 1995.
Based on the training program by The Tom Peters Group. It emphasizes the critical role of leadership in the changing needs of all sectors -- business, government, education, and community.
- McMaster, H.R. Dereliction of Duty: Lyndon Johnson, Robert McNamara, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the lies that led to Vietnam. New York, NY: HarperCollins, 1997.
McMaster's book is a carefully detailed and very readable account of the apathy and cowardice with which LBJ, his advisors, and to a lesser extent the Joint Chiefs, approached the conflict in Vietnam. It is instructive to observe the collective refusal of the Joint Chiefs to put intraservice rivalries aside and condemn a strategy, which they knew could only lead to failure.
- Myrer, Anton. Once An Eagle. New York, NY: Harper Collins, 1968. (reprinted 2000, 2001)
Novel which recounts the military careers of Sam Damon, a soldier's soldier, and his nemesis Courtney Massengale, a political animal interested only in personal power.
- Nanus, Burt. Visionary Leadership: Creating a Compelling Sense of Direction for Your Organization. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 1992.
An effective resource for strategic planners, communicators, and leaders at every level. Nanus describes a step-by-step process for developing a vision for corporations and government.
- Paul, Richard and Elder, Linda. Critical Thinking, Tools for Taking Charge of Your Learning and Your Life. Prentice Hall, 2001.
- Piaget, Jean. The Psychology of Intelligence. New York, NY: Harcourt, Brace, 1950.
Hailed as the best psychologist of the twentieth century by Psychology Today, this work by Piaget contains a complete synthesis of his thoughts on the mechanisms of intellectual development. It is an important look at the human learning process and an enlightening read for leaders at all levels.
- Puryear, Edgar F. Jr. American Generalship, Character is Everything: The Art of Command. Novato, CA.: Presidio Press, Inc., 2000.
Professor Puryear consulted more than 1000 service leaders, studied hundreds of biographies, memoirs and texts, and interviewed 100 four-star officers, including each of the postwar Army and Air Force Chiefs of Staff, to determine the essential qualities of military leadership.
- Quinn, Robert E. Deep Change, Discovering the Leader Within. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass Publishers, 1996.
Offers a survival manual for finding our own internal leadership power and learning the most important skill of all to triumph in the face of change. Reveals the remarkable capacity each of us holds to change ourselves, and, ultimately, our organizations. [from Amazon.com description]
- Quinn, Robert E. and Cameron, Kim S. Diagnosing and Changing Organizational Culture. Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley, 1999.
- Rosen, Stephen P. Winning the Next War: Innovation and the Modern Military. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1991.
For professionals interested in national security. Rosen's book recounts how major innovations in the twentieth century changed the way wars were fought. His underlying message is that understanding the process of innovation holds more importance to winning future wars than focusing on any particular change in weapons, organizations, or tactics.
- Sashkin, Marshall and Sashkin, Molly G. Leadership That Matters - the Critical Factor for Making a Difference in People's Lives and Organizations' Success. San Francisco, CA: Berrett-Koehler (BK), 2003.
- Senge, Peter. The Fifth Discipline: The Art & Practice of The Learning Organization. New York, NY: Currency Doubleday, 1990.
- Smith, Perry M.. Rules & Tools for Leaders: A Down-to-Earth Guide to Effective Managing [updated]. Perigee, 2002.
- Stockdale, James B.. A Vietnam Experience: Ten Years of Reflection. Stanford, California: Hoover Institution, Stanford University, 1984.
- Tichy, Noel M. and Cohen, Eli. The Leadership Engine: How Winning Companies Build Leaders at Every Level. New York, NY: HarperCollins Publishers, Inc., 1997.
- Timberg, Robert. The Nightingale's Song. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster, 1995.
The story of five top graduates of Annapolis – Oliver North, Bud McFarlane, John Poindexter, John McCain, and Jim Webb – who served heroically in Vietnam and rose to national prominence during the Reagan years sheds new light on a generation. [from Amazon.com description]
Book Review, by Toner, in Air & Space Power Chronicles
- Useem, Michael. Leading Up: How to Lead Your Boss So You Both Win. Crown Business/Random House, 2001.
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