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Key Practice Area - Leadership Development - Recommended Reading for Career Development
Key Practice Area: Leadership Development

Recommended Reading for Career Development

April 2011

Looking for resources to help you grow in your career? Find out what books Alex Pollock, former Director of EHS for Dow Chemical Co. recommends.


Alex Pollock, management consultant and former Director of EHS with the Dow Chemical Co., shares his picks on books for personal development and leadership.

Reading List

Recommended Reading for Career Development

By Alex Pollock

Personal Development

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
By Stephen Covey

Emotional Intelligence 2.0
By Travis Bradberry

Strengths Finder 2.0
By Tom Rath

What Got You Here Won’t Get You There
By Marshall Goldsmith

Mojo: How to Get It, How to Keep It, How to Get It Back if You Lose It
By Marshall Goldsmith

The Way We’re Working Isn’t Working
By Tony Schwartz

Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us
By Daniel Pink

Wellbeing: The Five Essential Elements
By Tom Rath and James K.Harter

Follow This Path: How the World’s Greatest Organizations Drive Growth by Unleashing Human Potential
By Curt Hoffman and Gabriel Gonzalez-Molina

Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High
By Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan and Al Switzler

Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More than IQ
By Daniel Goleman


Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies
By Jim Collins and Jerry I. Porras

Bringing Out the Best in People
By Aubrey Daniels

The First 90 Days: Critical Success Stories for New Leaders at All Levels
By Michael Watkins

The Leader of the Future: New Visions, Strategies and Practices for the Next Era
By Frances Hesselbein, Marshall Goldsmith and Richard Beckhard

Bad Leadership: What it Is, How it Happens, Why it Matters
By Barbara Kellerman

DeRailed: Five Lessons Learned From Catastrophic Failures of Leadership
By Tim Irwin and Patrick Lencioni

12 Elements of Great Managing
By Rodd Wagner and James Harter

Leading Leaders: How to Manage Smart, Talented, Rich and Powerful People
By Jeswald Sabacuse

Flight of the Buffalo
By James Belasco and Ralph Stayer

Open Leadership: How Social Technology Can Transform the Way You Lead
By Charlene Li

The Power of Servant Leadership
By Robert Greenleaf, Larry C. Spears and Peter B Vaill

Leading at a Higher Level
By Ken Blanchard

Courageous Leadership
By Bill Hybels

The War for Talent
By Ed Michaels, Helen Handfield-Jones and Beth Axelrod

Stop Whining and Start Winning: Recharging People, Re-igniting Passion and Pumping Up Profits
By Frank Pacetta and Roger Gittines

Geeks and Geezers: How Era, Values and Defining Moments Shape Leaders
By Warren Bennis and Robert J. Thomas

About the Author
Alex Pollock is a management consultant with Equipping You, LLC. Before that, he worked for more than 32 years with The Dow Chemical Co., providing strategic EHS, sustainability, change management, public affairs and community relations expertise.

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