three recommended leadership books

Looking to be challenged, inspired or for a different perspective on things? Here are three recommended leadership books. 

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck

After decades of research, world-renowned Stanford University psychologist Carol S. Dweck discovered a simple but groundbreaking idea: the power of mindset.In this brilliant book, she shows how success in school, work, sports, the arts and almost every area of human endeavour can be dramatically influenced by how we think about our talents and abilities. People with a fixed mindset — those who believe that abilities are fixed — are less likely to flourish than those with a growth mindset — those who believe that abilities can be developed.

Mindset reveals how great parents, teachers, managers, and athletes can put this idea to use to foster outstanding accomplishment. She also introduces a phenomenon she calls false growth mindset and guides people toward adopting a deeper, truer growth mindset. Dweck also expands the mindset concept beyond the individual, applying it to the cultures of groups and organisations. With the right mindset, you can motivate those you lead, teach, and love — to transform their lives and your own.

Switch: How to Change Things, When Change is Hard by Chip Heath and Dan Heath

We all know that change is hard. It's unsettling, it's time-consuming, and all too often we give up at the first sign of a setback. But why do we insist on seeing the obstacles rather than the goal? 

This is the question that bestselling authors Chip and Dan Heath tackle in their compelling and insightful book. They argue that we need only understand how our minds function in order to unlock shortcuts to switches in behaviour. Illustrating their ideas with scientific studies and remarkable real-life turnarounds, from the secrets of successful marriage counselling to the pile of gloves that transformed one company's finances, the brothers Heath prove that deceptively simple methods can yield truly extraordinary results.

Your brain at work: Strategies for Overcoming Distraction, Regaining Focus, and Working Smarter All Day Long by David Rock

Meet Emily and Paul: The parents of two young children, Emily is the newly promoted VP of marketing at a large corporation while Paul works from home or from clients′ offices as an independent IT consultant. Their lives, like all of ours, are filled with a bewildering blizzard of emails, phone calls, yet more emails, meetings, projects, proposals, and plans. Just staying ahead of the storm has become a seemingly insurmountable task. 

In this book, we travel inside Emily and Paul′s brains as they attempt to sort the vast quantities of information they′re presented with, figure out how to prioritise it, organise it and act on it. Fortunately for Emily and Paul, they′re in good hands: David Rock knows how the brain works - and more specifically, how it works in a work setting. Rock shows how it′s possible for Emily and Paul, and thus the reader, not only to survive in today′s overwhelming work environment but succeed in it - and still feel energized and accomplished at the end of the day.

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