This morning I came across an Articles by Marcel Schwantes, founder and CEO of Leadership from the Core, on CNBC.  Marcel points out 11 books he considers the best of the decade in leaders, success, and professional growth.  As a lawyer representing primarily entrepreneurs and small business owners, I have the pleasure of working with people that strive to be leaders in their companies and in their industry markets.  The way clients lead their companies is evolving and becoming more empowering and enlightened.  The digital renaissance with rapid innovation in technology promises to transform business in many ways.  Employees and customers expect more.  Today, I break from legal issues and highlight powerful ideas in 6 of the 11 books.  I encourage you to check out Marcel’s articles for the full list.  The 6 books and concepts are:

1. ‘Humble Inquiry: The Gentle Art of Asking Instead of Telling’ by Edgar H. Schein.  Author points out the value in asking questions and learning what you do not know.  Leaders can build powerful relationships with people through genuine curiosity and interest in the ideas of your employees, clients, and others.  Ask, and you shall receive.

2. ‘Nine Lies About Work: A Freethinking Leader’s Guide to the Real World’ by Marcus Buckingham and Ashley Goodall.   If you take one idea from this book to transform your leadership ability, understand that your employees and clients do not want constant feedback, but they respond powerfully to helpful attention.  Leaders empower people with helpful attention.

3. ‘Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose’ by Tony Hsieh.  Creating an unconventional business culture that focus on happiness of others and quality of life leads to a more satisfied life.  This leads to abundance.  This all begins with finding your own, unselfish happiness that allows you to empower those around you with the same.  Find your positive passion and empower others to find and discover theirs within your organization.

4. ‘Applied Empathy: The New Language of Leadership’ by Michael Ventura.  This book teaches the power of empathy and applying empathy is powerful leadership.  The more we can understand what drives others, the more we can guide them along their path.  Consider what matters to your employees and clients and empower them to find their unique way.  This is empowering leadership.

5. ‘Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard’ by Chip Heath and Dan Heath.  This book offers insight into effective pivoting as a small business and entrepreneur.  The ability to adjust to actual business conditions can make the difference in your success.  Understanding change is of great importance as your business emerges in all phases.

6. ‘The Art of Being Unreasonable: Lessons in Unconventional Thinking’ by Eli Broad.  This book points out how reasonable can stifle innovation and get us stuck.  Be willing to think about why something new can be done and come up with innovative solutions or improvements.  Such innovation leads to success.  This powerful idea leads innovation.  Remember, innovative ideas are often initially considered unreasonable. 

Marcel’s full article and list of 11 books can be found here:

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