Everyone knows, leaders are readers and learners are earners. Out of the thousands of books being published every month, how do you decide which ones to read? At Networking University we ask our faculty for their recommendations and present them in this column. Here are some resources that will help you grow as a leader, build your success, and keep you entertained in the process.

And while we're being taught, why not also be moved and entertained? Do you have a must-see or must-hear recommendation? Simply email dormouse@networkingtimes.com.

Think and Grow Rich for Women
Using Your Power to Create Success and Significance

By Sharon Lechter (2014)
Authorized by the Napoleon Hill Foundation

In Think and Grow Rich for Women Sharon shares thirteen lessons for women as gleaned from these success stories, addressing issues women face with real-life advice on how to overcome obstacles and seize opportunities—from family issues, to job advancement, to business ownership.
Here are some of the steps that create consistent results:

  • Burning desire as the starting point of all achievement.
  • Faith or belief in attainment of desire.
  • Auto-suggestion as the medium for influencing the subconscious mind.
  • Specialized knowledge rooted in personal experience or observation.
  • Imagination as a way to activate the Law of Attraction.
  • Organized planning to turn desire into action.
  • Decisiveness and mastery over procrastination.
  • Persistence as the sustained effort necessary to induce faith.
  • Mastermind with like-minded people as your driving force.
  • The sixth sense as the door to the temple of wisdom.

Are you leveraging your burning desire, subconscious mind, and sixth sense to get the results you want? Think and Grow Rich for Women will lead you to find the answers and tools you can use today to fully realize a life of success and significance.

Lead in Six Moments that Matter
By Henry Evans and Colm Foster (2014) 

We’ve all been in a situation that called for leadership, but nobody stepped up to the plate, and nobody felt they had permission to lead without a title to give them the authority to do so. These situations are opportunities which anyone can recognize and act upon to demonstrate leadership. Business coaches and martial artists Henry Evans and Colm Foster reveal how to identify and act upon six (sometimes surprising) moments that call us to lead:

  1. Get angry, not stupid. There is a right way to be angry for the right purpose.
  2. Avoid terminal politeness. Have those conversations everyone else is avoiding.
  3. Decide already! The best time to make a decision is when nobody else does.
  4. Act when you are the problem. Take ownership of problems and admit the problem may be you.
  5. Leverage pessimism. Pessimists and your own pessimism should be appreciated and put to good use.
  6. Reverse momentum. Recognize unproductive interactions and move toward a solution.

For each of these moments the authors provide research evidence, lively examples, and specific, practical advice for how to seize them as opportunities for leadership. Evans and Foster passionately believe leadership is an activity in which to engage rather than a position into which you are promoted. Instead of waiting until you reach a leadership position, you can be a leader every day with Evans’ and Foster’s empowering advice. You’ll increase your skill at recognizing leadership opportunities, predicting when they will present themselves, and exercising leadership whenever it is called for. When you do, everyone will perceive you as a leader, and that leadership position may just come your way.

The Obstacle Is the Way
The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph
By Ryan Holiday (2014)

This book starts with an ancient quote by a Roman emperor:

“The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way.”—Marcus Aurelius

Many of us are stuck, stymied, and frustrated—but it needn’t be this way, says Ryan Holiday, bestselling author of Trust Me I’m Lying and columnist at the New York Observer. There is a formula for success that’s been followed by the icons of history—from John D. Rockefeller to Amelia Earhart to Ulysses S. Grant to Steve Jobs—a formula that let them turn obstacles into opportunities. Faced with impossible situations, they found the astounding triumphs we all seek.

These men and women were not exceptionally brilliant, lucky, or gifted. Their success came from ancient Stoic principles laid down by a Roman emperor who struggled to articulate a method for excellence in any and all situations. The Obstacle Is the Way reveals that formula and shows us how we can turn our own adversity into advantage.

Own Your Future
How to Think Like an Entrepreneur and Thrive in an Unpredictable Economy
By Paul B. Brown (2014)

It used to be that if you studied and worked hard, you could be assured of a successful, satisfying career. But in a world of constant layoffs and dying industries, it has become increasingly difficult to “plan” your way to success based on the old economy. So what is the solution? When it comes to dealing with uncertainty, nobody handles it better than successful entrepreneurs. That’s why you want to take the same approach they do!

Founded on extensive research and interviews, Own Your Future shows how to apply the simple model they use—act, learn, build, repeat—to reinvent the way you maneuver in an unpredictable economy. Here’s how it works. Instead of picturing your perfect career and working backwards, simply begin with the direction you want to go and take a small step, such as starting a part-time business. Then evaluate the lessons you learn from that first step, build on them, and take another step in your desired direction. Repeat this process until you achieve your goal. When you consider that your job—perhaps even your industry—may disappear, you have no choice but to take control.

Filled with stories of professionals of all kinds who have profited from this proactive approach, Own Your Future gives you the tools you need to succeed—no matter what comes your way.

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