Learning resources to get you started
Take the lead
As you begin your leadership journey, here are some resources to get you started with self-study. During your leadership coaching and training you will get access to a variety of resources and also learn how to create your own personal leadership academy. Your coach will guide you in applying what you learn, which is what counts.
The shelves in bookshops are full of books about leadership yet you have no time to read them all.
The white papers published by the Center for Creative Leadership are a great resource to familiarize with recent thinking how leadership is exercised and developed. Check them out at www.ccl.org.
The Leadership Learning Community publishes helpful insights about collective leadership and more at www.leadershiplearning.org.
Explore these assessments to get to know yourself better.
Buckingham, M., & Clifton, D. (2001). Now, discover your strengths. New York: Free Press. We highly recommend that you take the online StrengthsFinder test. If you buy the book, the cost of the test is included.
Fleming, N. (2007). VARK: a guide to learning styles. Take the free online assessment to find your preferred learning style or combination of styles.
Keirsey, D. (1998). Please understand me II: temperament, character, intelligence. Del Mar: Prometheus Nemesis Book Company. Take the free Keirsey Temperament Sorter to explore your personality type. For more extensive details, take the free personality test for 16 personalities, which provides a similar outcome as the Meyers-Briggs Type Indicator and Keirsey Temperament Sorter.
Integral Theory offers an all-inclusive framework for the 21st century to help you expand your situational awareness perspectives as a leader. Read the overview by Sean Esbjorn-Hargens.
Integrity has power
Integrity is where leadership begins, according to the research by Harvard Business School Emeritus Professor Michael C. Jensen and his colleagues. Read the abstract of their important paper that defines integrity as honoring your word and stresses the importance of being in leadership.