The Leader's Bookshelf

The Leader's Bookshelf Review

For the last several years Adm. James Stavridis and his co-author, R. Manning Ancell, have surveyed over two hundred active and retired four-star military officers about their reading habits and favorite books, asking each for a list of titles that strongly influenced their leadership skills and provided them with special insights that helped propel them to success in spite of the many demanding challenges they faced. The Leader's Bookshelf synthesizes their responses to identify the top fifty books that can help virtually anyone become a better leader.Each of the works--novels, memoirs, biographies, autobiographies, management publications--are summarized and the key leadership lessons extracted and presented. Whether individuals work their way through the entire list and read each book cover to cover, or read the summaries provided to determine which appeal to them most, The Leader's Bookshelf will provide a roadmap to better leadership.

Highlighting the value of reading in both a philosophical and a practical sense, The Leader's Bookshelf provides sound advice on how to build an extensive library, lists other books worth reading to improve leadership skills, and analyzes how leaders use what they read to achieve their goals. An efficient way to sample some of literature's greatest works and to determine which ones can help individuals climb the ladder of success, The Leader's Bookshelf is for anyone who wants to improve his or her ability to lead--whether in family life, professional endeavors, or within society and civic organizations.

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  • Maria

    Stavridis and Ancell interviewed hundreds of military leaders to ask them what was on their bookshelves. And what lessons about leadership they had learned from their favorite books.Why I started this...

  • Chad Manske

    One of the best books I’ve read this year! Stavridis and Ancell show us not only a great list of books for professional to read, but includes a template for 50 of them including the officer who reco...

  • Ellie Dottie

    I really enjoyed this book in many ways. It was really well written and had some very interesting and valuable ideas. As an avid reader, I especially like the parts of the book that really emphasized ...

  • John DeRosa

    Frankly, only a few books caught my eye. Ike, Marshall, ShaaraWondering what this collection of books, culled from interviews with past senior military leaders, speaks about military leadership. After...

  • Allie Weiskopf

    An absolute must for an military leader who loves to read or wants to be inspired to read more. Admiral Stavridis interviews over 200 admirals/generals to develop a list of the 50 most essential leade...

  • Andrew H

    In an effort to begin my journey reading, writing, thinking, and publishing, some insight on this book from a young military officer.This book is foundational and relevant to service members, young le...

  • Jay Phipps

    Easy and enjoyable read as a collection of short synopses of recommended books by senior U.S. military leaders. Nice insight to the books and why the U.S. officers recommended them. Highly recommended...

  • Jeff

    A book about great books and reading topics for lovers of all things books. The ultimate reading list for those accustomed to encountering military reading lists, from our nation's elite warrior-think...

  • Don (The Book Guy)

    "The Reader's Bookshelf" by retired Admiral James Stavridis was an interesting read. First of all I am a sucker for books about what books you should or might read, so this was one right up my alley. ...

  • Wesley Roth

    "The Leader's Bookshelf" is a fantastic book for people like me. Adm. Stavridis and Lt Cdr Ancell have collected a goldmine of knowledge and book recommendations, condensed into a 266 page book that c...