Top leadership books then and now

SLP was conceived in the late 1990s, received funding in 1999 and formally began in 2000. The following shows a selection of top business and management books published around that time and current business best sellers culled from The New York Times monthly lists for March and April 2020.


“Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High” by Kerry Patterson, et al. (2002)

“First, Break All the Rules: What the World's Greatest Managers Do Differently” by Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman (1999)

“Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity” by David Allen (2001)

“Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap... and Others Don't” by Jim Collins (2001)

“Hidden Value: How Great Companies Achieve Extraordinary Results with Ordinary People” by Charles A. O'Reilly III and Jeffrey Pfeffer (2000)

“The Essential Drucker: The Best of Sixty Years of Peter Drucker's Essential Writings on Management” by Peter F. Drucker (2001)

“The Six Sigma Way: How GE, Motorola and other Top Companies are Honing Their Performance” by Peter S. Pande, et al. (2000)

“The Social Life of Information” by John Seely Brown and Paul Duguid (2000)

“Who Moved My Cheese?” by Spencer Johnson (1998)


“Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones” by James Clear (2018)

“Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts.” by Brené Brown (2018)

“Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win” by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin (2017)

“Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance” by Angela Duckworth (2016)

“Leadership Strategy and Tactics: Field Manual” by Jocko Willink (2020)

“Outliers: The Story of Success” by Malcolm Gladwell (2008)

“Principles: Life and Work” by Ray Dalio (2017)

“The Infinite Game” by Simon Sinek (2019)

“The Ride of a Lifetime: Lessons Learned from 15 Years as CEO of the Walt Disney Company” by Robert Iger (2019)

“Thinking, Fast and Slow” by Daniel Kahneman (2011)

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