The RJOS Mentoring and Professional Development Committees are pleased to provide the following book recommendations as additional resources that RJOS members may find helpful in developing the next stages of your career.


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Female Leadership

Give and Take – Adam Grant

Lean In—Sheryl Sandberg

The Credibility Code—Cara Hale

The Charisma Myth—Olivia Fox Cabanas    Click here to read a synopsis by the RJOS Mentoring Committee

Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges—Amy Cuddy (Power Pose)

The Confident Woman—Majorie Hansen Shaevitz



Option B—Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant

Emotional Agility—Susan David

Grit—Angela Duckworth

Small Miracles—Yitta Halberstam



Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Lead—Liz Wiseman

Switch: How to Change When Change is Hard—Chip Heath

The Heart of Mentoring—David Stoddard

Resonant Leadership—Richard Boyatzis and Anne

Essentialism—Greg McKeown

Beyond Talent—John C. Maxwell

Failing Forward—John C. Maxwell

Laws of Leadership—John C. Maxwell

The Difference Maker—John C. Maxwell

Extreme Ownership: How US Navel Seals Lead and Win—Jocko Willink and Leif Babin

Unlocking Potential: 7 Coaching Skills that Transform Individuals—Michael Simpson

Leadership is an Art-- Max DePree

Crucial Conversations—Kerry Patterson

How to Win Friends and Influence People - Dale Carnegie    Click here to read a synposis provided by the RJOS Mentoring Committee


Negotiation Strategy

Pushback: How Smart Women Ask and Stand Up for What they Want—Selena Rezvani

Presentation Strategy

Steal the Show from speeches to Job Interviews to Deal-Closing Pitches--- Michael Port

Talk Like TED—Carmine Gallo

Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs—Carmine Gallo (similar to talk like TED)

How To Deliver a TED Talk--- Jeremy Donovan

Magic of Impromptu Speaking—Andrii Deniev


Business Highlights

Digital Disruption— James McQuivey

The Other Side of Innovation: Solving the Execution Challenge—Vijay Govindarajan and Chris Trimble


Research Recommendations

Originals—Adam Grant

Peak: The New Science of Expertise—Anders Ericcson

Smartcuts—Shane Snow

The Innovation Secrets of Steve Jobs—Carmine Gallo

Everything is Obvious Once You Know the Answer—Duncan Watts

Drive-- Daniel Pink

Deviate--- Beau Lotto

Thinking Fast and Slow—Daniel Kahneman

Influencer: The New Science of Leading Change—Joseph Grenny

Start with the Why—Simon Sinek

The Black Swan: Second Edition: The Impact of the Highly Improbable—Nassim Nicolas Taleb

Seeing What Others Don’t See—Gary Klein

Linked: How Everything is Connected to Everything Else— Albert-Iaszlo Barabasi

Six Degrees: The Science of a Connected Age—Duncan Watts

Connected: The Surprising Power of Social Networks—Nicholas A. Christakis

Impossible to Ignore: Creating Memorable Content to Influence Decisions—Carmen Simon


Fun/Socially Popular Recommendations:

Tipping Point—Malcom Gladwell

Blink—Malcom Gladwell

Outliers- Malcom Gladwell

Good to Great—Jim Collins

When Breath Becomes Air—Paul Kalanithi