What are the best books for transformational leaders?

We asked Insigniam consultants which business book they recommend that transformational leaders read this year. Check out their selections below and let us know what you’re looking forward to reading in 2014.


To Sell is Human by Daniel Pink

“Everyone who wants to lead in business needs to understand the importance of moving and inspiring others. The research for his assertions is extensive and related to the modern world of business—how we work and what is important. This book addresses how to inspire people to perform, i.e., find their WIIFM or their WHY.”

Ashley Tappan, Consultant – Pennsylvania







 Multipliers by Liz Wiseman

“It takes a very interesting look at leaders who multiply the talent around them vs. those who diminish the talent around them and provides practical steps to be more of a multiplier more of the time!”

Katerin Le Folcalvez, Partner – France







 Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek

“This is a very compelling book with the premise that leaders and followers who make up organizations are a reflection of underlying biology.  Our brains have adapted to living in a dangerous world in response to external stimuli.  Fifty thousand years ago, the stimulus was the sabre tooth tiger; today, the stimulus is the business environments in which we work. Business leaders create those environments.”

Ira Katz, Consultant – New Jersey






Quiet by Susan Cain

“It helped me appreciate, understand, and be able to better include people with introverted energies on teams, and realize that there are many unconscious biases against introverted energy.  And it helps me understand my nephew better.”

Christine Flouton, Partner – New York







Switch by Chip and Dan Heath


Switch pulls together decades of research in psychology, sociology, and other fields to demonstrate how to cause transformative change in yourself and in the world. It gets to the core of what causes humans to resist change by explaining the battle our brains wage between logic and emotion and how to break out of that.”

Elisabeth Anne Gegner, Consultant – California






Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg


“This is a very interesting perspective on the dynamics of women in business, and what propels them forward and what holds them back. This is steeped in tradition, culture, upbringing, societal taboos, customs, and unspoken rules. Appropriate for men as well as women, it provides insight into enhancing our own contribution at work, especially in leadership roles and top executive interactions.”

Susan Markham, Consultant – Pennsylvania




 Leaders in Transition by George Binney, Colin Williams, and Gerhard Wilke

“I like the theme because of its relevance to some of the work we do. I was part of the two-year experiment that led to the findings and the book. It is a subject I have always had a lot of interest in.”

Laurence Tanty, Consultant – United Kingdom

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