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 Warren Bennis On Becoming a Leader, Perseus Publishing, 2003

Updated version of this classic text by one of the world's leaders in leadership. Timeless insights into what makes a great leader.

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 Warren Bennis and Joan Goldsmith, Learning to Lead, Perseus Publishing, 2003

Practical things you can actually do, rather than the broader generalizations that most leadership books cover. Very useful for the aspiring leader too.

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 Jim Collins, Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap... and Others Don't, HarperBusiness, 2001

Collins started looking for companies that went from average to consistently high performance and found a new type of leader (the Level 5 leader). In this excellent book he lays out what these very successful people do.

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Conger, J. A., and R. N. Kanungo (Eds), Charismatic Leadership in Organizations. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 1998

A definitive book on charisma in leadership, though being academic in content it is best suitable for those who appreciate such detail.

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Daniel Goleman, Richard Boyatzis and Annie McKee, Primal Leadership, HBS Press, 2004

A well-researched book on leadership from the Emotional Intelligence angle by Mr. EI himself and his famous friends. Very relevant for today's leaders. (Published as 'The New Leaders' in the UK)

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Hersey, P. and Blanchard, K. H, Leadership and the One Minute Manager, William Morrow, 1999

A simple on Situational Leadership from Hersey and Blanchard. Slim, chatty and apparently simplistic. Yet hugely influential with both managers and academics.

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Kouzes and Posner, The Leadership Challenge, Jossey Bass, 2002

The results of a long study of leadership involving more than a million people who were asked to 'describe the best leader you had'. See also the review of this book.

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Se?/font>n Ruth,  Leadership and Liberation, Routledge, 2006 

  A refreshingly original viewpoint on leadership from Organizational Psychologist Se? Ruth. This is not a lightweight rehash -- it is written from an academic frame, though still retains readability for the serious practitioner. See the review.

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Peter Northouse, Leadership: Theory and Practice (3rd edition), Sage, 2003

Solid and clear academic textbook (rather than practitioner manual) covering all the leadership theory you may need on a university course.

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Gary Yukl, Leadership in Organizations (6th Edition), Prentice Hall, 2005

An excellent academic text on leadership, covering all of the main styles and more. Great for students.

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