Leadership Development Resources

The following includes an extensive list of resources to help you define your leadership competencies, strengths and skills needed to grow as a professional. 


Association Leadership

  • Blanken RL, Liff A. Facing the Future: A Report on the Major Trends and Issues Affecting Associations. Washington, DC: ASAE; 1999.
  • Levin M. Retention Wars: The New Rules of Engagement. Columbia, MD: B.A.I., Inc.; 2005.
  • Levin M. The Gift of Leadership. Columbia, MD: B.A.I., Inc.; 1997.


  • D'Amour C. Go Team Go!: Strategies for Leading Today's Teams to Victory. Ann Arbor, MI: Jump Start Books; 2005
  • Goldsmith M, Lyons L, Freas A, Witherspoon R. Coaching for Leadership: How the World's Greatest Coaches Help Leaders Learn. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass/Pfeiffer; 2000.

Change and Leadership

  • Freidman, T. The World is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty First Century. New York, Farra, Straus, and Giroux; 2005.
  • Gladwell M. Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference. Little Brown and Company; 2000.
  • Kotter J. Leading Change. Boston, MA: Harvard Business School Press; 1996.
  • Senge P. The Dance of Change: The Challenges to Sustaining Momentum in Learning Organizations. New York, NY: Doubleday Publishing; 1999.
  • Senge P. The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of the Learning Organization. New York, NY: Doubleday Publishing; 1990.

Effective Communications

Whether looking to enhance day-to-day communications or determining how to tackle difficult, crucial conversations, these resources serve as a guide to navigate the most difficult topics.

  • Scott, S. Fierce Conversations. New York, NY: Berkley Publishing Group; 2002.

Multigenerational Leadership

  • D'Amour C. How to Turn Generation Me Into Active Members of Your Association. Ann Arbor, MI: Jump Start Books; 1999.

Self as Leader

  • Goleman D. Emotional Intelligence. New York, NY: Bantom Books; 1995.
  • George BW, Sims P. True North: Discover Your Authentic Leadership. 2007.

Strength-Based Change

Utilize expert resources to help identify and illuminate the strengths and abilities that both you and your colleagues possess, and how to leverage them to contribute to the success of a change effort.

  • Buckingham M, Clifton D. Now Discover Your Strengths. New York, NY: The Free Press; 2001.
  • Bushe G. Clear Leadership: How Outstanding Leaders Make Themselves Understood, Cut through Organizational Mush and Help Everyone Get Real at Work. Palo Alto, CA: Davies Black Publishing; 2001.
  • Hammond, S. The Thin Book of Appreciative Inquiry. Plano, TX: Thin Book.
  • Whitney D, et al. Appreciative Team Building: Positive Questions to Bring the Best of Your Team. Lincoln, NE: iUniverse, Inc.; 2004.

General Leadership Books

  • Bennis, WG. On Becoming a Leader. Reading, MA: Perseus; 1994.
  • Cashman K. Leadership From the Inside Out: Seven Pathways to Mastery. Provo, UT: Executive Excellence; 1998.
  • Collins J. Good to Great and the Social Sectors: A Monograph to Accompany Good to Great. New York, NY: HarperBusiness; 2005.
  • Collins J. Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap … and Others Don't. New York, NY: HarperBusiness; 2001.
  • Covey S. The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness. Free Press; 2004.
  • DePree M. Leadership is An Art. East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University Press; 1987.
  • Goleman D. Emotional Intelligence. New York, NY: Bantom Books; 1995.
  • Gratton L. Living Strategy. Great Britain: Prentice Hall; 2000.
  • Hunt M. Dream Makers: Putting Vision and Values to Work. Palo Alto, CA: Executive Excellence; 1998.
  • Kouzes J, Pozner. The Leadership Challenge. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass Publishers; 1995.
  • Maxwell, John C. The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers; 1999.
  • McCauley CD, Van Velsor E. The Center for Creative Leadership Handbook of Leadership Development. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass Publishers; 1998.
  • O'Toole J. Leadership A to Z. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass Publishing; 1999.
  • Sanborn M. You Don't Need a Title to Be a Leader. New York, NY: Random House, Inc.; 2006.
  • Peters T. Reinventing Work, the Project. New York, NY: Alfred A. Knopf Inc.; 1999.
  • Watkins M. The First 90 Days. Boston, MA: Harvard Business School Press; 2003. 



  • Cook I. Executive coaching on the rise. The Center for Association Leadership. Center Collection. 2002
  • Parks S. The fractured ant hill. A new architecture for sustaining the future. J Am Diet Assoc. 2002;102:33-38.
  • Thomas G. Where have all the leaders gone? WeLead Online Magazine, www.leadingtoday.org.
  • Anonymous author. Mentoring for success. Center for Association Leadership. 1999.