What Are Your Top Books On Leadership And Why?

Source: Life Science Leader

A: Here are my nine “go to” resources.

Peter Drucker

  • Management Challenges for the 21st Century
  • The Effective Executive
  • Managing in Turbulent Times

Nicholas Webb

  • Breakers: Leading by Destruction in the Innovation Economy

John P. Kotter

  • Leading Change

Daryl R. Conner

  • Managing at the Speed of Change

David Cottrell

  • Monday Morning Leadership: 8 Mentoring Sessions You Can't Afford to Miss

Michael Watkins

  • The First 90 Days: Proven Strategies for Getting Up to Speed Faster and Smarter

Marshall Goldsmith

  • What Got You Here Won't Get You There

All have a couple of common themes, beginning with change. What I like about all of these resources is they all go beyond analysis and encouragement to actual application. While visionary guides can be inspirational, toolkits are much more practical in equipping executives to lead (not manage) change.

Mitchell has 30 years of experience in the pharma and biotech industries, including preclinical research, pharma operations, and regulatory affairs. He is the head of medical research and drug safety operations at Purdue Pharma L.P.