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Following the recent workshop I facilitated for WIBF and Citi entitled “Are Leaders Born or Made? “several of the participants requested resources to sustain and further develop their learning.

Below I’ve provided a list of books, videos and audio to assist your explorations, practice and reflections. Whilst I’ve grouped them broadly into different categories the material covered overlaps the categories.

We focused on the importance of being self aware. As a guide we used the Observer-Action-Results (OAR) model developed by Julio Olalla at Newfield Network and further enhanced by Bob Dunham at The Institute of Generative Leadership.

Who we are as Observers is determined by what we have learned in our various social groups such as our families, schools, gender, workplace and ethnicity.

Who we are as Observers is influenced by the language we use and how we think, how we hold and move our bodies, our emotions and moods, what we practice and our historical stories.

To explore more about language and mindset, for example, our self-chatter (gremlins) and whether we can make requests, offers, promises, declarations and assessments take a look at:

Mindset: How You Can Fulfill Your Potential,  Carol S. Dweck
Language and the Pursuit of Happiness: A New Foundation for Designing Your Life, Your Relationships & Your Results,  Chalmers Brothers
Words That Change Minds: Mastering The Language of Influence,  Shelley Rose Charvet
Be Know Do Leadership the Army Way, F. Hesselbein & E. Shinseki
The Power of Story: Change Your Story, Change Your Destiny in Business and in Life, Jim Loehr
My Stroke of Insight Jill Bolte Taylor TED Talk

If you would like to learn more about how our bodies shape our leadership see:

The Leadership Dojo, Richard Strozzi Heckler
Leadership Embodiment: How the Way We Sit and Stand can Change the Way We Think and Speak,
Wendy Palmer & Janet Crawford
Retooling on the Run, Stuart Hellar & David Sheppard Surrenda
Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are Amy Cuddy TED Talk

If you are curious about emotions and moods check out:

The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything, Ken Robinson
Molecules of Emotion: Why You Feel the Way You Feel, Candace B. Pert
Emotional Intelligence: Why it Can Matter More Than IQ, Daniel Goleman
Emotion, Julio Ollala (audio)

To discover the importance of practice and small steps read:

Outliers: The Story of Success, Malcolm Gladwell
Matthew Syed

One Small Step Can Change Your Life, Robert Maurer
Mastery: The Keys to Success and Long-term Fulfillment, George Leonard

For a greater appreciation of the need for inner-work and self-awareness read:

Pioneering the Possible: Awakened Leadership for a World That Works, Scilla Elworthy


If you would like to discuss which of these resources might best suit you or if you are interested in challenging your assumptions about your ability to be a Leader call me at +44 (0) 7952 068133 or send me a note