Recommended Reading for the Summer

Whether this recent heat wave means lying on a beach or curling under an air conditioner with a good book, it’s a great opportunity to boost your leadership learning. Check out Minerva BC’s staff picks for the summer.


Vancouver Public Library’s 2018 International Women’s Day Reading List 

The Vancouver Public Library offers its annual reading list of books that celebrate the lives of women.

The Ten Golden Rules of Leadership: Classical Wisdom for Modern Leaders

The Ten Golden Rules of Leadership explores ideas from Aristotle, Heraclitus, Sophocles, Hesiod, and other great thinkers, and then shows you how to take each idea – along with what you’ve learned about yourself – and apply it to the challenges of the modern workplace.

The Female Brain

Pioneering neuropsychiatrist Louann Brizendine, M.D., brings together the latest findings to show how the unique structure of the female brain determines how women think, what they value, and how they communicate.

Online Articles

Aspire to Be Great: Most Inspiring Leadership Quotes of All Time

A collection leadership quotes from well-known and other less well-known leaders, with additional context to make each quote actionable.

The Only True Leadership Is Values-Based Leadership

The article’s author, Harry Kraemer, notes that “your leadership must be rooted in who you are and what matters most to you”. Read and reflect on the following questions: 

  • What does being a leader mean to you?
  • What does values-based leadership mean to you? Do you find yourself using your values as a guide to support your decisions?
  • What are qualities that you appreciate in a leader?

Gender and Work: Challenging Conventional Wisdom

A personal favourite of Minerva BC’s Women Leading the Way™ facilitator, Sarah Greenwood, this Harvard Business School research paper notes that women typically have a more participative and transformational leadership style with a view to producing outcomes that are more compassionate and benevolent, thus promoting the public good. The author also questions whether concern for public good is always the most desirable route. Read and reflect on the following questions: 

  • Do you view your leadership style as transformational or transactional?

  • What differences, if any, have you experienced with either male or female leaders?


Have you been inspired to develop your leadership skills by a particular book or author? Please leave us a note with your own recommendations.

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