An important goal of the USA Section is the cultivation and support of leadership activities.

As a member of the International College of Dentists you are recognized by your peers as a leader in your profession. Leadership skills vary greatly among individuals. The acquisition and improvement of leadership skills is a never-ending process. A high-quality list of exceptional leadership books is an invaluable resource for anyone seeking to improve their leadership skills. The following bibliography has been prepared by the ICD USA Section to cultivate and support your leadership skills for the benefit of the ICD and the profession of dentistry.


* Arrien, Angeles. The Four Fold Way, Harper, 1993  
Bennis, Warren. On Becoming a Leader, Addison-Wesley, 1989 
***  Block, Peter. Stewardship, Barrett-Koehler, 1993  
  Bradshaw, John. Bradshaw On: The Family. Health Communications, 1988  
  Bradshaw, John. Healing the Shame That Binds, Health Communications 
**  Bridges, William. Transitions, Addison-Wesley Publishing 
 * Bridges, William. Managing Transitions, Addison-Wesley Publishing  
**  Brown, Brene. Daring Greatly, Gotham Books, 2012
***  Collins, Jim. Good To Great, Harper Collins Publisher 2001  
  Cousins, Norman. Anatomy of an Illness & Human Options, Bantam Books  
***  Covey, Stephen. The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. Simon & Schuster  
**  DePree, Max. Leadership is an Art, Dell Publishing Co.  
***  DePree, Max. Leadership Jazz, Dell Publishing Co., 1989 
***  Drucker, Collins, Kouzes, et al, The Five Most Important Questions, Jossey-Bass, 2008  
**  Frankl, Viktor. Man’s Search for Meaning, Pocketbooks, 1963  
Gibran, Kahlil. The Prophet, Knopf Publishing Co., 1923  
  Hamel, Gary. Leading The Revolution, Harvard School Press, hardback – 2000  
***  Godin, Seth, Purple Cow, Portfolio Press, 2003  
** Godin, Seth, Linchpin – Are You Indispensible? Portfolio/Penguin -2011  
** Goleman, Daniel. Working with Emotional Intelligence, Bantam Books 2000  
Goleman, Daniel. Primal Leadership, Harvard Business School Press, 2002
Goleman, Daniel. Social Intelligence Bantam 2006  
James, Jennifer. Visions From the Heart, Newmarket Press, 1991
  Jampolsky, Gerald. Love is Letting Go of Fear, Celestial Arts  
Kay, John, Obliquity, Why goals are best achieved indirectly, Penguin 2010
Kouzes and Posner. The Leadership Challenge, Wiley, 2012 – 5th Edition  
Marquet, L. David., Turn the Ship Around! Portfolio/Penguin, 2012  
McEwen, William J. Married To The Brand, Gallup Press 2005  
  Muller, Wayne Sabbath Bantam 1999  
Nevins, Paul R., Balanced Scorecard, 2nd Edition, 2006, Wiley  
Peck, M. Scott. The Road Less Traveled, Simon and Schuster, 1978  
* Pfeiffer, J. William. Shaping Strategic Planning, University Associates  
Pirsig, Robert. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Bantam Books  
Powell, John. Why Am I Afraid to Tell You Who I Am? Argus Communications  
  Prather, Hugh. Notes to Myself, Bantam Books 
Rackham, Neil. S.P.I.N. Selling Fieldbook, McGraw Hill, 1996  
  Rogers, Carl. On Becoming a Person, Houghton Mifflin, (Chapters 3-6-8-17-19)  
Sanders, Betsy Fabled Service, Pfeiffer and Company, 1995  
Senge, Peter. The Fifth Discipline, Doubleday, 1990  
  Siegel, Bernie S. Love Medicine and Miracles, Harper & Row  
Simon, Sidney. Meeting Yourself Halfway, Argus Communications, 1974  
Sinek, Simon, Start with WHY, How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action, 2009  
Sinek, Simon, The Infinite Game, Penguin 2018 
Stanley, Thomas J, The Millionaire Mind, Andrews Mc Neal 2000 
Treacy & Wiersema. The Discipline of Market Leaders, Addison-Wesley Publishing, 1995  
Zak, Paul J. Trust Factor, The Science of Creating High Performance Co’s, AMACOM, 2017  
Zander, Benjamin & Rosamund. The Art of Possibility, Harvard Business School Press, 2000  

The books with the most ****are the most valuable for strategic planning. Many are also leadership books. The books highlighted in yellow are most important to leadership.

The preceding list courtesy of ICD Fellow Dr. Robert Frazer, a nationally recognized leadership & strategic planner.

Other Important Leadership Books:
  • Carver, John. On Board Leadership
  • Carver, John. Boards That Make a Difference
  • Conger, Jay. Charismatic Leadership in Organizations
  • Covey, Stephen R. The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness, Free Press, 2004
  • Eadie, Doug. Extraordinary Board Leadership
  • Galford, Robert. The Trusted Leader
  • George, Bill. Discover Your True North
  • Lencioni, Patrick. The Four Obsessions of Extraordinary Executives
  • Lencioni, Patrick. The Five Dysfunctions Of A Team: A Leadership Fable
  • Maxwell, John. Five Levels of Leadership
  • Morrell, Margo. Schakelton’s Way: Leadership Lessons From The Great Antarctic Explorer
  • O’Toole, John. Leading Change
  • Peters, Thomas. In Search of Excellence
  • Warren, Rick. The Purpose Driven Life
  • Whitney, Diana. The Power of Appreciative Inquiry
Leadership Videos
There are many excellent YouTube videos on leadership. Some of the best are by:
  • John Maxwell
  • Simon Sinek
  • Nido Qubein
TED Talks Radio Hour are also valuable resources for leadership training. Go to Ted Talks on Podcast. Some examples:
  • “The Act of Listening”
  • “Wisdom in Hindsight”
  • “Inspire to Action”
  • “Set Backs”
TED Talks: Go to Ted.com
  • “How Great Leaders Inspire Action”- Simon Sinek
  • “The Puzzle of Motivation” - Dan Pink
  • “How the Generational Stereotypes Hold Us Back At Work”- Leah Georges
  • “What Babyboomers Can Learn From Millennials At Work and Vice Versa”- Chip Conley