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. 


    The books with the most ****are the most valuable for strategic planning. Many are also leadership books.

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

    Bennis, Warren. On Becoming a Leader, Addison-Wesley, 1989 
    ***  Block, Peter. Stewardship, Barrett-Koehler, 1993  
    **  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
    ***  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 
      Hamel, Gary. Leading The Revolution, Harvard School Press, hardback – 2000 
    ***  Godin, Seth, Purple Cow, Portfolio Press, 2003 
    ** Godin, Seth, Linchpin – Are You Indispensable? Portfolio/Penguin -2011
    Goleman, Daniel. Primal Leadership, Harvard Business School Press, 2002
    Kouzes and Posner. The Leadership Challenge, Wiley, 2012 – 5th Edition
    Marquet, L. David., Turn the Ship Around! Portfolio/Penguin, 2012
    * Pfeiffer, J. William. Shaping Strategic Planning, University Associates 
    Pirsig, Robert. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Bantam Books  
    Senge, Peter. The Fifth Discipline, Doubleday, 1990 
    Sinek, Simon, Start with WHY, How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action, 2009 
    Sinek, Simon, The Infinite Game, Penguin 2018 
    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 
    This list courtesy of ICD Fellow Dr. Robert Frazer, Jr., a nationally recognized leadership & strategic planner.

    * Arrien, Angeles. The Four Fold Way, Harper, 1993  
      Bradshaw, John. Bradshaw On: The Family. Health Communications, 1988  
      Bradshaw, John. Healing the Shame That Binds, Health Communications  
      Cousins, Norman. Anatomy of an Illness & Human Options, Bantam Books   
    Gibran, Kahlil. The Prophet, Knopf Publishing Co., 1923   
    ** Goleman, Daniel. Working with Emotional Intelligence, Bantam Books 2000   
    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  
    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  
    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    
      Siegel, Bernie S. Love Medicine and Miracles, Harper & Row  
    Simon, Sidney. Meeting Yourself Halfway, Argus Communications, 1974  
    Stanley, Thomas J, The Millionaire Mind, Andrews Mc Neal 2000  
    Zander, Benjamin & Rosamund. The Art of Possibility, Harvard Business School Press, 2000  
    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