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: “In addition to Boards That Make a Difference, Reinventing the Board, and A New Vision of Board Leadership, Carver has produced an amazing array of short pieces designed for those who want to use Policy Governance. This book, On Board Leadership, is a convenient compendium of these articles.”

  • Carver, John. Boards That Make a Difference:  “Carver continues to debunk the beliefs and habits that hobble boards and replace them with his innovative approach to effective governance. This proven model offers an empowering and fundamental redesign of the board and emphasizes values, vision, empowerment of both the board and staff, and strategic ability to lead leaders.”

  • Conger, Jay. Charismatic Leadership in Organizations: “Sort of a how-to on leadership incorporating charisma. This book not only integrates the growing body of research and theory on charismatic leadership, but also pushes back the frontiers of our knowledge by introducing new theories and insights. The authors present a comprehensive model of the charismatic leadership process. The model is documented by extensive empirical research and richly illustrated with case examples of corporate leaders.”

  • Covey, Stephen R. The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness, Free Press, 2004: Covy’s 1989 book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is considered a classic in the genre, and rightly so. Most who read it come away with specific skills to improve their personal and professional lives. This follow-up takes the content of that work, ties a ribbon around it, and presents it as a gift. Better than the prequel. - Peter Korch 

  • Eadie, Doug. Extraordinary Board Leadership: This is a book that should be read by anyone who is the member of an organization. Eadie examines what he calls “seven keys to high-impact governance.” 

  • Galford, Robert. The Trusted Leader: “Based on highly specific research and experience that covers a wide spectrum of managers and organizations, The Trusted Leader identifies the three critical types of trust that leaders need to master: strategic trust, organizational trust and personal trust. It introduces a practical and effective formula for building organizational confidence and provides and provides a unique analysis of the obstacles to trust and the sources of resistance to the building of trust inside an organization.”

  • George, Bill. Discover Your True North: This is a leadership classic that offers a concrete and comprehensive guide to becoming an authentic leader and shows how you can chart your path to success. George helps you discover your True North or internal compass that assists you in unlocking your full potential as a leader and a human being. - Michael Kenney

  • Lencioni, Patrick. The Four Obsessions of Extraordinary Executives: “Lencioni’s focus is on a leader’s critical role in building a healthy organization, an often overlooked but essential element of business life that is the linchpin of sustained success. Readers are treated to a story of corporate intrigue as the frustrated head of one consulting firm faces a leadership challenge that threatens to topple his company, his career and everything he holds true about leadership itself. In the story telling, Lencioni helps his readers understand the disarming simplicity and power of creating organizational health, and reveals four disciplines that they can follow to achieve it.”  
  • Lencioni, Patrick. The Five Dysfunctions Of A Team: A Leadership Fable about the complex world of teams. Throughout the story, Lencioni reveals the five dysfunctions which go to the very heart of why teams, even the very best ones fail, often struggle. He outlines a powerful model and actionable steps that can be used to overcome these common hurdles and build a cohesive, effective team. Lencioni has written a compelling fable with a powerful yet deceptively simple message for all who strive to be exceptional team leaders. 

  • Maxwell, John. Five Levels of Leadership: Maxwell’s book offers a roadmap for building leadership and taking it to the highest level. He provides an in-depth view of the characteristics, behaviors, advantages of each level of leadership. Maxwell helps you to discover where you are on the leadership journey and how to get to the next level. - Michael Kenney

  • Morrell, Margo. Shackleton’s Way: Leadership Lessons From The Great Antarctic Explorer

  • Kotter, John. Leading Change: “John Kotter’s now-legendary eight-step process for managing change with positive results has become the foundation for leaders and organizations across the globe. By outlining the process every organization must go through to achieve its goals, and access by identifying where and how even top performers derail during the change process, Kotter provides a practical resource for leaders and managers charged with making change initiatives work.”
  • Peters, Thomas and Waterman, Robert. In Search of Excellence: This book is a classic that was written in 80s but is still relevant today. It is an interesting read that shows how mindset is everything. The authors discuss eight basic principles or themes that were characteristic of excellent companies in the past. These principles include some of the best business behaviors that have survived the test if time. - Michael Kenney 

  • Sinek, Simon. The Infinite Game, 2019: Simon Sinek is easily my favorite author in the leadership literature. So much so that he was my second choice for guest speaker for the 2019 Section I convocation. In this work, he argues what leaders in an association such as ICD really should be thinking and doing. Reading this book will change your perception of an organization and your role in it. Not to be missed. - Peter Korch

  • Warren, Rick. The Purpose Driven Life

  • Whitney, Diana. The Power of Appreciative Inquiry: “The Power of Appreciative Inquiry describes the internationally embraced approach to organizational change that dramatically
    Improves performance by engaging people to study, discuss and build upon what’s working – strengths – rather than trying to fix what’s not. 

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
  • "You Can Grow New Brain Cells. Here's How"