Four Books We're Reading This Summer

As Harry S. Truman said, "Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers." Before summer ends, pick up one of these leadership books that our team has been loving.

By The Arbinger Institute | August 11, 2020

If you’re like us, sometimes peeling away from headlines and social media and settling into a book can be a vacation in itself. These four books have been circulating around our team and are applicable in many areas of our lives.

“Upskilling” has been a major point of focus for companies this year, and these must-reads cover themes like problem solving, improving relationships, and breaking through old belief systems in engaging ways that won’t feel like you’re slogging through a dictionary.

Here are a few of our favorites:

Strength to Love
Martin Luther King, Jr

Strength to Love is a collection of Martin Luther King Jr.’s sermons focused on racial segregation in the United States. His writings are heavily centered on agape, which is a love centered on the well-being of others, and he believed that this type of love could be a social and political force for change. This book grants a powerful look into the depth of Dr. King’s ideas and their continued relevance.

Angels Among Us
The Arbinger Institute

Angels Among Us tells the true and inspiring story of a woman who was abandoned by her family and raised in an orphanage. Her story is at once tragic and uplifting. From the story, the book develops principles that govern any effort to work with those who are in need. One of the book’s surprising implications is that all of us – whether rich or poor, educated and uneducated, well or sick – are equally needy. The nature of that need and the path of fulfillment are identical for each of us.

The Shift: How Seeing People as People Changes Everything
Kimberly White

This book is the true, moving story of the author experiencing a lift-changing shift into an entirely different way of being and experiencing others. Kimberly White set out to write a case study book about a healthcare company that owns nursing homes and found herself profoundly changed as she learned what it means to see people as people.

Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t
Simon Sinek

A follow-up to Simon Sinek’s bestseller “Start With Why”, this sequel explores how to inspire trust and commitment between people and organizations. Through his research, Simon Sinek noticed that while some teams seem forever bound in conflict, others are built on trust that runs so deep, nothing seems to break them. Using true stories that run the gamut of industries – government, banking, big business, and military – Sinek illustrates how great leaders build teams that thrive.

Additionally, On September 1, 2020, Arbinger is releasing the third edition of our best-selling book, The Anatomy of Peace: Resolving the Heart of Conflict. This edition includes new diagrams, discussions, and research about the book’s key ideas. The Anatomy of Peace has seen renewed interest in an increasingly divided world as we seek to rebuild and strengthen relationships of all kinds. The third edition is available for pre-order on Amazon.

Although business and leadership books aren’t usually the first things that come to mind when you’re looking for an entertaining, easy read, these books are worth adding to your summer bookshelf. Have you read them all? What books would you add?

Grab a book, head to the beach (or your couch!) and finish your summer a little more motivated and resilient than before.