Summer Reading List – 2021

Every summer I publish a reading list of leadership and management related books that I think my clients would enjoy. I use many of these books in my training, consulting and coaching. Others are books that have been recommended to me, or are of interest to me. Happy reading!


Spark:  How to Lead Yourself and Others to Greater Success
Angie Morgan, Courtney Lynch, Sean Lynch, Frederick Smith

Extreme Ownership:  How US Navy Seals Lead and Win
Jocko Willink, Leif Babin

Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts
Brené Brown

Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent and Lead
Brené Brown

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

Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups
Daniel Coyle

Grit:  The Power of Passion and Perseverance
Angela Duckworth


Retirement by Design: A Guided Workbook for Creating a Happy and Purposeful Future
Ida Abbott

Innovation and Design Thinking

The Simple Guide to Legal Innovation:  Basics Every Lawyer Should Know
Lucy Endel Bassli

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man
Emmanuel Acho

How to be an Antiracist
Ibram X Kendi

Full Dissidence: Notes from an Uneven Playing Field
Howard Bryant

Belonging at Work: Everyday actions you can take to cultivate an inclusive organization
Rhodes Perry

Understanding Bias/Decision Making

Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know
Adam Grant

Blind Spots:  Why we fail to do what’s right and what to do about it
Max Bazerman

Personal Growth/Development

Everything will be Okay: Life Lessons for Young Women
Dana Perino

What’s so Amazing About Grace?
Phillip Yancey

The Asshole Survival Guide:  How to Deal with People Who Treat You Like Dirt
Robert I. Sutton 

Beating the Impostor Syndrome
Portia Mount

How to Say Anything to Anyone: A Guide to Building Business Relationship That Really Work
Shari Harley

Cultivating Excellence: The Art, Science and Grit of High Performance in Business
Darryl Cross with William Cross

Leading Change

Leading Change
John P. Kotter

Immunity to Change: How to Overcome it and Unload the Potential in Yourself and Your Organization
Robert Kegan, Lisa Laskov Lahey


Brian Freeman

Mark Beese is President of Leadership for Lawyers, a consultancy focused on helping lawyers and other professionals become stronger leaders. He provides training, coaching and consulting in the areas of leadership development, innovation, and business development. Mark is an adjunct faculty at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and former adjunct faculty at the Center for Creative Leadership. He is a Fellow of the College of Law Practice Management and an inductee in the Legal Marketing Association Hall of Fame for lifetime achievement. He holds a MBA and BS in Management from the University of Buffalo.  Mark has held senior leadership positions at AmLaw 200 and 100 firms, including Chief Marketing Officer for law firms Holland & Hart and Hodgson Russ.  His clients include many firms on the Global 50, AmLaw 200 and Big 4 accounting firms.  He is a frequent speaker at legal industry conferences including the ABA, LMA, ALA, PDC, INTA and legal networks.   For more information, visit www.leadershipforlawyers.com and www.designthinkinglegal.com. 

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