Optional Reading


The following is a list of recommended reading to supplement your learning in the class. We will not have a lot of time in the class to discuss them directly but will use the insights you gain from your reading to inform learning throughout the class. Think about these questions:

  • What are the most significant insights you took from the book?
  • Would you recommend the book to others? Why?
  • Start a discussion about the book on evolveleaders.org

The Citizen Solution: How You Can Make a Difference. Harry C. Boyte. St. Paul, MN: Minnesota Historical Society Press. 2008.

Claiming Your Place at the Fire: Living the Second Half of Your Life on Purpose. R.J. Leider and D. A. Shapiro. San Francisco, CA:  Berrett-Koehler Pub. 2004.

Everyone Leads: Building Leadership from the Community Up. Paul Schmitz. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. 2012.

Forces for Good: The Six Practices of High-Impact Nonprofits. Leslie Crutchfield and Heather McLeod Grant. Hoboken, New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons. 2008.

Leading Change. John P. Kotter. Boston, MA: Harvard Business School Press. 1996.

Leadership Can Be Taught: A Bold Approach for a Complex World.Sharon Daloz Parks. Boston, MA: Harvard Business School Publishing Corporation. 2005.

The Leadership Challenge, 4th Edition. James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner. New York: Jossey-Bass. 2007.

Leadership for the Common Good. Barbara Crosby and John Bryson. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. 2005.

The Mature Mind: The Positive Power of the Aging Brain. Gene D. Cohen. New York: Basic Books. 2005.

Prime Time: How Baby Boomers Will Revolutionize Retirement And Transform America. Marc Freedman. New York: PublicAffairs, 1999.

Reinventing Aging: Baby Boomers and Civic Engagement. Boston: Center for Health Communication, Harvard School of Public Health. Harvard School of Public Health. 2004. The report is available at www.ReinventingAging.org.

True North: Discover Your Authentic Leadership. Bill George with Peter Sims. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. 2007.

Social Intelligence. Daniel Goleman. New York: Bantam Dell. 2006.

Whatever It Takes: Geoffrey Canada’s Quest to Change Harlem and America by Paul Tough, Houghton Mifflin Company, New York. 2008.

A Whole New Mind: Moving From The Information Age To The Conceptual Age. Daniel H. Pink. New York: The Berkley Publishing Group. 2005.

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