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Nonprofit Leadership Books

Have you just moved to a managerial role? or are you trying to develop your leadership skills within your nonprofit? Reading and learning from others is an incredibly useful tool to help unlock the potential that you have. We've put together a list of books to help you learn to become a better leader. 


Radical Candor: Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity - Kim Scott 

Author Kim Scott was an executive at Google and then at Apple, where she worked with a team to develop a class on how to be a good boss. She has earned growing fame in recent years with her vital new approach to effective management, Radical Candor.

Radical Candor is a simple idea: to be a good boss, you have to Care Personally at the same time that you Challenge Directly. This simple framework can help you build better relationships at work, and fulfill your three key responsibilities as a leader: creating a culture of feedback (praise and criticism), building a cohesive team, and achieving results you’re all proud of.


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

By learning from the military and big business, Sinek recognises what a successful team looks like. A leadership classic which would be a useful read for any nonprofit manager. 


Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don't - Jim Collins

Built to Last, the defining management study of the nineties, showed how great companies triumph over time and how long-term sustained performance can be engineered into the DNA of an enterprise from the very beginning.


Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win - Jocko Willink and Leif Babin

In gripping firsthand accounts of heroism, tragic loss, and hard-won victories in SEAL Team Three’s Task Unit Bruiser, they learned that leadership―at every level―is the most important factor in whether a team succeeds or fails. Now, detailing the mind-set and principles that enable SEAL units to accomplish the most difficult missions in combat, Extreme Ownership shows how to apply them to any team, family or organization.


Principles: Life and Work - Ray Dalio

Ray Dalio, one of the world’s most successful investors and entrepreneurs, shares the unconventional principles that he’s developed, refined, and used over the past forty years to create unique results in both life and business—and which any person or organization can adopt to help achieve their goals.


The Chimp Paradox: The Mind Management Programme to Help You Achieve Success, Confidence and Happiness - Dr Steve Peters 

This book will teach you about how the brain works, why you get angry if a car cuts you up and how to reduce the negative impacts of this. Each chapter explains different aspects of how you function and highlights key facts for you to understand. There are also exercises for you to work with.

Overall, it is a great way to understand how other people work and how you can use this to benefit your leadership. 


The Magnetic Leader: How Irresistible Leaders Attract Employees, Customers, and Profits - Roberta Chinsky Matuson

Employees don’t work for companies; they work for people. The more irresistible you are as a leader, the more pull you have for employees to want to stay and for your customers to remain loyal. In The Magnetic Leader, Roberta Matuson asks us to consider that the quality of a company’s leadership is the most important factor in attracting and retaining high-quality employees. Matuson has spent 20 years helping organizations achieve both market leadership and dynamic growth by maximizing the talent they already have, in addition to creating a magnetic environment that attracts high-caliber new hires