Great reads on leadership

So we are focusing on leadership this week and I want to start off with a recommendation to my top 3 books on this subject.

1.  The 8th Habit, Steven Covey  – as always Covey’s books are academic and detailed – they do require you to put your thinking cap on but in the 8th Habit, Covey takes a look at the science of leadership as it applied to large organisations – but with a message that is equally transferable into the ownership of a dental practice.

2.  Synchronicity – The inner path of leadership, Joseph Jaworski – an autobiographical account of one man’s journey along the leadership path – especially inspiring to practice owners.

3.  Shackleton’s Way – Margot Morrell – a ripping yarn, telling the story of Shackleton’s Antarctic expedition of 1905 but written by a distant relative who is a management consultant.  At the end of each chapter (telling the story) there is a summary of leadership principles that we can take away.

There are well over 150,000 books on Amazon dealing with the subject of leadership but these 3 have been especially important to me.

As the week develops I will share will you some further thoughts and observations on this, one of my favourite subjects.


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Chris Barrow

Chris Barrow has been active as a consultant, trainer and coach to the UK dental profession for over 20 years. As a writer, his blog enjoys a strong following and he is a regular contributor to the dental press. Naturally direct, assertive and determined, he has the ability to reach conclusions quickly, as well as the sharp reflexes and lightness of touch to innovate, change tack and push boundaries. In 2014 he appeared as a “castaway” in the first season of the popular reality TV show “The Island with Bear Grylls”. His main professional focus is as Coach Barrow, providing coaching and mentorship to independent dentistry.