I’m a big fan of self-help books. I’m not talking about “Golf For Dummies” but just good old nonfiction reads. Whether it’s financial or marital advice (“5 Love Languages” anyone?), I really believe that you can find answers to most your problems in books. Is a book as effective as a financial adviser, maybe not; but it’s a lot less expensive.
So whether or not you’re currently attending ASDA’s National Leadership Conference in Chicago this weekend, you can still gain a lot of leadership insights just from picking up some reading material. Yes, you’ll have to put down the study guides and textbooks for a minute, but the break from dentistry might do you some good.
Here is a list of leadership reads that can set you on the path to success in dental school and beyond:
“Drive” by Daniel Pink
After you watch Daniel Pink’s TED talk (above) you’ll want to read his book. He’s unlocked the key to what motivates you–very important in leadership.
“Delivering Happiness” by Tony Hsieh
Tony Hsieh is the CEO of your favorite online shoe company, Zappos. Hsieh bucked the traditional corporate model and created a place where company culture and customers were at the forefront of everything they do. It worked and it could just work for your future dental practice.
Bonus: Read former ASDA Speaker of the House Dr. Ryan Dulde’s blog post about his visit to Zappos headquarters in Las Vegas.
“Good to Great” by Jim Collins
This book is all about why some companies make the cut and others fail. Of course you want your future practice to be great, so this read may be worth picking up sooner than later.
“Outliers” by Malcolm Gladwell
In his third book, Malcolm Gladwell examines success in all its iterations. From ice hockey players to Bill Gates to The Beatles, Gladwell tries to determine what makes for success. Gladwell’s books are successful due to his interesting way of connecting ideas and a writing style that makes non fiction a fast read.
No time for a whole book?
Magazines can be a great way to dip your toe into the world of business management and leadership without taking away too much time from your studies. Here are two recommendations:
Fast Company: This is a great website but also a slick magazine if you choose to subscribe. You’ll get articles on everything from the latest trends in business to design and innovation. There’s also some great reads on leadership and management.
Forbes: This magazine is probably best known for business advice. Check the website or subscribe to stay up on the world of business.
For more leadership books, you can visit ASDA’s website. We also have tips on how to be a leader and how to get involved in local and national leadership. Are you ready to take on a leadership role now? ASDA is accepting applications for more than 40 national leadership positions. Click here to find out more!
What leadership books do you recommend? Have you read any of the books mentioned above?
~Kim Kelly, publications manager