Here are books and other leadership development resources that will give you more information on components of the Leading Consciously model.  If you want more information on the book, please click on the book image below and you will be redirected to the Amazon store.

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Testing Assumptions
Mistakes Were Made, But Not by Me is a wonderful book by Carol Tavris and Elliot Aronson that explains how we justify our mistakes to ourselves and what to do about it.
Martin Seligman’s classics, Learned Helplessness and Learned Optimism were our early introductions to how our assumptions and attributions about ourselves and others affect the choices we make in our daily lives.
The Fifth Discipline by Peter Senge is a seminal work. It served as an important source of foundational knowledge upon which we built in our book, Reframing Change.

Clearing Emotions

The Signature Strengths Survey is the brainchild of Martin Seligman, the esteemed psychologist, and was first introduced in his book, Authentic Happiness.  You can use it to identify and build on the very best in yourself.  The website has this self-test, and a number of others to promote personal growth and happiness.
There are lots of books on happiness on the market right now.  The How of Happiness: A New Approach to Getting the Life you Want by Sonja Lyubomirsky is among the best.  It contains complete, practical, and research-based activities to increase your happiness.
The very latest in research findings on the benefits and use of positive emotions can be found in Positivity by Barbara L. Fredrickson.  This is an excellent summary of her many years of research on this important topic.
Embracing Ourselves: The Voice Dialogue Manual by Hal and Sidra L. Stone is an introduction to a powerful emotional clearing tool.  What they recommend can easily be adapted as something you can do on your own.
This is another very simple, but effective emotional clearing tool that we recommend and discuss in our book, Reframing Change. More information about it can be found at
An introduction to the mindfulness meditation program developed at the Stress Reduction Clinic of the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, founded by Jon Kabat-Zinn.
The Art of Happiness in a Troubled World, by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Howard C. Cutler, is a powerful blend of Buddhist thought and the latest research findings on overcoming prejudice and fear, and using positive emotions to build a better world.

Building Relationships

There is a related website, hosted by the Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management. It provides academic resources and practical tools relating to appreciative inquiry and positive change.
A continuing bestseller by Douglas Stone, Bruce Patton, Sheila Steen and Roger Fisher, this is a book we recommend as a companion to Reframing Change. It offers very sound and practical advice on how to have “learning conversations” by disentangling intent from impact, managing your emotions, and moving from blame to seeking your own contribution to difficult situations.

Bridging Differences is a website originally designed to supplement this anthology and includes more than 2,000 links to prejudice-related resources, searchable databases, and a variety of interactive exercises offering unique perspectives on prejudice, stereotyping, and discrimination.
Marshall Rosenberg, author of this book, created the process of Nonviolent Communication (also called Compassionate Communication).  More information about this approach can be found at

Conscious Use of Self

In I Thought It Was Just Me: Telling the Truth About Perfectionism, Inadequacy, and Power, Brené Brown suggests how to move beyond shame to empathy and hope.
When you feel out of integrity, it is easy to believe someone else is the cause of your discomfort. Leadership and Self-Deception by the Arbinger Institute explains how this works.

Initiating Change

Rick Maurer’s book, Beyond the Wall of Resistance: Unconventional Strategies that Build Support for Change, was a required text in Jean Latting’s courses on organizational change.
Darya Funches specializes in organizational and personal transformation.  Her book of poems, I Send My Blankets Over You, takes the reader through a personal journey of pain, loss, and emergence as a “love warrior” for change.

Leadership Development

This book by Elisa Robyn and Cindy Miles uses the metaphor of pirating to provide research-based advice on managing relationships and systems in organizations in artful, playful, and purposeful ways.

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