When I go out and speak to people, I’m often asked if I have any recommendations for books people can read about leadership and nonprofit management. Here’s my list of books you may want to pick-up based on my reading and the recommendations of other individuals in business whom I respect.

  1. Nonprofit Management 101: A Complete and Practical Guide for Leaders and Professionals by Darian Rodriguez Heyman: This book is an excellent primer for nonprofit professionals so they can understand marketing, fundraising, technology, working with a board, finances, and advocacy.
  2. Radical Candor: Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity by Kim Scott: Lead and inspire your teams to the best performance they’ve done in their lives.
  3. The Networked Nonprofit by Beth Kanter, Allison Fine, and Randi Zuckerberg: Create an organization that engages people within and outside of your organization to increase awareness and impact.
  4. Difficult Conversations by Stone, Patton, and Heen: This book addresses how to have the tough conversations with anyone in any aspect of your life.
  5. Forces for Good: The Six Practices of High-Impact Nonprofits by Heather McLeod Grant: Helps leaders understand what makes some nonprofits great and achieve extraordinary social impact.
  6. The Promise of a Pencil: How an Ordinary Person Can Create Extraordinary Change by Adam Braun: The author established 250 schools around the world, and this book helps you understand how you too can lead a life of purpose.
  7. Scaling Up: How a Few Companies Make It…and Why the Rest Don’t by Verne Harnish: Most businesses, and nonprofits, fail. What’s the difference between those the few that succeed and the majority that fails?
  8. Charity Case: How the Nonprofit Community Can Stand Up For Itself and Really Change the World by Dan Pallotta: We’ve got to modify the way we view nonprofits. It’s short-sighted. The author (a friend of mine) explains why.
  9. The Effective Executive: The Definitive Guide to Getting the Right Things Doneby Peter F. Drucker: Drucker was one of the best in leadership, and his thoughts are still relevant. Learn how to get things done as a leader.                               
  10. Sprint by Jake Knapp, John Zeratsky, and Braden Kowitz: Written by three partners at Google Ventures, this book will teach you how to innovate and go from mind to market.

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Author of “Not Your Father’s Charity: Grip & Rip Leadership for Social Impact” (Free Digital Download) 

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