#005: 5 Great Books You Need to Read If You Want to Be a Better Leader


In this episode, we're going to talk about five books that have helped shape my thinking and prepare me for a future in leadership.

As manufacturers, we're living in a world that the military has labeled a V.U.C.A. world, which stands for Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, and Ambiguous. As a new business leader, we’re faced with many new challenges.

Three key challenges are that we have new competition, we have new technology, and we need to have new people constantly coming in the door applying for jobs.

In this episode, I want to share a couple of insights from each of the five books that have helped create a new mindset for me and how it has moved my thinking forward.


  • Key takeaways from each of the 5 books

  • How each takeaway relates to you as a manufacturing leader

  • What are the important first steps to take as you begin to implement


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  1. The Fifth Discipline: The Art & Practice of The Learning Organization by Peter M. Senge

  2. Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport

  3. The Power of Full Engagement: Managing Energy, Not Time, Is the Key to High Performance and Personal Renewal by Jim Loehr

  4. Leadership on the Line, With a New Preface: Staying Alive Through the Dangers of Change by Ronald A. Heifetz

  5. Stewardship: Choosing Service over Self-Interest by Peter Block



I thank you so much for being here and I’ll see ya next time on Leading the Factory Forward

— Lynn