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A CIO syllabus for discovering your inner leader

From the folks at the Society for Information Management, here is the book list for the incoming 2009 class of the Regional Leadership Forum (RLF). The Regional Leadership Forum is a nine-month leadership program with a mission of training the “next generation of IT professionals to be IT Leaders” — with a capital L no less!

The required reading list (and one movie) is compiled by former Regional Leadership Forum participants, many of them now CIOs, with the aim of “promoting leadership development” among the incoming class, says Bob Rouse, RLF program director and professor of computer science at Washington University in St. Louis.

“The RLF book list provokes self-discovery and promotes the emergence of authentic leadership styles in our students,” Rouse said. “Each year, when tasked with developing this list, we search for books that will inspire, leading to the creation of a personal and unique management approach.”

Your leadership development may be fully formed by now, but it never hurts to be aware of what your peers consider seminal texts for being an effective CIO. And, you know, we may be in for tough times in the coming months. Hunkering down with a book by a writer above the fray of current events might offer some welcome and worthy escape. Let us know what you think of the list – and what on it you’ve read. Maybe we can start an online book club of IT pros and your humble online reporter.

For more on the Regional Leadership Forum program, now in its 15th year, see my interview with Rouse.

RLF 2009 Book List (Title, author)

•1.      How to Read a Book, Mortimer J. Adler and Charles Van Doren

•2.      Brain Rules, John Medina

•3.      The Heart of Change, John P. Kotter and Dan S. Cohen

•4.      The Extreme Future, James Canton

•5.      First, Break all the Rules, Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman

•6.      Leadership Passages, David L. Dotlich, James L. Noel and Norman Walker

•7.      Made to Stick, Chip Heath and Dan Heath

•8.      Leadership Is an Art, Max DePree

•9.      Man’s Search for Meaning, Viktor E. Frankl

•10.   The Post American World, Fareed Zakaria

•11.   True North, Bill George

•12.   Gandhi (participants buy or rent this movie)

•13.   Working with Emotional Intelligence, Daniel Goleman

•14.   The Theft of the Spirit, Carl Hammerschlag

•15.   The Nibble Theory and the Kernal of Power, Kaleel Jamison

•16.   Overcoming the Five Dysfunctions of a Team, Patrick M. Lencioni

•17.   Improv Wisdom, Patricia Ryan Madson

•18.   The Prince, Niccolo Machiavelli

•19.   Orbiting the Giant Hairball, Gordon Mackenzie

•20.   Managing Transitions, William Bridges

•21.   Creating the Good Life, James O’Toole and Walter Isaacson

•22.   Crucial Conversations, Kerry Patterson, Grenn Joseph, Ron McMillan, Al Switzler

•23.   Leadership Moment, Michael Useem

•24.   The Zen of Listening, Rebecca Z. Shafir

•25.   Synchronicity: The Inner Path of Leadership, Joseph Jaworski

•26.   A Leader’s Legacy, James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Postner

•27.   Two Old Women, Velma Wallis

•28.   The Heart Aroused, David Whyte

•29.   The Penguin State of the World Atlas, Dan Smith

•30.   Speed Lead, Kevan Hall

•31.   The Pearl, John Steinbeck

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Thnaks for the mention of my book Speed Lead - much appreciated. I hope your delegates find it useful. You can also get free podcasts on the themes in the book from iTunes (search on "Life in a a matrix") or from my blog Enjoy