Leadership Book List: From Leadercast 2021 Speakers

What’s the hardest part about making a change? Taking the first step. Join us at Leadercast 2021 on August 11 to learn how to make that step. The theme this year is Shift, and we couldn’t think of a word to better represent the past year. Leaders all over have figured out they need to make shifts to achieve their goals.

Change, in any capacity, is hard. But that happens to be the only way to get to where we need to go. The future will be created by fearless, innovative leaders who have the courage…. to shift.

Leadercast’s speakers will be practitioners who have successfully navigated through their own personal and professional shifts. You will learn practical insights, hear, purposeful actions, and catalytic vision which had the power to transform them into world-changing, visionary team builders.

This year’s speakers have a lot of accomplishments under their belt -some of the speakers have authored books, host podcasts, and more. We have compiled a list of some of the books the speakers have authored. Start learning about these speakers and what they might have to say at this year’s Leadercast.

We want to thank our presenting sponsor, Members 1st for their support: “Members 1st is proud to be the presenting partner of Leadercast. Our mission is to serve our members, associates, and communities though support, empowerment, and meaningful relationships. Our involvement with Leadercast reflects our commitment to servant leadership and the development of our associates so that they can continue to better the lives of our members each day.”

Learn more about the books the speakers have written below then register for the event now!

Book List

Guy Raz; How I Built This

Award-winning journalist and NPR host Guy Raz has interviewed more than 200 highly successful entrepreneurs to uncover amazing true stories like these. In How I Built This, he shares tips for every entrepreneur’s journey: from the early days of formulating your idea, to raising money and recruiting employees, to fending off competitors, to finally paying yourself a real salary. This is a must-read for anyone who has ever dreamed of starting their own business or wondered how trailblazing entrepreneurs made their own dreams a reality.

Rainn Wilson; SoulPancake: Chew on Life’s Big Questions

Somewhere over the course of history, chewing on Life’s Big Questions lost its cool factor. Fortunately for mankind, Rainn Wilson (best known for playing Dwight Schrute on NBC’s The Office) and a bunch of his friends are on a mission to change that.

Based on the wildly successful website SoulPancake.com, this book urges you to explore philosophy, creativity, spirituality, love, truth, science, and so much more. With bold questions, intriguing challenges, and mind-bending art, SoulPancake creates a space for you to stimulate your brain stem, spark your soul, and figure out what it means to be human.

Austin Channing Brown; I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness

Austin Channing Brown’s first encounter with a racialized America came at age seven, when she discovered her parents named her Austin to deceive future employers into thinking she was a white

man. Growing up in majority-white schools and churches, Austin writes, “I had to learn what it means to love blackness,” a journey that led to a lifetime spent navigating America’s racial divide as a writer, speaker, and expert helping organizations practice genuine inclusion. In a time when nearly every institution (schools, churches, universities, businesses) claims to value diversity in its mission statement, Austin writes in breathtaking detail about her journey to self-worth and the pitfalls that kill our attempts at racial justice. Her stories bear witness to the complexity of America’s social fabric—from Black Cleveland neighborhoods to private schools in the middle-class suburbs, from prison walls to the boardrooms at majority-white organizations.

Andy Stanley; Better Decisions, Fewer Regrets

Good questions lead to better decisions. Discover five game-changing questions to ask every time you make a decision–questions that will help you in your finances, relationships, career, and more.

Your decisions determine the direction and quality of your life. Your decisions create the story of your life. And while nobody plans to complicate their life with bad decisions, far too many people have no plan to make good decisions.

Liz Bohannon; Beginner’s Pluck

There’s no lack of people out there telling you to find your passion and dream big. But why does it seem like when we try, we so often end up more lost and overwhelmed than when we started? Liz Forkin Bohannon wants you to rethink everything you’ve been told about finding your passion and following your dreams. Why? Hate to break it to you, but you’re likely never going to “find your passion.” Because your passion and purpose are something you build–actively–day by day. In her signature tell-it-like-it-is fashion, Liz shares 14 actionable principles that will teach you how to do just that. By embracing your Inner Beginner, dreaming small, choosing curiosity over criticism, and so much more, Liz’s story and the principles of Beginner’s Pluck will have you on your way to building a life of purpose, passion, and lasting impact.

Cris Carter; Born to Believe

BORN TO BELIEVE contains universal positive messages appealing to those searching for meaning and their place in a turbulent world. Brothers Butch Carter (Head Coach, Toronto Raptors) and Cris Carter (Wide Receiver, Minnesota Vikings) detail what qualities they adopted in their individual quests to be sports stars, business entrepreneurs, and positive role models.

Including quotes from people that Butch and Cris revere, this unusual flip-format book has each brother on a front, so a reader can follow the thoughts and extraordinary voice of each author. This unique format also encourages readers to answer questions and note personal goals.

Todd Henry; The Motivation Code: Discover the Hidden Forces That Drive Your Best Work

What drives us to unleash our best work? And how do we tap into that drive to get superior results with our managers, coworkers, and direct reports? As Todd Henry reveals in this illuminating book, drawing on decades of research and interviews with over 100,000 people, the answer is not one size fits all: some people are energized by a race against the clock, while others put in extra effort only

when they feel part of a team. For still others, nothing is as motivating as the possibility of public recognition.

The Motivation Code teaches us to decode our Core Motivation so that we can have conversations, make decisions, and even choose career paths that lead us to experience engagement and fulfillment. Once we know how to activate our inner drivers, we can transform the work we do into work we love.

Michael C. Bush; A Great Place to Work for All

Today’s business climate is defined by speed, social technologies, and people’s expectations of “values” besides value. As a result, leaders have to create an outstanding culture for all, no matter who they are or what they do for the organization. This groundbreaking book, from the creators of the gold-standard Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For list, shows how it’s done. Through inspiring stories and compelling research, the authors demonstrate that great places to work for all benefit the individuals working there and contribute to a better global society—even as they outperform in the stock market and grow revenue three times faster than less-inclusive rivals.