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Staying Ahead of the Curve

Since the first human stood up, said “follow me” and others did, the art and science of leadership has fascinated us. This year alone, more than 400 new books on the subject will be published. Given that all great leaders stay ahead of the curve, we surveyed the scenery to alert you to a trio of intriguing titles to add to your warm-weather reading list.

Retired U.S. Navy Capt. L. David Marquet’s tale of his takeover and makeover of a badly managed nuclear submarine puts the ship in leadership. Turn the Ship Around: A True Story of Turning Followers Into Leaders
is a fascinating account of what it takes to be an officer, a gentleman and a brave leader. (Portfolio; May)

In Business Secrets of the Trappist Monks: One CEO’s Quest for Meaning and Authenticity
former corporate honcho August Turak shares leadership lessons from the monks of South Carolina’s Mepkin Abbey. (Columbia University Press; June)

Leadership Transformed: How Ordinary Managers Become Extraordinary Leaders
by Peter Fuda expands on the author’s engaging and unusual seven leadership metaphors such as Fire (motivational forces) and Snowball (accountability) and Master Chef (tools and strategies) first outlined in a well-received 2011 Harvard Business Review article. (New Harvest; August)

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