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Leadership Development: Leadership Basics

Importance of Leadership

Leadership in the field of healthcare is vital to building a high-quality patient experience, and several studies suggest it is best to begin preparing future medical professionals for the management, communication, and critical thinking leadership roles they will be expected to assume in the healthcare system as early as possible. Gathered on this guide are resources all available through the ATSM Library ranging from popular, basic leadership information to more detailed resources for the fields of education and medicine. 

Popular Leadership eBooks

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Actualized Leadership by William L. Sparks 
Publication Date: 2019-06-15

Based on the seminal works of Carl Jung, Abraham Maslow, David McClelland, and Viktor Frankl, Dr. William Sparks' groundbreaking new book shows how Actualized Leaders think, feel, and manage differently while providing practical strategies for developing a more actualized approach to leadership.

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Contemporary Leadership Challenges by Jacinta Austin (Editor) 
Publication Date: 2019-01-30

Contemporary leadership challenges examine various aspects of leadership challenges including an extensive historical overview of leadership practices and related concepts. It includes definitions of the quintuple helix innovation model, socio-cultural challenges, and creating value for business. 

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Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High, Second Edition by Kerry Patterson; Joseph Grenny; Ron McMillan; Al Switzler 
Publication Date: 2011-09-07

Crucial Conversations exploded onto the scene ten years ago and revolutionized the way people communicate when stakes are high, opinions vary, and emotions run strong. Now, the authors have revised their bestselling classic to provide even more ways to help you take the lead in any tough conversation: New firsthand accounts of how these skills changed readers' lives. New case studies showing how business leaders successfully applied these methods to achieve results.

Developing the Leader Within You 2.0
Call Number: Audiobook
Publication Date: 2018-02-06

By examining the differences between leadership styles, Maxwell outlines principles for inspiring, motivating, and influencing others from any type of leadership position—including as a business executive, a church leader, a teacher, or even a parent. 

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Encouraging the Heart by James M. Kouzes; Barry Z. Posner 
Publication Date: 1999-10-01

All too often, simple acts of human kindness are often overlooked and under utilized by people in leadership roles. Advising mutual respect and recognition of accomplishments, Encouraging the Heart shows us how true leaders encourage and motivate those they work with by helping them find their voice and making them feel like heroes. 

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Good leaders ask great questions : your foundation for successful leadership by Maxwell, John 
Publication Date: 2014

Using social media, Maxwell offered the floor to followers with unanswered questions about what it takes to achieve their professional best, and selected seventy questions on the most popular topics, including: -- How can I discover my unique purpose as a leader' -- What is the most effective daily habit that any leader should develop' -- How do you motivate an unmotivated person' -- How would you work with a difficult leader who has no vision'.

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How to Be an Inclusive Leader by Jennifer Brown 
Publication Date: 2019-08-20

In this brave new book, award-winning entrepreneur and internationally acclaimed diversity and inclusion expert Jennifer Brown offers the best-practice guide for becoming more inclusive in our everyday behaviors and interactions. It shares how we can all shift our perspective to support each other and to develop as allies and even accomplices for workplace inclusion. It also explores how targeting the structural barriers to inclusion at an organizational level is needed to tackle the baked-in inequities of our systems that have persisted and continue to derail inclusion.

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The Lasting Impact of Positive Leadership by Stan Toler; David Cochran Heath (Narrated by); John C. Maxwell 
Call Number: Audiobook
Publication Date: 2019-10-15

In The Lasting Impact of Positive Leadership, bestselling author Stan Toler serves as your coach and reveals what it takes to build a successful team. As you examine the proven strategies of great leaders, you will learn how to effectively connect and communicate, and how to motivate people and inspire them to give their best every day.

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Leadership by Brian Tracy
Publication Date: 2014-02-26

Success expert Brian Tracy has spent years studying the world's greatest leaders and believes that everyone has it inside them to:* Inspire trust, confidence, and loyalty* Instill a sense of meaning and purpose in your organization* Tap into the motivation and enthusiasm that compels others to commit to your vision * 

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The Leaders Within: Engagement, Leadership Development, and Succession Planning by Stephen R. Mason
Publication Date: 2019-08-01

The Leaders Within: Engagement, Leadership Development, and Succession Planning presents an integrated model for creating an organizational infrastructure in which leadership development acts as a funnel for succession planning. When they follow this guidance, readers can enhance their organization's learning, leadership, and longevity. The authors draw on their real-world experience in a large health system to define the three unique roles in creating a successful leadership development and succession planning program: the Visionary, the Architect, and the Board Advocate.

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The No-nonsense Guide to Leadership, Management and Team Working by Barbara Allen
Publication Date: 2019-03-31

This book provides a straight forward and pragmatic guide to leadership, management and team working in contemporary library and information services. Contemporary managers and leaders in library and information services are working in a challenging context; dealing with multiple demands on their time, expertise and resources. 

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Peak Leadership Fitness by Timothy J. Tobin 
Publication Date: 2019-02-05

In Peak Leadership Fitness: Elevating Your Leadership Game, leadership coach and fitness expert Timothy J. Tobin invites you to share the lessons he's learned at the intersection of physical and leadership fitness. With the encouraging style of a trainer-coach, Tobin shares his fitness principles and describes the steps to becoming leadership fit. This book is grounded in learning and development and leadership research and illustrated with true-to-life vignettes, sample leadership fitness plans, templates, and tip sheets.

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The Swiss Army Knife for Leaders by Gabriel Anthonio 
Publication Date: 2019-10-01

In The Swiss Army Knife for Leaders you are inspired and challenged to follow your own path in leadership development and take others with you on this journey. To work on leadership with a positive impact on yourself and your environment. The title of this book refers to the pocket knife of Gabriel Anthonio's grandfather; teacher, and a great coach for old and young.

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Your Leadership Story by Timothy J. Tobin; Jay A. Conger (Introduction by) 
Publication Date: 2015-03-16

Tim Tobin says most have no idea what tale their own leadership is telling. He shows how, by thinking of your career as a narrative-with a plot, characters, and an arc-you can increase your awareness of yourself as a leader and become more effective, insightful, and inspiring. Using story as both a metaphor and a process for self-development, Tobin offers activities and questions that help you better understand your own leadership and how others perceive it. 

Popular Leadership eJournals

International Journal of Leadership Studies 

Covers topics related to leadership from different perspectives unique to different cultures, settings, and religions around the world.


The main emphasis in the journal is on interdisciplinary, diverse and critical analyses of leadership processes in contemporary organizations. Leadership encourages new ways of researching and conceptualizing leadership.

Journal of Leadership & Organizational Studies 

Deals with all aspects of leadership & organizations. A forum for the expression of theory, research & practice, with special emphasis given to emerging, ideas, issues, trends & innovations.

Leadership Excellence 

Centrally concerned with issues & ideas relating to personal development, managerial effectiveness & personal productivity.

Journal of Leadership Studies 

Publishes leadership research and theoretical contributions that bridge the gap between scholarship and practice and that exemplify critical inquiry into contemporary organizational issues and paradigms.

The Leadership Quarterly 

Stresses theory and empirical research on effective leadership in all walks of life. Publishes scholarly research and developmental applications from fields of inquiry about leadership.

The Journal of Values-Based Leadership 

Focuses on topics related to integrity, ethics, morality, etc. in leadership.


Free Leadership Courses

  • Researcher Management and Leadership Training (Coursera)
    • This course is for early career researchers and mentors who believe that modern scientific careers require management skills and want to be research leaders.
  • Inclusive Leadership: The Power of Workplace Diversity (Coursera)
    • Course highlights include studying signature traits of inclusive leadership (based on global research), strengthening self-awareness, developing your communication skills, and improving your ability to help others feel a strong sense of belonging.
  • Leading for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Higher Education (Coursera)
    • This course is open to professionals interested in learning more about leadership in higher education for a changing demographic or interested in developing their own leadership skills.
  • Leadership Foundations (LinkedIn Learning)
    •  Learn how to lead across differences and cultivate a more inclusive workplace; establish trust; build relationships up, down, and across the organization; lead change through agility and resilience; have difficult conversations; and more.
  • Leadership: Practical Skills (LinkedIn Learning)
    • Based on theories instructor Chris Croft has acquired over 20 years of teaching, it explores the qualities of a great leader, theories of motivation, leadership styles, and core proficiencies like connecting with your team and effectively delegating work. 
  • Leadership Mindsets (LinkedIn Learning)
    • Together with Stanford University, organizational psychologist Sesil Pir has studied how frames of reference impact relationships and outcomes and how successful leaders adapt their thought patterns to improve employee engagement, drive meaning across the organization, and promote life-long learning. 
  • Become a Leader (LinkedIn Learning)
    • Learn to become a leader others will want to follow. By first developing yourself as a leader, you can take on the most challenging leadership responsibilities: establishing and executing your strategic vision, executing against that vision, and harnessing your most powerful competitive advantage, your people.