Leadership Book Review

Instructions and Grading Rubric

This project requires you to complete a formal book review of a book that is new to you, selected from a list of books on leadership that is published in the course in Canvas. A book review is a formal type of reflective writing that is often found in journals. Book reviews are a good source of information about a book’s contents and the book’s relative quality and importance. The purpose of this assignment is for you to critically reflect on a body of work added to the required readings for this course. The literature around leadership is vast. This project will allow you to do some independent reading as well as to experience the formal book review process. A book review is more than just a summary of the book. In addition, you must provide an evaluation of the book. In your evaluation, you should address issues such as the following:

· What has been done well? Not so well?

· What did you like about the book? Dislike?

· What are the important contributions that this book makes?

· What contributions could have been made, but were not made?

· What contributions were problematic, weak, etc.?

· How is the book related to or how does it supplement current work in leadership?

· To which audience(s) will this book be most helpful?

By the end of Week 1, you will identify the book you have chosen. Your final book review is due on Sunday, March 1st.

ElementsDescriptionMaximum Points Possible
ContentProvides a concise description and summary of the contents so that the reader has a good understanding of the scope and organization of the book/6
Provides an evaluation of the book, both positive and negative points, and contributions the book makes to the field of leadership/6
Organization & DevelopmentIncludes the development and logical progression of ideas, appropriate transitions, and paragraph structure/4
Style & FormatAdheres to APA standards as well as conventional rules of grammar, spelling, and sentence structure. References, if used, are cited appropriately. The paper is 2,000 – 2,500 words in length, double-spaced, 12-pt font, 1-inch margins./4

Below is a list of the books that you may choose from for your Leadership Book Review Project.  

· Chaleff, I. (2009). The courageous follower: Standing up to and for our leaders, 3rd ed. Berrett-Koehler Publishers.

· Duckworth, A. (2016). Grit:  The power of passion and perseverance. Scribner.

· Goleman, D., Boyatzis, R., & McKee, A. (2013). Primal leadership: Unleashing the power of emotional intelligence. Boston, MA:  Harvard Business School Publishing.

· Hansen, M. (2018). Great at work:  How top performers do less, work better, and achieve more. Simon & Schuster

· Kellerman, B. (2004).  Bad leadership:  What it is, How it happens, Why it matters. Harvard Business Review Press.

· Kellerman, B. (2008). Followership: How followers are creating change and changing leaders. Harvard Business Review Press

· Kofman, F. (2018). The meaning revolution:  The power of transcendent leadership. Currency

· Kottler, J.  (2018). What you don’t know about leadership, but probably should:  Applications to daily life. Oxford University Press

· Kouzes, J. & Posner, B. (2010). The truth about leadership: The no-fads, heart-of-the-matter facts you need to know. San Francisco, CA:  Jossey-Bass.

· Krzyzewski, M. & Phillips, D. (2000) Leading with the heartCoach K’s Successful strategies for basketball, business & life. New York, NY: Business Plus.

· Levine, A. (2014). On the edge: Leadership lessons from Mt. Everest and other extreme environments. Grand Central Publishing.

· Marquet, L.D. (2012). Turn the ship around! New York, NY: Penguin Random House, LLC.

· Rath, T. & Conchie, B. (2009). Strengths based leadership: Great leaders, teams, and why people follow. New York, NY:  Gallup Press.

· Sandberg, S. (2013). Lean in:  Women, work, and the will to lead. Knopf.

· Sinek, S. (2017). Leaders eat last: Why some teams pull together and others don’t. Penguin Publishing Group.