A Leadership Reading List


In the Chidsey Center, we strongly believe in lifelong learning and in particular about leadership.  Leadership is a journey, and no matter how talented or knowledgable we might be, we still exist on a growth continuum when it comes to leadership.

With this blog, we have shared new insights, experiences, and deep dives into leadership, but as we begin a new year, we’d like to offer you some good reads. It seems like the beginning of the year brings lists of books from the business world, world leaders, and others that want to share what moved them from the previous year and informed their work. Here is a list of books that influenced the Chidsey Center’s understanding of leadership, how we engage with students, and informed personal growth and action. All are great reads and are important works. Check it out!  


  1. Grit – Angela Duckworth
  2. Smarter, Faster, Better – Charles Duhigg
  3. Mindset – Carol S. Dweck
  4. Leading Change – John Kotter
  5. Hanging the Mirror – Scheffer/Braun/Scheffer
  6. Power and Love – Adam Kahane
  7. Who do we choose to be? – Margaret Wheatley


We’re always looking for books that can inform our understanding of leadership and aid us in preparing students for lives of leadership. What books moved you this year? Please share in the comments below!

Here are the books that are next on our list!

books for the future



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Dave Newell

Dave Newell is director of the Chidsey Center for Leadership Development.

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  1. Thanks for the list! I read “Mindset” by Carol Dweck a few years ago and it has greatly informed the way I operate at Davidson.

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