Reading Resources

Here are just a few of Rochelle Cooper‘s favorite recommended reading resources to get started on strengthening your leadership and team skills. From improving in conflict resolution, to honing your strategic thinking, these books are business reading resources chosen to support your personal and professional growth.

Executive Presence

  • Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges by Amy Cuddy
  • Leadership Presence by Belle Haplern and Kathy Lubar
  • Lions Don’t Need to Roar by DA Benton
  • Speak Like a CEO by Suzanne Bates
  • Executive Charisma by DA Benton
  • How to Work a Room by Suzanne RoAne 
  • Leading out Loud: Inspiring Change through Authentic Communication by T. Pearce 
  • The Charisma Edge by C. Burnham 
  • Powerful Conversations: How High Impact Leaders Communicate by P.J. Harkins 
  • The Power of Presence: Unlock your Potential to Influence and Engage Others by Kristi Hedges 
  • Your Executive Presence Quiz

Strategic thinking

  • Becoming a Strategic Leader: Your Role in Your Organization’s Enduring Success by Richard L. Hughes and Katherine Colarelli Beatty 
  • Strategy Safari, A Guided Tour Through the Wilds of Strategic Management by Mintzberg 
  • A Curious Mind: The Secret to a Bigger Life by Brian Grazer
  • Mastering Strategy, Financial Times Mastering series
  • The Boston Consulting Group On Strategy by Stern and Deimler 
  • Competitive Strategy by Michael Porter 
  • How to Think Like a CEO by DA Benton
  • The Strategy Focused Organization by Robert Kaplan and David Norton
  • What Really Works by William Joyce, Nitin Nohria, and Bruce Robertson.
  • The New Strategists: Creating Leaders at All Levels by Steve Wall
  • On the Fly: Executing Strategy in a Changing World by Steve Wall
  • The Flexible Leader by Rick Lepsinger 
  • Simplified Strategic Planning, A No-Nonsense Guide For Busy People Who Want Results Fast by Robert Bradford and J. Peter Duncan
  • The Art of The Strategist by William A. Cohen 
  • Learning to Think Strategically by Julia Sloan
  • Becoming a Strategic Thinker on a Daily Basis: Raise Your Strategic IQ for the 21st Century Success  from the Haines Center for Strategic Management at, or call (619)275-6528
  • How Strategists Really Think- Tapping the Power of Analogy by Giovanni Gavetti and Jan W. Rivkin
  • The Fall and Rise of Strategic Planning by Henry Mintzberg.
  • Strategic Thinking Self- Assessment Harvard Manage Mentor

Leadership Development

  • What Got You Here Won’t Get You There by Marshall Goldsmith
  • First, Break All the Rules by Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman
  • How Full Is Your Bucket? by Tom Rath and Donald O. Clifton, Ph.D.
  • Vital Friends by Tom Rath 
  • The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference by Malcolm Gladwell
  • Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath
  • Now Discover Your Strengths by Marcus Buckingham and Donald Clifton
  • The Energy Bus: the Ten Rules to Fuel Your Life, Work and Team with Positive Energy by Jon Gordon
  • The Leadership Challenge by James Kouzes and Barry Posner
  • The Fifth Discipline by Peter M. Senge
  • Management Challenges for the 21st Century by Peter F. Drucker

Active Listening

  • Active Listening: Improve Your Ability to Listen and Lead by Center for Creative Leadership and Michael H. Hoppe
  • Change Your Questions, Change Your Life by Marilee Adams
  • How to Talk so People Listen by Sonya Hamlin

Career Moves

  • Working Identity by Herminia Ibarra
  • Rites of Passage/Guide to Executive Job-Changing by John Lucht
  • Make a Name for Yourself by Robin Fisher Roffer
  • The Next Level by Scott Eblin
  • The Politics of Promotion: How High Achieving Women Get Ahead and Stay Ahead by Bonnie Marcus
  • Forget a Mentor, Find a Sponsor by Sylvia Ann Hewlett


  • Never Split the Difference by Chris Voss
  • Influence Without Authority (2nd Edition) by Allan R. Cohen and David L. Bradford
  • Getting to Yes by William Ury
  • Getting Past No: Negotiating Your Way from Confrontation to Cooperation by William Ury
  • Ask for It: How Women Can Use the Power of Negotiation to Get What They Really Want by Linda Babcock and Sara Laschever
  • Difficult Conversations by Stone, Patton, and Heen
  • Crucial Confrontations by Patterson, Grenny, McMillan, and Switzler
  • Managing Conflict Dynamics: A Practical Approach by Capobianco, Davis, and Krauss
  • The Seven Strategies of Master Negotiators by Brad McRae
  • Sitting in the Fire: Large Group Transformation Using Conflict and Diversity by Arnold Mandell
  • Crucial Confrontations by Kerry, Patterson, Grenny, McMillan and Switzler
  • Becoming a Conflict Competent Leader by Craig Runde & Tim Flannagan
  • Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me) by Carol Tavris and Elliott Aronson
  • Managing Differences by Daniel Dana.
  • Conflict Resolution: Mediation Tools for Everyday Worklife by Daniel Dana
  • Triggers by Marshall Goldsmith and Mark Reiter


  • Drive: the Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel H. Pink
  • Hardwiring Excellence by Quint Studer
  • Employee Engagement: A Review of Current Research and Its Implications published by The Conference Board 
  • First, Break All the Rules by Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman
  • Managing People is Like Herding Cats by Warren Bennis


  • Execution, The Discipline of Getting Things Done by Larry Bossidy and Ron Charam
  • It’s Your Ship by Captain D. Michael Abrashoff, a collaborative leader challenged bravely Navy leadership legacy
  • The Inner Work of Leaders by Mackoff and Wenet
  • The Leadership Mystique by Kets de Vries
  • The Extraordinary Leader by Zenger and Flokman’s
  • Confronting Reality by Larry Bossidy and Ron Charam
  • Performance Dashboards: Measuring, Monitoring, and Managing Your Business by W. Eckerson 
  • The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right by Atul Gawande 
  • Drive: the Suprising Truth about What Motivates Us by Daniel Pink 


  • The First 90 Days by Michael Watkins
  • The New Leader’s 100 Day Action Plan by George Bradt, Jayne Check and Jorge Pedraza
  • You’re in Charge, Now What by Thomas Neff and James Citrin
  • Just Promoted: How to Survive and Thrive in Your First 12 months As Manager by Edward Betof and Frederic Harwood


  • Top Teaming: A Roadmap for Leadership teams navigating the Now, the New and the Next by Lawrence Levin 
  • The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni, Jossey-Bass, 2002
  • The Wisdom of Teams by Jon Katzenbach
  • Blink: The Power of Thinking without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell,
  • Building Conflict Competent Teams by Craig Runde and Tim Flanagan
  • When Teams Work Best by Frank Lastor and Carol Larn
  • Built to Last by James Collins and Jerry Poras


  • Take Back Your Life!: Using Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 to Get Organized and Stay Organizedby Sally McGhee and John Wittry
  • Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen
  • Time Tactics of Very Successful People by B. Eugene Greissman 
  • Executive Stamina: How to Optimize Time, Energy and Productivity to Achieve Peak Performance by Marty and Joshua Seldman
  • Your Brain at Work by David Rock


  • Stop Whining and Start Winning by Molly Shepherd and Jane Stimmler 
  • Brag!: the Art of Tooting Your Own Horn Without Blowing It by Peggy Klaus 
  • Breaking into the Boys Club: Eight Ways to Get Ahead in Business by Molly Shepherd, Jane Stimmler and Peter Dean
  • Woman’s Reality by Anne Wilson Schaef
  • Women Working Together published by Amacon
  • Standing at the Crossroads: Next Steps for High Achieving Women by Marian Ruderman and Patricia Ohlott
  • Disappearing Acts: Gender, Power, and Relational Practice at Work by Joyce K. Fletcher
  • Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office:  101 Unconscious Mistakes Women Make That Sabotage Their Careers by Lois P. Frankel, Ph.D