Whether you’re in charge, or are ready to take the plunge, this month’s selections of leadership inspiring reads will cultivate your career with philosophies on commitment, command and creativity.

book_executivepresence“Executive Presence: The Missing Link Between Merit and Success” by Sylvia Ann Hewlett (hardcover, HarperBusiness, 2014, 240 pages, $26.99).

You can have the experience and qualifications of a leader, but without executive presence, you won’t advance.

“Executive Presence” is a dynamic, cohesive mix of appearance, communication and gravitas. Filled with eye-opening insights, analysis and practical advice for both men and women to make the leap from working like an executive to feeling like an executive.

book_createtoday“What Do You Want to Create Today?: Build the Life You Want at Work” by Dr. Bob Tobin (hardcover, BenBella Books, 2014, 216 pages, $19.95).

This book shows you how to develop your career in a way that uniquely suits you.

Offering a mix of inspiring advice, practical suggestions, questions for reflection and uplifting stories, “What Do You Want to Create Today?” is an essential guide in finding happiness and fulfillment via your work.

It’s time to embrace your dreams, surround yourself with positive people, summon your courage, have fun working and never stop learning.

book_becomeboss“Becoming the Boss: New Rules for the Next Generation of Leaders” by Lindsey Pollak (hardcover, HarperBusiness, 2014, 320 pages, $16.99).

A brisk, tech-savvy success manual filled with real-world, actionable tips, defining what leadership is and drawing on original research and interviews with newly minted Gen Y managers and entrepreneurs around the world.

They share their secrets of what makes them successful leaders—and show young professionals how to use that knowledge to rise in their own careers.

book_commit“Commit to Win: How to Harness the Four Elements of Commitment to Reach Your Goals” by Heidi Reeder, PhD (hardcover, Hudson Street Press, 2014, 256 pages, $25.95).

Studying more than 40 years of research by psychologists and economists, “Commit to Win” shows that the key to reaching any goal, whether it’s to hit the gym more often or to finally quit that dead-end job, isn’t motivation, willpower or determination.

It’s commitment.

book_takecommand“Take Command: Lessons in Leadership” by Jake Wood (hardcover, Crown Business, 2014, 256 pages, $25). 

In this groundbreaking book on high-stakes leadership, co-founder and CEO of Team Rubicon and former Marine sniper Jake Wood shows how to apply hard-learned lessons in leadership and teamwork from the battlefield and disaster zone to your professional life.

Books provided by the Stark County District Library, www.starklibrary.org

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