Core Readings

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Can you put it in a binder?

No! Much like dancing, leadership is best learned from doing. Of course, valuable inspiration and ideas are found in articles, books, and blogs, but only through “getting on the dance floor” and applying those concepts will a leader truly find her groove. As such, NLI did not follow a concrete curriculum that could be placed into a binder. We did, however, have a core set of readings and resources that were central to NLI’s design for leadership development and community engagement. We encourage you to seek out these core texts listed below. (For more on the Action Learning approach described above, visit our NLI Experience page.)


Block, Peter (2009). Community: The Structure of Belonging. San Francisco CA: Berrett-Koehler Publishers.

Cohen, Dan S. (2005). The Heart of Change Field Guide. Boston MA: Harvard Business School Press.

Conger, J.A. & Benjamin, B. (1999).   Building Leaders. San Francisco CA: Jossey-Bass Publishers.

Eblin, Scott (2006). The Next Level. Mountain View CA: Davies-Black Publishing.

Englund, Randall L. & Bucero, Alfonso (2006). Project Sponsorship. San Francisco CA: Jossey-Bass Publishers.

Heifetz, Ronald A. and Linsky, Marty (2009). The Practice of Adaptive Leadership. Boston MA: Harvard Business Press.

Kotter, John P. (1996). Leading Change. Boston MA: Harvard Business School Press.

Loehr, Jim & Schwartz, Tony (2005). The Power of Full Engagement. New York NY: Free Press.

Marquardt, Michael (2005). Leading With Questions. San Francisco CA:   Jossey-Bass Publishers.

McKnight, John & Block, Peter (2012). The Abundant Community. Mountain View CA: Davies-Black Publishing.

Raelin, Joseph A. (2000). Work Based Learning: The new frontier of management development. Upper Saddle River NJ: Prentice Hall.

Schaffer, Robert H. & Ashkenas, Ronald N. (2005). Rapid Results. San Francisco CA: Jossey-Bass Publishers.