The best books for leaders seeking to build effective teams

Larry Osborne Author Of Sticky Teams: Keeping Your Leadership Team and Staff on the Same Page
By Larry Osborne

Who am I?

Dr. Larry Osborne is a leadership mentor and practitioner with a rare mix of both theological and leadership expertise. He's been a mentor and major influencer for many of the largest and fastest-growing churches in the US while providing leadership to North Coast Church as it grew from 125 to over 13,000 in weekend attendance.


I wrote...

Sticky Teams: Keeping Your Leadership Team and Staff on the Same Page

By Larry Osborne,

Book cover of Sticky Teams: Keeping Your Leadership Team and Staff on the Same Page

What is my book about?

Most books on leadership focus on the principles of team building without offering concrete and transferable strategies for removing the landmines and roadblocks that sabotage healthy teams. In many ways, it’s simply the book I wish I'd had in my early and formative days of leadership and team building to help me avoid paying my own dumb taxes.

The books I picked & why

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The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable

By Patrick M. Lencioni,

Book cover of The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable

Why this book?

Lencioni provides helpful insights into many of the most common causes for the relational failures that sabotage teamwork and sidetrack the mission. While I've never been a fan of using a business fable to present leadership principles, the practical insights and principles more than make up for a motif I don’t enjoy personally.


Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap...and Others Don't

By Jim Collins,

Book cover of Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap...and Others Don't

Why this book?

Not all of Collins' so-called "Great" companies have passed the test of time. But his concept of a Level Five Leader makes this book well worth it. It's hard to build a great team without a leader who is focused on the mission far more than personal praise and accolades.


The Effective Executive: The Definitive Guide to Getting the Right Things Done

By Peter F. Drucker,

Book cover of The Effective Executive: The Definitive Guide to Getting the Right Things Done

Why this book?

This book is an OG classic that contains the seed thoughts for many of today's most popular books on management, leadership, and team building. I have often found it incredibly helpful to go back to the original source of today’s widely accepted truisms to gain both perspective and a better understanding of our modern-day leadership assumptions and paradigms. This book is a case in point.


The Starfish and the Spider: The Unstoppable Power of Leaderless Organizations

By Rod A. Beckstrom, Ori Brafman,

Book cover of The Starfish and the Spider: The Unstoppable Power of Leaderless Organizations

Why this book?

The value of this book is not in advocating for leaderless organizations. It's in understanding the inherent power of decentralized leadership to foster greater innovation, powerfully respond to crisis, and continually morph in the face of rapidly changing culture and environments.


Raving Fans

By Ken Blanchard, Sheldon Bowles,

Book cover of Raving Fans

Why this book?

This is another book that uses the business fable motif. But within the storyline, you'll find a boatload of insights as to what a leader and a team needs to understand regarding the difference between producing a superior product and producing raving fans - - which is something that I've found most leaders and teams fail to intuitively grasp.


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