The Washington Post’s Jena McGregor provides leadership book titles, scanned from publishers’ lists, that are worth looking out for in 2014. Here they are:

  • Quick and Nimble: Lessons from Leading CEOs on How to Create a Culture of Innovation, by Adam Bryant (Jan. 7). Bryant, a writer for the New York Times, “interviews CEOs every week for their insights about managing people and leading companies.” Here, they share their wisdom on building innovative cultures.
  • Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War, by Robert Gates (Jan. 14). “Gates, the only secretary of defense to serve under both a Republican and Democratic president, is expected to deliver a blunt critique of his time leading the Pentagon.”
  • Scaling up Excellence: Getting to More Without Settling for Less, by Robert Sutton and Huggy Rao (Feb. 4). “Stanford professors Sutton and Rao are out with a book about tackling growth that took the duo seven years to write.”
  • What Works for Women at Work: Four Patterns Working Women Need to Know, by Joan C. Williams and Rachel Dempsey (Feb. 4). “Called a ‘guide for mastering office politics as a woman,’ Williams’ and Dempsey’s book combines years of research with interviews with 127 successful women about the specific challenges women face in the workplace and how to combat them.”
  • Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time, by Brigid Schulte (March 11). “…Hopefully, the answers and insights in this book about our lack of leisure time will help us find more of it.”
  • Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration, by Ed Catmull (April 8) and Collective Genius: The Art and Practice of Leading Innovation by Linda Hill, Greg Brandeau, Emily Truelove and Kent Lineback (June). “Innovative animator Pixar serves as inspiration in both of these books—the first is written by the studio’s co-founder and president, the second is co-written the movie house’s former SVP of technology, Greg Brandeau.”
  • Executive Presence: The Missing Link Between Merit and Success by Sylvia Ann Hewlett (June 3). Hewlett “examines the critical mix of appearance, communication and gravitas that sets apart leaders who succeed.”
  • Look for upcoming books from Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Hillary Clinton and Sen. Rand Paul, (April, June and September).
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