Leadership Resources


  1. Essentialism, Greg McKeown (work smart, not hard, ask the right questions to drive for better results)

  2. So Good They Can’t Ignore You, Cal Newport (a guide to career/leadership founded on quality output and extensive advice on how to work more effectively)

  3. Deep Work, Cal Newport (a manual on how to work on the tough stuff more consistently and easily)

  4. Range, David Epstein (a book about the necessity of generalists and how to balance specific development with general skills)

  5. Good to Great, Jim Collins (a book about why some companies succeed and many fail, with broadly applicable ideas for sustainable success) 

  6. Energising Leadership, Nita Cherry (a book about how leading people is an act of directing and enabling people’s energy – really useful for people working in teams, collaborative spaces or with colleagues, available at the Swinburne Library)


  1. https://www.calnewport.com/blog/ (covers topics as diverse as how to become a straight a student on easy street to what makes a meaningful life)

  2. https://www.calnewport.com/podcast/ (see above, but spoken)

  3. https://gregmckeown.com/podcast/ (interviews with people about how to work more on what matters the most, and cut the stuff that doesn’t)

  4. https://www.danpink.com/pinkcast/ (incredibly short (less than 5 minutes!) clips on specific topics around motivation, entrepreneurship)



  1. Sometimes not working is work too - an article about why rest is part of the work, not an escape

  2. Wellness industry lies what really works - what really works to be well (most wellness is bunk) – being a leader means looking after yourself

  3. Dear therapist career plan - it’s primarily about not confusing experience, insight and advice, a masterclass in communication

  4. Active listening - a guide to active listening, essential to underpinning effective work with others, listen first