I am often asked about what books I’d recommend to leaders on the topic of motivation. Since we’re closing in on the holidays and many may be thinking about giving a book as a gift, now seems like a good time to provide my recommendations.
I believe each of the authors mentioned below have produced solid, science-based, yet practical books anyone can trust and use.
Myths of Intrinsic Motivation by Steven Reiss and Michael Formica. A great book that will make you think differently about extrinsic and intrinsic motivation. This book also shed’s light on the research Daniel Pink doesn’t mention in his book “Drive”. It is the research that does not support the philosophy that reward undermines intrinsic motivation.
Influence: Science and Practice (5th Edition) by Robert Cialdini. This is THE book on persuasion. You’ll learn the science and the art of motivating people through your words and behaviors. This is a must read for any leader.
The Progress Principle: Using Small Wins to Ignite Joy, Engagement, and Creativity at Work by Teresa Amabile, Steven Kramer, Sharon Williams. An excellent book detailing how people can gain greater enjoyment and motivation at work by focusing on daily progress towards an … Read More >