Books by Jon Gordon
School Administrator, September 2021
Several of Jon Gordon’s books have important applications for school leaders. This is what I have seen during my superintendent tenure as the relevancy in four of his works.
»The Power of Positive Leadership
I had grand intentions from pulling my interview questions from several of my favorite Jon Gordon books, until I reopened this one and almost every page was marked from my previous reading. If you’re looking for a book on culture, vision, team building and leading a system to excellence, this is my recommended go-to book.
»The Energy Bus
The subtitle reads 10 Rules to Fuel Your Life, Work, and Team with Positive Energy
, and this book does exactly that. The Energy Bus
is an easy, fantastic read that engages readers in a story that will ultimately lead to powerful truths about leadership. As leaders, we often discover morale can be incredibly challenging. This book gets at the core of those issues in a completely disarming way.
»You Win in the Locker Room First
Written with former Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith, this book focuses on the elements most important to building a winning team. Framed with the 7 C’s, the book looks at culture, how to be contagious in your leadership, consistency, communication, connection, commitment and caring.
»Stick Together: A Simple Lesson to Build a Stronger Team
In his latest book, Gordon shares a story about a basketball coach determined to build a stronger team. While a quick and easy read, it digs into the power of belief, connection, hope and teamwork. Whether read by your executive team or a middle school sports team, this book fosters deep conversation about what helps and hurts our team’s performance.
— JILL SILER