Good books your National Staffs have read or heard about and would recommend reading:

How Successful People Lead by John C. Maxwell
In this perfectly compact read, #1 New York Times bestselling author John C. Maxwell explains how true leadership works. It is not generated by your title. In fact, being named to a position is the lowest of the five levels every effective leader achieves. To be more than a boss people are required to follow, you must master the ability to inspire and invest in people. You need to build a team that produces not only results, but also future leaders. By combining the advice contained in these pages with skill and dedication, you can reach the pinnacle of leadership-where your influence extends beyond your immediate reach for the benefit of others.
Recommended by Ryan Westfall, Silver Wings National President 2013-2014.

Start With Why by Simon Sinek
Simon Sinek's Golden Circle model strives to define the target of motivation. "People don't buy what you do, they buy why you do it" is the motto of the Golden Circle. Answering the questions of why, how and what, in that order, inspire action and create a deep buy-in. The mindset shift to instill a deep sense of alignment to why we exist will improve our ability to motivate and inspire.
Recommended by John McCarthy, Arnold Air Society National Commander 2014-2015.

Good to Great by Jim Collins
In this book, Jim Collins delves into the qualities and attributes of a CEO that make and break companies. The findings of his study can be applied to leadership, and transforming a stagnant organization to a great and flourishing one. The companies and CEOs that make the leap have a few things in common: Level 5 leadership, A Culture of Discipline, and "The Flywheel and the Doom Loop". Find out what these are and avoid them in your organization!
Recommended by John McCarthy, Arnold Air Society National Commander 2014-2015.

The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch
"When Randy Pausch, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon, was asked to give such a lecture, he didn't have to imagine it as his last, since he had recently been diagnosed with terminal cancer. But the lecture he gave--"Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams"--wasn't about dying. It was about the importance of overcoming obstacles, of enabling the dreams of others, of seizing every moment (because "time is all you have...and you may find one day that you have less than you think"). It was a summation of everything Randy had come to believe. It was about living."
Recommended by John McCarthy, Arnold Air Society National Commander 2014-2015.


Here are some additional books highly recommended by our National Administrative Consultants

“How to Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie
“Skunk works” by Ben Rich (for anyone going into acquisitions)
"Ike - The American Hero" by Michael Korda
"I am Malala"  by Malala Yousafzai
"Empress Dowager Cixi" by Jung Chang
“The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich” by William L. Shirer
“Failure is not an Option” by Gene Kranz
“American Generalship” by Edgar F. Puryear Jr
“Rocket Boys” by Homer Hickam
“The Dead and those about to Die” by John C. McManus
“The Killer Angels” by Michael Shaara
“Where Have All the Leaders Gone” by Lee Iacocca
“Elon Musk” by Ashlee Vance
“Emotional Intelligence 2.0” by  Jean Greaves
“Outliers: The Story of Success” by Malcom Gladwell
“The Slight Edge” by Jeff Olson
“The Tipping Point” by Malcolm Gladwell
“Team of Rivals” by Doris Kearns Goodwin
 “Getting to Yes” by Bruce Patton
“American Patriot: The Life and Wars of Col Bud Day” by Robert Coram
“The 4-Hour Workweek” by Tim Ferriss
“The Magic of Thinking Big” by David Schwartz
“Developing the Leader Within You” by John Maxwell
“Good to Great” by Jim Collins
"Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead" by Sheryl Sandberg
"Tuesday's with Morrie" by Mitch Albom



The following is a video of a speech given by distinguished guest at NATCON 2016 (COWBOYCON)


The following are videos of speeches given by a few distinguished guests at Exec Boards 2015

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