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Seymour Johnson AFB Library: Leadership and Decision Making

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Finding Books

Seymour Johnson AFB Library offers a variety of books on military leadership and books on decision making that you can use in your continued professional development readings. 

Other Resources

There are several ways to find books in your subject area of interest.  Use the following resources to locate them:

  • Search Amazon.com's database of leadership and decision making books, which include scholarly titles.
  • Not sure what leadership book you are looking for?  Try Goodreads.com's database of leadership books.
  • Search Project Gutenberg's database of FREE electronic books (eBooks or eTexts) covering multiple subjects and disciplines.
  • Search the Online Books Page for access to books that are freely readable over the Internet covering multiple subjects and disciplines.

Finding Articles

Seymour Johnson AFB Library offers several Online Resources to access information about Military Leadership and Skills, but they require you sign in using your library card and PIN to access.

Other Resources

  • Google Scholar provides a simple way to search for scholarly literature across multiple disciplines.

Leadership Recommended Reading List

Decision Making Recommended Reading List

Decision Making Recommended Viewing List

Portrays an example of decision-making qualities needed in command leadership during a discussion between the skipper of U-571 and the executive officer.

Leadership Recommended Viewing List

General Colin Powell speaking on his view of the essence of leadership.

General James Mattis (Ret.) answers questions from Marines in this candid talk on Lessons in Leadership.

Although directly intended for members of the Army, the video provides a great description of leadership principles, attributes, and core competencies that apply to all members of the military.

General Stanley McChrystal discusses how listening and learning, then leading creates the sense of shared purpose among diverse groups.  His viewpoint spans his decades of service in the military and his role in leading the diverse members of the US Army.

Simon Sinek suggests in this TED Talk that a great leader is someone that makes their employees feel trusted, safe and secure.

Using Apple, Martin Luther King Jr. and the Wright brothers, Simon Sinek discusses his model for inspirational leadership.  It all starts with a golden circle and the question "Why?"

Depicts an example of why, under certain circumstances, the leader needs to convey a sense of confidence by knowing all.  Luckily, the Chief of the Boat provides clarity and sound guidance for the executive officer.