Leadership Book Club

The ILC hosts discussions on current literature and scholarship in leadership education. Each semester, the selected books explore a theme that offers a unique perspective on what modern leadership means. Participants may choose one (or both) of the titles, and books can be found at the Cavenaugh Leadership Library or the Illini Union Bookstore.


The ILC Leadership Book Club is open to all members of the Illinois community. There will be separate Book Club sessions for students and for faculty and staff, so please make sure to sign up for the correct session. 

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Spring 2024: Leadership Across Languages

How do we, as leaders, embrace difference and change?

Explore how different backgrounds and expertise can change our own mindsets of how organizations can operate. In The Culture Map, Erin Meyer explains how centuries of history and cultural norms impact how different countries might approach today’s working relationships. Paul Leonardi and Tsedal Neeley guide current organizations into a future of algorithms and artificial intelligence in their book, The Digital Mindset.

A picture of the cover of the Culture Map book

The Culture Map: Breaking Through the Invisible Boundaries of Global Business by Erin Meyer explains how the histories and cultural norms in different countries impact the way our teammates approach work, communication, and trust.

Check The Culture Map out at our library

A picture of the cover of the Digital Mindset book

The Digital Mindset: What It Really Takes to Thrive in the Age of Data, Algorithms, and AI by Paul Leonardi and Tsedal Neeley guides leaders who are thinking about how to adapt to a future of data, remote work, AI, and more.

Check The Digital Mindset out at our library

Spring 2024 Dates

Student Book Club: March 21st, 2:00pm
Staff and Faculty Book Club: March 13th, 12:00pm

Previous Book Club discussions

See what we read in past Book Clubs!

Fall 2023: Compassion and Care

Reflect on how leaders can care for themselves to care for others through Rest is Resistance by Tricia Hersey and Compassionate Leadership by Rasmus Hougaard and Jacqueline Carter.

To further explore this topic, check out these resources!

Spring 2023: Emergent Leadership

Learn how to meet your leadership challenges moment by moment with Michelle Obama’s The Light We Carry and adrienne maree brown’s Emergent Strategy.

To further explore this topic, check out these resources!