Cybersecurity Leadership: Recommended Reading

A common conviction among great leaders is they must never stop learning. No matter how busy you are, making time to sharpen your skills, expand your horizons, and strengthen areas of weakness will come back to you 10 fold. Below you will find a list of books vetted by the SANS Cybersecurity Leadership Curriculum faculty to help you on your journey. While many of these books could be listed in multiple categories, we have only listed each book once in the category we felt was the most relevant to the book as a whole.

Featured Book

Learn to effectively deliver business aligned cybersecurity outcomes

"an insightful and practical resource to help cybersecurity professionals develop the skills they need to effectively communicate with senior management and boards"

Leadership & Management

Action Inquiry - The secret of timely and transforming leadershipBill Torbert and associates
Blink - The Power of Thinking Without ThinkingMalcolm Gladwell
Don't Hire Anyone Without MeCarol Quinn
Ego Free LeadershipBrandon Black; Shayne Hughes
EntreLeadershipDave Ramsey
Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and WinJocko Willink, Leif Babin
First, break all the rulesMarcus Buckingham & Curt Coffman
Free to FocusMichael Hyatt
Good Leaders ask Great QuestionsJohn Maxwell
Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don'tSimon Sinek

Leadershift: 11 Essential Changes Every Leader Must Embrace

John C. Maxwell
Leadership and Self-Deception: Getting Out of the BoxArbinger Institute
Leading ChangeJohn Kotter
Meetings Suck: Turning One of the Most Loathed Elements of Business Into One of the Most ValuableCameron Herol
No Fail MeetingsMichael Hyatt
Quiet Leadership - Help people think better - Don't tell them what to do!David Rock
Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take ActionSimon Sinek
Switch - How to Change Things When Change Is HardChip Heath & Dan Heath
The 21 Irrefutable Laws of LeadershipJohn Maxwell
The Effective Executive: The Definitive Guide to Getting the Right Things DonePeter Drucker
The First 90 Days: Proven Strategies for Getting Up to Speed Faster and Smarter, Updated and ExpandedMichael D. Watkins
The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable

Patrick Lencioni

The Infinite Game

Simon Sinek
The Leadership Moment: 9 True Stories of Triumph and Disaster and Their Lessons for Us AllMichael Useem
The Leadership Secrets of Colin Powell

Oren Harari

The Ride of a Lifetime: Lessons Learned from 15 Years as CEO of the Walt Disney Company

Roger Iger
The Twelve Absolutes of LeadershipGary Burnison
The Vision Driven LeaderMichael Hyatt
Theodore Roosevelt on Leadership: Executive Lessons from the Bully PulpitJames M. Strock
Thinking Fast and SlowDaniel Kahneman
Total Leadership: Be a Better Leader, Have a Richer LifeStewart D. Friedman
Tribes: We Need You to Lead UsSeth Godin
Turn the Ship Around: True Story of Turning Followers into Leaders
L. David Marquet
Virtuous Leadership: An Agenda for Personal ExcellenceAlexandre Havard
We Shall Not Fail: The Inspiring Leadership of Winston ChurchillCelia Sandys
What leaders really doJohn Kotter



97 Things Every Information Security Professional Should Know: Collective Wisdom from the Experts

Christina Morillo
The CISO Evolution: Business Knowledge for Cybersecurity Executives

Kyriakos (Rock) Lambros & Matthew K. Sharp 

Conf!dent Cyber Security: How to get Started in Cyber Security and Futureproof Your Career
(This book is recommended for CISOs to give to non-technical people so they understand what this field is all about.)
Jessica Barker
Dark Territory: The Secret History of Cyber WarFred Kaplan
The Phoenix ProjectGene Kim, Kevin Behr, George Spafford