Leadership Library

About the Library

The Leadership Library collection contains over 300 titles with topics that include collegiate leadership, professional leadership, biographies, communication, teamwork, women in leadership, and more! Students, faculty, and staff members may browse the collection and can check out books for up to three weeks. The Leadership Library exists to assist students in their academic discipline and campus involvement; aid faculty with classroom lectures; and encourage staff members seeking personal development.

Book recommendations can be sent to leadership@shsu.edu

August Featured Title: Never Eat Alone: And Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time 


Keith Ferrazzi’s Never Eat Alone: And Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time “lays out the specific steps – and inner mindset” that this author uses to connect to others in ways that have the ability to create a “lifelong community of colleagues, contacts, friends, and mentors.” This National Bestselling author says that these relationships are what paved the way from small-town blue collar work to Ivy League educations and executive posts.

Ferrazzi, named one of Crain’s 40 Under 40, says that his success is owed to connections based on generosity – the characteristic which sets his method apart from desperate and detached networking. With chapters such as “Don’t Keep Score,” “Be Interesting,” and “Never Give in to Hubris,” Ferrazzi shows his dedication to the authenticity of relationships, both in and outside of the workplace.

The author also includes Hall of Fame profiles from Bill Clinton, the Dalai Lama, Eleanor Roosevelt, and other world leaders to provide insight into the leadership strategies of each, and prove that what “truly moves us as human beings, what prompts us into action, is emotion” (222). Therefore, emotion must be used as a relationship-building tool without sacrificing sincerity.

“Where do you start? You start with the philosophy, the worldview, that every human is an opportunity to help and be helped. The rest – whether it means helping with someone’s healthy, wealth, children, or any other unsatisfied desires – follows from that.” (Ferrazzi 170)

If you’re interested in learning more about what Ferrazzi has to say about his secrets to success, check out Never Eat Alone in the Leadership Library!

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