- Freire, P. (2000). Pedagogy of the oppressed. New York, NY: Continuum.
- Kouzes, J. M. & Posner, B. Z. (2008). The leadership challenge (4th edition). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
- Palmer, P. J. (2007). The courage to teach. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
- Wheatley, M. J. (2006). Leadership and the new science: Discovering order in a chaotic world (3rd edition). San Francisco, CA: Berrett-Koehler.
- Yukl, G. A. (2009). Leadership in organizations (7th edition). Paramus, NJ: Prentice Hall.
Organizational Leadership was the my first course at Gonzaga and provided an introduction to the traits, thought processes, expectations, and outcomes of leading. In this course, I began to explore what I wanted and did not want to be as a leader, my expectations for leadership, and I began crafting my own vision of leadership. I found Freire's work to be the most challenging. As a white, middle-income male, The Pedagogy of the Oppressed, truly challenged my worldview. I began to understand the different approaches and worldviews that people use and I began to understand the role of oppression in crafting the world. This book was specifically included in the curriculum to challenge students and I found this approach effective. Wheatley's book also provided a great introduction to the challenges that organizations face in today's world. Her works helps leaders discover how to lead in a chaotic world and introduces the idea that organizations are living things that grow and respond to the challenges they face. I have dog-eared and written on more pages in this book than any other in my program and I frequently return to Wheatley's sage advice regarding the direction of organizations.