Reading Room

Welcome to the Trust Across America™ Reading Room. The following books are written by authors who prioritize trustworthy behavior in business. The list is arranged alphabetically by author, followed by links to their books. Some of these authors have appeared on our radio show and some have done guest blogger interviews with us. If you have written a book, or would like to suggest a book to be added to this list, please email

NEW BOOKS as of August 23, 2019

Trust Inc., A Guide for Boards & C-Suites
In the second book in our award-winning series, 60 global experts join forces to outline 100 strategies for building organizational trust at the Board & C-Suite levels.


Trust Inc., Strategies for Building....
Over 30 experts including Patricia Aburdene, Jim Kouzes, Ben Boyd (Edelman), Stephen MR Covey and Amy Lyman (Great Places to Work) collaborate in contributing essays for Trust Inc: Strategies for Building Your Company's Most Valuable Asset. Introduced by Ken Blanchard, this book addresses trust in business, considered by many to be the issue of the decade, providing frameworks, advice and solutions for tacking this subject in any organization.


Trust Inc., 52 Weeks of Activities
and Inspirations for Building Workplace Trust. The third book in our series brings together two dozen experts with weekly suggestions and ideas for those organizations who recognize the value of placing trust at the top of the agenda.


Trust Inc., 52 Weeks (Kindle Edition)
of Activities and Inspirations for Building Workplace Trust. The third book in our series brings together two dozen experts with weekly suggestions and ideas for those organizations who recognize the value of placing trust at the top of the agenda.


Trust Inc., A Guide for Boards & C-Suites (Kindle Edition)
In the second book in our award-winning series, 60 global experts join forces to outline 100 strategies for building organizational trust at the Board & C-Suite levels.


Trust Inc., Strategies for Building... (Kindle Edition)
Trust Inc. is available on Kindle as of December 4, 2013.


7 Lenses
In 7 Lenses: Learning the Principles and Practices of Ethical Leadership, Linda Fisher Thornton takes us beyond the triple bottom line to 7 different perspectives on ethical leadership, and provides 14 Guiding Principles that help us honor them all in daily leadership.


Conscious Money
Why not make money and make a difference, too? Patricia Aburdene brings the reader a revolutionary blueprint for growing wealth, finding fulfillment, and changing the world by living your values.


In Credibility: How Leaders Gain and Lose It, Why People Demand It, James Kouzes and Barry Posner explore why leadership is above all a relationship, with credibility as the cornerstone, and why leaders must "Say what you mean and mean what you say."


Discover Your True North
Now expanded and updated to introduce 48 new leaders and new learning about authentic global leaders, this revisited classic includes more diverse, global, and contemporary leaders of all ages. New case studies include Warren Buffett, Indra Nooyi, Arianna Huffington, Jack Ma, Paul Polman, Mike Bloomberg, Mark Zuckerberg, and many others.


Do Good: Embracing Brand Citizenship
In every age group, people commit to brands that show good citizenship. From CVS's destocking cigarettes to Chipotle's ethical sourcing, people want to see fair employment practices, social responsibility, and charitable giving-and they quickly call out negligence. Based on extensive research with thousands of consumers, Do Good documents this sea change and explains how to embed social consciousness into a company's DNA.


For Love of Country
Howard Schultz and National Book Award finalist Rajiv Chandrasekaran of The Washington Post offer an enlightening, inspiring account honoring acts of uncommon valor in Iraq and Afghanistan, including an Army sergeant who repeatedly runs through a storm of gunfire to save the lives of his wounded comrades; two Marines who sacrifice their lives to halt an oncoming truck bomb and protect thirty-three of their brothers in arms; a sixty-year-old doctor who joins the Navy to honor his fallen son.


Give and Take
For generations, we have focused on the individual drivers of success: passion, hard work, talent, and luck. But as author Adam Grant tells us, today, success is increasingly dependent on how we interact with others. It turns out that at work, most people operate as either takers, matchers, or givers. Whereas takers strive to get as much as possible from others and matchers aim to trade evenly, givers are the rare breed of people who contribute to others without expecting anything in return.


Giving Voice to Values
In Giving Voice to Values: How to Speak Your Mind When You Know What's Right, Babson College business educator and consultant Mary Gentile draws on actual business experiences as well as social science research to challenge the assumptions about business ethics at companies and business schools.


Hacking Leadership
Hacking Leadership is Mike Myatt's latest leadership book written for leaders at every level. Leadership isn't broken, but how it's currently being practiced certainly is. Everyone has blind spots. The purpose of Hacking Leadership is to equip leaders at every level with an actionable framework to identify blind spots and close leadership gaps.


Leadership Transformed
After more than a decade’s research and practice, Dr. Peter Fuda shares the seven common themes that have enabled hundreds of CEOs around the world to transform themselves into highly effective leaders, and transform the performance of their organizations as well. Through his work, Dr. Fuda discovered that the best way to elicit deep and broad discussion of the seven leadership themes—and to describe the CEOs’ mastery of what they had learned—was through metaphor.


Leadership Wisdom
Former CEO Bob Vanourek has selected over 70 poems, prose or speech passages, and curious verse, each with an insightful leadership message. He combines these pearls with bite-sized chunks of engaging commentary from his own vast leadership experience.


Leading Innovation, Creativity and Enterprise
Drawing upon cutting edge research from academia but expressed clearly and concisely for the busy person seeking practical inspiration, Leading Innovation, Creativity and Enterprise features numerous case examples from companies such as Virgin, Pfizer, Roche and Fuji Film. The book deals with questions such as: What are the roots of creativity and imagination? · How can we create the physiological and mental states under which creativity happens naturally rather than having to rely on creative thinking tools? · What kind of leadership is required to make creativity and innovation business as usual behaviors in your enterprise?


Leading with Trust is Like Sailing Downwind
Robert Whipple "The TRUST Ambassador" is a nationally recognized consultant, author and teacher, and an expert at helping organizations build higher levels of TRUST


Learning Leadership
From the bestselling authors of The Leadership Challenge and over a dozen award winning leadership books, James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner have written a new book that examines a fundamental question: How do people learn leadership? How do they learn to become leaders?


According to Seth Godin, Linchpins are the essential building blocks of great organizations. They may not be famous but they're indispensable. And in today's world, they get the best jobs and the most freedom. As Godin writes, "Every day I meet people who have so much to give but have been bullied enough or frightened enough to hold it back. It's time to stop complying with the system and draw your own map. You have brilliance in you, your contribution is essential, and the art you create is precious. Only you can do it, and you must."


Moxie: The Secret to Bold & Gutsy Leadership
John Baldoni uses concrete, tried-and-true steps to bring out the inner leader in everyone. For management and employees alike, Moxie provides a roadmap to inspire innovation and effective leadership. Whether you’re already at the helm of your organization or still looking for a way up the ladder, Moxie is the leadership tool you can’t do without. Built on the MOXIE framework, leaders learn how Motivation, Opportunity, an “X” factor, Innovation, and Engagement work together for success.


Obstacles to Ethical Decision-Making
In this thought-provoking work, the authors examine the prevalence of narrow mental models and the phenomenon of obedience to an authority to analyse and understand the challenges which business professionals encounter in making ethical decisions. Obstacles to Ethical Decision-Making proposes processes - including collaborative input and critique - by which individuals may reduce or overcome these challenges. It provides decision-makers at all levels in an organisation with the means to place ethical considerations at the heart of managerial decision-making.


Organizational Trust
Organizations consider trust as a pillar for successful operations in an increasingly global competitive environment. Some professionals go further and argue that in an economy trust is more important than natural resources. This book deals with ways to measure trust and its impact on organizational performance, as well as to understand the role of Management Accounting in creating trust. The author demonstrates that trust drives organizational performance, and reveals the key role of management accountants in facilitating the flow of trust between CEOs and line managers.


Public Trust in Business
Public trust in business is one of the most important but least understood issues for business leaders, public officials, employees, NGOs and other key stakeholders. Editors Harris, Moriarty & Wicks provide much-needed thinking on the topic. Drawing on the expertise of an international array of experts from academic disciplines including business, sociology, political science and philosophy, it explores long-term strategies for building and maintaining public trust in business.


Reinventing Organizations
In this groundbreaking book, author Frederic Laloux shows that every time humanity has shifted to a new stage of consciousness in the past, it has invented a whole new way to structure and run organizations, each time bringing extraordinary breakthroughs in collaboration. A new shift in consciousness is currently underway. Could it help us invent a radically more soulful and purposeful way to run our businesses and nonprofits, schools and hospitals?


Scaling Up Excellence
Authors Sutton and Rao reveal how the best leaders and teams develop, spread, and instill the right mindsets in their people -- rather than ruining or watering down the very things that have fueled successful growth in the past. They unpack the principles that help to cascade excellence throughout an organization, as well as show how to eliminate destructive beliefs and behaviors that will hold them back.


Seven Lessons for Leading in Crisis
One of the country's most trusted leaders offers time-tested and real world advice for leading in economic hard times From business giant Bill George, the acclaimed author of Wall Street Journal's bestseller True North, comes the just-in-time guide for anyone in a leadership position facing today's unprecedented economic challenges


Simple Sabotage
Inspired by the Simple Sabotage Field Manual released by the Office of Strategic Services in 1944 to train European resistors, this is the essential handbook to help stamp out unintentional sabotage in any working group, from major corporations to volunteer PTA committees.


Smart Trust
Stephen M. R. Covey again illuminates the hidden power of trust to change lives and impact organizations in Smart Trust. In a compelling and readable style, he and long-time business partner Greg Link share enlightening principles and anecdotes of people and organizations that are not only achieving unprecedented prosperity from high-trust relationships and cultures but—even more inspiring—also attaining elevated levels of energy and joy.


Stewardship: Lessons Learned from the Lost Culture of Wall S
Stewardship is the journey of financial insider John Taft towards understanding and affirming the importance of stewardship—which he has come to define as "serving others"—as a core principle for the financial services industry, the global financial system, and society at large.


The Good Ones
Ten Crucial Qualities of High-Character Employees: Employers look for two things when hiring or promoting people: knowledge and skill. They rarely, if ever, consider character. Yet character is the key to extraordinary business success. The Good Ones presents ten crucial qualities of high-character employees, qualities that enhance employee satisfaction, client relationships, and the bottom line.


The Honest Truth About Dishonesty
Dan Ariely, behavioral economist and the New York Times bestselling author of The Upside of Irrationality and Predictably Irrational, examines the contradictory forces that drive us to cheat and keep us honest, in this groundbreaking look at the way we behave: The (Honest) Truth About Dishonesty. From ticket-fixing in our police departments to test-score scandals in our schools, from our elected leaders’ extra-marital affairs to the Ponzi schemes undermining our economy, cheating and dishonesty are ubiquitous parts of our national news cycle—and inescapable parts of the human condition.


The Leadership Challenge
For more than 25 years, The Leadership Challenge has been the most trusted source on becoming a better leader, selling more than 2 million copies in over 20 languages since its first publication. Based on Kouzes and Posner's extensive research, this all-new edition casts their enduring work in context for today's world, proving how leadership is a relationship that must be nurtured, and most importantly, that it can be learned.


The Power of Trust
Most business leaders consider trust to be something intangible and difficult to quantify. This book clearly demonstrates that trust is both measurable and manageable. It offers a practical guide to building and protecting trust, and making it part of the balance sheet of every organization. Natalie Doyle Oldfield has spent years studying trust. She lays out a practical, step-by-step approach.


The Responsible Business
Author Carol Sanford states that "When most people think of corporate responsibility, they are focusing on a business's effect on and relationship to stakeholders. A Responsible Business sees stakeholders as full partners and meaningful instruments for the evolution of healthier communities and more successful businesses."


The Responsible Entrepreneur
Carol Sanford believes that we all want to create a better world, and she believes that business can and will play a major role in accomplishing that. "It will be more than just a responsibility program," she says. "Responsibility will be HOW everything is done, in the DNA so to speak, of the business and everyone will participate to make a real difference." To that end, Carol has been leading major consulting change efforts in both Fortune 500 and new-economy businesses for more than 30 years.


The Right Thing
This engaging and provactive book written by Jeffrey Seglin brings the issues of corporate and personal responsiblity in a profit-driven world down to the kind of everyday decisions we all have to make.


The Speed of Trust
With nearly 750,000 copies in print, this instant classic shows that establishing trust is “the one thing that changes everything” (Marcus Buckingham, coauthor of Now, Discover Your Strengths) in both business and life.


The Ten Law of Trust Building
Trust is the glue that holds an organization together. It turns deflection into transparency, suspicion into empowerment, and conflict into creativity. With it, a tiny company like John Deere grew into a worldwide leader. Without it, a giant corporation like Enron toppled. In "The 10 Laws of Trust," JetBlue chairman Joel Peterson explores how a culture of trust gives companies an edge.


The Trust Factor
Author Keld Jensen shows negotiating parties how to: 1. Operate from a position of trust, committed to the discovery of mutual gain 2. Bargain constructively, using transparent, two-way communication 3. Leverage the differences between the parties 4. Cooperate to reduce risk and improve the utilization of resources


The Trusted Advisor
Charles H. Green is a speaker and executive educator on trust-based relationships and Trust-based Selling in complex businesses, and the founder and CEO of Trusted Advisor Associates.


The Trusted Advisor Fieldbook
Charles H. Green and Andrea P. Howe have written this hands-on addition to the popular book The Trusted Advisor. You will find answers to pervasive questions about trust and leadership—such as how to develop business with trust, nurture trust-based relationships, build and run a trustworthy organization, and develop your trust skill set.


The Trusted Executive
The topic of trust has been a much discussed issue since the recent global financial crisis. However, the business world's response has lagged behind, and trust in organizations and corporations remains low. This book helps leaders create a trust-building strategy for a globalized, technology-enabled, diverse, and increasingly skeptical world.


The Trusted Leader
Who do you trust at work and who trusts you? By inviting readers to answer these two questions, authors Galford and Drapeau get their arms around the slippery yet strategic dimension of trust in organizations. The Trusted Leader is grounded in their research and experience in executive development. The authors define three areas of trust, including strategic trust (assurance the organization is doing the right things), organizational trust (belief in the way things are being done), and personal trust (confidence between leader and employees).


The Truth About Trust
Renowned psychologist David DeSteno brings together the latest research from diverse fields, including psychology, economics, biology, and robotics, to create a compelling narrative about the forces that have shaped the human mind's propensities to trust. He shows us how trust influences us at every level, from how we learn, to how we love, to how we spend, to how we take care of our own health and well-being. Using cutting edge research from his own lab, he also unlocks, for the first time, the cues that allow us to read the trustworthiness of others accurately.


TouchPoints speaks to the theory and craft of leadership, promoting a balanced presence of rational, authentic, active, and wise leadership practices. Leadership mastery in the smallest and otherwise ordinary moments can transform aimless activity in individuals and entropy in organizations into focused energy—one magical moment at a time.


Triple Crown Leadership
BOB VANOUREK was CEO of Sensormatic, a billion-dollar NYSE company, and serves as Chairman Emeritus of the Vail Leadership Institute. He has been CEO or officer of a number of global companies, including Pitney Bowes, Recognition Equipment, and Avery International, helping guide them through transformational turnarounds. GREGG VANOUREK is an expert on leadership, entrepreneurship, and personal development. He teaches at the Stockholm School of Entrepreneurship and Royal Institute of Technology. He co-founded New Mountain Ventures and served as a senior executive at K12 Inc. and the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation. He is co-author of two other books, including Life Entrepreneurs.


True North
True North shows how anyone who follows their internal compass can become an authentic leader. This leadership tour de force is based on research and first-person interviews with 125 of today’s top leaders—with some surprising results. In this important book, acclaimed former Medtronic CEO Bill George and coauthor Peter Sims share the wisdom of these outstanding leaders and describe how you can develop as an authentic leader.


Trust in Transition
Trust in Transition breaks down the entire change process from the initial idea to the execution phases identifying leverage points along the way that have a profound impact on the outcomes. Bob Whipple simplifies the issues, explaining that at its core, successful transitions happen because of positive human interaction.


Trust Inc.
In Trust, Inc.: How to Create a Business Culture That Will Ignite Passion, Engagement, and Innovation, author Nan S. Russell offers practical insights and workplace wisdom grounded in real-world experience.


Trust is the Tie-Breaker
This book, the culmination of decades of relationship-building experience, is packed with easy-to-implement tips which show how your business can earn the reputation you want it to have. After all, people do business with people they trust. They especially do repeat business with people they trust. Customers, clients, donors, and others always have choices.


Trust Works!
In this enlightening guide developed from his popular Trust Works! training program, #1 bestselling author and management guru Ken Blanchard turns his vast knowledge and insight to one of the most timely and complex issues that affects all areas of our lives.


Trust: A History
Today there is much talk of a 'crisis of trust'; a crisis which is almost certainly genuine, but usually misunderstood. Trust: A History offers a new perspective on the ways in which trust and distrust have functioned in past society, providing an empirical and historical basis against which the present crisis can be examined, and suggesting ways in which the concept of trust can be used as a tool to understand our own and other societies. Geoffrey Hosking argues that social trust is mediated through symbolic systems, such as religion and money, and the institutions associated with them, churches and banks.


Secret Lessons from an Inspired Leader: TRUSTED is a tale of a leader's rise and fall and the story of all managers working to become leaders, committed to building strong relationships and true performers.


Are your working relationships characterized by mutual respect, innovation, collaboration, healthy conflict, and an open invitation for feedback? Or have you experienced time and energy being wasted on turf wars, silo mindsets, suspicion, misunderstandings, and low employee engagement? In Trustology, Richard Fagerlin challenges readers to take responsibility for the one thing that determines the success of every business and interpersonal endeavor: trust.


Your Leadership Legacy
You should worry about your legacy later in your career, at the edge of retirement—right? Not according to Robert Galford and Regina Maruca. In Your Leadership Legacy, these authors argue that thinking about your legacy now makes you a better leader today. Based on stories of top leaders who have shaped successful careers, the book explores the art of "legacy thinking," helping you to formulate a legacy that will exert a positive effect on your work immediately.