Read to Lead: Leadership Reading Circles 

What are Leadership Reading Circles?

Leadership Reading Circles are small groups of students who gather to read and discuss a book that is applicable to leadership development. A faculty member facilitates discussion amongst the group based on assigned readings for the session. Typically, the circles meet 5-6 times over the course of a semester, and include discussion on issues in leadership, ethics, current events, and other relevant topics.

How can I sign up?

If you would like to join one of these reading circles, please complete a registration form by filling out the Google document on our website at . All students who participate will receive a free copy of the designated book. 

Click here to access the Reading Circle registration form

Faculty Member: Dr. Justin White


Book: Better Vocabulary in 30 Minutes a Day (Edie Schwager)


Description: Better Vocabulary in 30 Minutes a Day offers a comprehensive method for adding a more impressive list of words to your everyday speech and how to use them effortlessly and accurately. This book provides definitions, roots, stems, and elements of words so that you can increase your vocabulary with thousands of new words. Throughout the book are fascinating stories about words and origins. Being able to express yourself and communicate with an amplified vocabulary will increase your leadership potential.


Dates: Tuesdays: Feb 4, 18; Mar 18; Apr 1, 15


Time: 1 – 2 p.m.


Location: Queen Palm Room – Upstairs in the Student Union

Faculty Member: Leah Plocharczyk


Book: You Don’t Need A Title To Be A Leader: How Anyone, Anywhere Can Make a Positive Difference (Mark Sanborn)


Description: You Don’t Need a Title to Be a Leader shows how each of us can be a leader in our daily lives and make a positive difference, whatever our title or position. Genuine leadership – leadership with a “little l”, as the author puts it, is not conferred by a title, or limited to the executive suite. Rather, it is shown through our everyday actions and the way we influence the lives of those around us. This book offers an inspiring message to anyone who wants to take control of his or her life and make a positive difference.


Dates: Fridays: Feb 14(SR 270), 21, 28; Mar 28; Apr 4


Time: 3 – 4 p.m.


Location: Jupiter Campus – SR 108 (except 2/14…room noted above)

Faculty Member: Dr. Lori Dassa


Book: Tuesdays with Morrie (Mitch Albom)


Description: Maybe it was a grandparent, or a teacher, or a colleague. Someone older, patient and wise, who understood you when you were young and searching, helped you see the world as a more profound place, gave you sound advice to help you make your way through it. For Mitch Albom, that person was Morrie Schwartz, his college professor from nearly twenty years ago. Mitch rediscovered Morrie in the last months of the older man's life. Every Tuesday they visited with each other, just as they used to back in college. Their rekindled relationship turned into one final “class”: lessons in how to live. Tuesdays with Morrie is a magical chronicle of their time together, through which Mitch shares Morrie's lasting gift with the world.


Dates: Tuesdays: February 11, 25; March 11, 25; April 8, 22


Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.


Location: Queen Palm Room – Upstairs in the Student Union

Faculty Member: Dr. Patricia Darlington


Book: Soul of a Citizen: Living with conviction in challenging times (Paul Rogat Loeb)


Description: Soul of a citizen is a passionate, inspiring, and readable book which has inspired countless readers to challenge themselves to look at their society with new eyes and to try to find out just how they can use their innate talents as leaders to help sustain their surroundings.  It is full of wonderful historical tidbits that will surprise you and give you countless hours of conversations about the content.


Dates: Mondays: February 12, 19, 17, 26; March 12, 19, 26


Time: 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.


Location: Culture & Society Bldg, Conference Room 201

Faculty Member: Katie Burke  


Book: Leaders eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t (Simon Sinek)


Description: Why do only a few people get to say “I love my job”? It seems unfair that finding fulfillment at work is like winning a lottery; that only a few lucky ones get to feel valued by their organizations, to feel like they belong.
Imagine a world where almost everyone wakes up inspired to go to work, feels trusted and valued during the day, then returns home feeling fulfilled. This is not a crazy, idealized notion. Today, in many successful organizations, great leaders are creating environments in which people naturally work together to do remarkable things. In his travels around the world since the publication of his bestseller Start with Why, Simon Sinek noticed that some teams were able to trust each other so deeply that they would literally put their lives on the line for each other. Other teams, no matter what incentives were offered, were doomed to infighting, fragmentation and failure. Why? The answer became clear during a conversation with a Marine Corps general. “Officers eat last,” he said.


Dates: Wednesdays: February 19, 26; March 12, 19, 26


Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.


Location: Queen Palm Room – Upstairs in the Student Union 

Faculty Member: Dr. Philomena Marinaccio, Ph.D. 


Book: David & Goliath (Malcolm Gladwell)


Description: Three thousand years ago on a battlefield in ancient Palestine, a shepherd boy felled a mighty warrior with nothing more than a stone and a sling, and ever since then the names of David and Goliath have stood for battles between underdogs and giants. David's victory was improbable and miraculous. He shouldn't have won.


Dates: Tuesdays: February 25 ; March 11 , 18, 25; April 1


Time: 3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.


Location: Broward Campus – ES, room 263 

 Faculty Member: Peggy Joseph 


Book: Good to Great (Jim Collins)


Description: Built to Last, the defining management study of the nineties, showed how great companies triumph over time and how long-term sustained performance can be engineered into the DNA of an enterprise from the very beginning. But what about the company that is not born with great DNA? How can good companies, mediocre companies, even bad companies achieve enduring greatness?

Dates: Thursdays: February 27 ; March 13 , 20, 27; April 3


Time: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.


Location: Broward Campus – SD, room 217


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