Top Leadership Blogs


“A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.” — John C. Maxwell

Not too long ago, a few of my readers suggested I share the resources I use on the Web.

This is my map of top leadership blogs.

I like having a map because I can scan the leadership space very quickly.  I find blogs are one of the best ways to get the latest thinking, emerging practices, or even rekindle an old idea … after all, good ideas never go out of style.

So it makes perfect sense to share my collection of top leadership blogs.

I should mention that I have a lot of practice mapping out resources.

At work, I’m a “source of sources” and I regularly put together collections of resources and our best guidance to help customers succeed.

Top 10 Leadership Blogs

  1. 800.CEO.Read
  2. David Zinger on Employee Engagement
  3. Extreme Leadership, Inc., by Steve Farber
  4. (Harvard Business Review)
  5. How To Change the World, Guy Kawasaki
  6. Lead by Example, by John Baldoni
  7. Michael Hyatt on Intentional Leadership
  8. Seth’s Blog, by Seth Godin
  9. The Art of Change, by Dr. Richard Kirschner
  10. The Blog of Tim Ferris

Top Leadership Blogs A-Z

  1. 800.CEO.Read
  2. Achieved Strategies, by Shawn Murphy
  3. All Things Workplace, by Steve Roesler
  4. Alternaview, by Sibyl
  5. Ask the Manager
  6. Bill Taylor
  7. Bob Sutton on Work Matters
  8. Bret L. Simmons on Positive Organizational Behavior
  9. Business Wisdom, by Bill Matthies
  10. Church Relevance, by Kent Shaffer
  11. C02
  12. Create Learning, by Michael Cardus
  13. Curious Cat, Management Improvement Blog,  by John Hunter
  14. Daniel Pink
  15. David Zinger on Employee Engagement
  16. Directionally Correct, Russ Aebig
  17. Emerging Leadership Circle, by  Jim Canterucci
  18. Executive Coaching and Change Management, by Ed Batista
  19. Extreme Leadership, Inc., by Steve Farber
  20. Frog Blog, by Fred Schlegel
  21. Genius One, by Frank D. Kanu
  22. Great Leadership, by Dan McCarthy
  23. Harvard Business Review (HBR) (Leadership Category)
  24. Harvard Business Review (HBR), by Marshall Goldsmith
  25. Harvard Business Review (HBR), by Rosabeth Moss Kanter
  26. Hear We Are. Now What? by Terrence Seamon
  27. How To Change the World, Guy Kawasaki
  28. Inspiring Excellence, by Francis Kong
  29. Inspiring Shipments, by Ivana Sendecka
  30. Joe and Wanda on Management, by Joe Kerr and Wanda B. Goode
  31. John Maxwell on Leadership
  32. Lasting Leaders, Tom Magness
  33. Lead by Example, by John Baldoni
  34. Lead Change Group
  35. Lead on Purpose, by Michael Hopkin
  36. Lead Quietly, by Don Fred
  37. Leader Business
  38. Leader Chat
  39. Leadership is a Verb, by John Bishop
  40. Leading Blog, by Michael McKinney
  41. Linked 2 Leadership
  42. Management is a Journey, by Robert Tanner
  43. Manager Tools Blog
  44. Management Craft, by Lisa Haneberg
  45. Managing Leadership, by Jim Stroup
  46. Michael Hyatt on Intentional Leadership
  47. Moving from Me to We, by Kare Anderson
  48. N2Growth Blog, by Mike Myatt
  49. Never Mind the Manager, by Frode Heimen
  50. Nina Nets It Out, by Nina Simosko
  51. Orrin Woodward Leadership Team
  52. Personal Leadership Insight
  53. Phil Dourado
  54. Plain Talk, by Eileen McDargh
  55. Public Words, Helping People Tell Their Stories, by Nick Morgan
  56. Rajesh Setty on Bringing Ideas to Life
  57. Re: Focus, by Simon Sinek
  58. Reflection Leadership, by Tom Glover
  59. Ron Edmondson
  60. Sanders Says, by Tim Sanders
  61. Seth’s Blog, by Seth Godin
  62. Sources of Insight, by J.D. Meier
  63. Survival Leadership, Steve Gladis
  64. Talking Story with Rosa Say
  65. Tanveer Naseer
  66. Terry Starbucker
  67. The Art of Change, by Dr. Richard Kirschner
  68. The Bing Blog, by Stanley Bing
  69. The Blog of Tim Ferris
  70. The Cranky Middle Manager, by Wayne Turmel
  71. The Leader Lab
  72. The Leadership Challenge Leader Talk, by Barry Posner and Jim Kouzes
  73. The Personal Excellence Blog, by Celestine Chua
  74. The Practice of Leadership, by George Ambler
  75. The Recovering Leader, by David Peck
  76. The Six Disciplines
  77. The Vital Integrities Blog, by George Brymer
  78. Three Star Leadership Blog, by Wally Bock
  79. Tim Milburn on Envisioning Progress
  80. Tom Peters on Pursuit Excellence
  81. Unfolding Leadership
  82. Weekly Leader, by Peter A. Mello, Pam Rollin, Mario Vittone, Ed Brenegar, Scott J. Allen, and Wally Bock
  83. Women in the Lead
  84. Women’s Leadership Exchange Blog

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  1. Jk says:

    Wow – I made the list! Your generosity of consideration is very appreciated!

    One problem, again, like with the books…you left yourself out! I know it’s the ‘noble’ thing to do, but you’ve invested so much in the development of this valuable resource. I just had to mention that. You’re the man!

  2. JD says:

    @ JK — You have a high quality blog. I limited the list to blogs where there’s regular unique content and a steady stream of value that impacts the leadership space.

    You’re right, I regularly write about leadership topics, and I’m a fan of leading a life of action, and empowering others for self-leadership, as well as team, and organizational leadership … so I added my blog to the list.

  3. bunnygotblog says:

    This is a wonderful list.I’m going to check them all out.

  4. Ivana Sendecka says:

    Oh, my…I am speechless J.D.
    Totally grateful, for featuring me in your list…
    Thank you…

  5. Andrzej says:

    Wow, it looks like a great list. Now I just have to get that 25th hour daily to get through it ;)

  6. I follow many of these people. This is a great leadership list. The best I’ve seen this year. I’m always checking out people’s lists.

    I’m amazed by how much information you can assimilate and share with us. Great job!

  7. Hilary says:

    Hi JD .. thanks – I know I was one of the suggesters .. – what I like is having the Reserve Team .. those bloggers, whose work I highly respect, because I know they’ll be picking things up & highlighting them eg here – as in you!

    By chance are you going to include a TED talks list etc .. ?

    You’re my first guy .. though I subscribe to a few on your list too – it’s always good to have people point us in the right direction .. THANK YOU!! Cheers Hilary

  8. JD says:

    @ Bunny — Thank you. Enjoy the journey!

    @ Ivana — You do a great job inspiring others and staying “on path.” Keep setting the bar and pushing the bar.

    @ Andrzej — Thank you. That 25th hour will be in the last place you look ;)

    @ Karl — Thank you. You know your way around the blogosphere, so I’m flattered this is the best list you’ve seen this year.

    It still feels like I’m just getting started, but I’m going to flap my wings a bit harder now. Hilary made a great point on an earlier post that I should share more of the resources I use, so I’m pumping it up.

    @ Hilary — I must have left the window to my mind open, and you’re peeking in :) One of the lists I have on my plate is a Ted Talks list.

    I’m lucky that so many people have sent me their favorite Ted Talks over the years. Now I need to sort through them, and create a useful catalog I can share more broadly. I have so many favorites. I’m actually looking forward to this list now!

  9. Hilary says:

    Hi JD .. thought the TED talks might feature .. and they’re such an amazing mix .. looking forward to them sometime .. Hilary

  10. Mike Myatt says:

    Hi JD:

    Thanks for taking the time to put together this great resource. I appreciate being included amongst such great company. Best wishes for continued success JD.

  11. JD says:

    @ Hilary — It looks like the Ted talk index will take me longer than I thought. I have a short-set, but I want to take a step back and make a bigger map too. I think it’s worth having a more complete math.

    @ Mike — Thank you. It was a fun process of mapping out the space. I like the way you continuously flow value in the leadership space.

  12. Hilary says:

    Hi JD .. yes – I can understand that .. and I’ve only seen a few – been tempted by so many .. !

    Please be my guest as far as the maths is concerned .. my side of the Atlantic!

    Whatever direction it takes .. the index will be great ..

    Have you seen the one I commented on recently under Success .. TED: Benjamin Zander: Classical Music, Passion and Shining Eyes? cheers Hilary

  13. JD says:

    @ Hilary — Yes, I’ve seen the one you commented on. Benjamin really knows how to inspire with skill.

  14. Hilary says:

    Thanks JD .. it is excellent isn’t it .. Shining Eyes .. and the quotes on Success .. love them. Thanks for coming back to me .. Hilary

  15. Knows the way,goes the way, shows the way. I LOVE it!! It sounds so simple but it makes sense. And goes right along with integrity, balance and joy, as Barrie wrote over at Tess.’

    Maybe I can be a leader too!! I’m on my way, I think. With my songs, I am going and showing, the knowing is being worked on!

    And as a mom I am doing good too, I think!



  16. Thanks for including me here. What an honor!

  17. JD says:

    @ Jannie — Maxwell has a knack for pithy prose with pop. I find his books are sticky because of his one-liner reminders and insights.

    Leadership in you runs strong … I’ve sent multiple musical friends to your blog to model from the path you paved. You also are a path paver of fun, and the world needs more of that, and it’s a deeper reminder that there’s one, and only exactly one, Jannie Funster.

    @ Ron — You have a solid blog with beautiful wisdom. Thank you.

  18. Great list, JD! I have run across a few of these sites in my own search for fellow bloggers who write about leadership and management. Your list is more comprehensive, however. I will spend some time checking them out and expand my blogroll list.



  19. JD says:

    @ Robert — Thank you! I added your blog to the list — I like your focus.

  20. Jim Stroup says:

    Very kind of you indeed, and much appreciated, to include my site among such truly deserving ones.

    Thank you, and best wishes for you, yours, and your endeavors during this holiday season and in the New Year.

  21. JD says:

    @ Jim — Thank you for your contributions in the leadership space.

    Happy Holidays!

  22. Thanks for including me and my blog, JD.

  23. JD says:

    @ Terrence — You write insightful posts and I like your contributions to the leadership space.

  24. Hi JD,

    Thank you for including me on your list of leadership blogs! This is very kind of you and I appreciate being in such great company. Have a happy holiday and a wonderful 2011. I will be checking in with you and referring my students to your blog.

    Best Regards,