07/25/2014 10:21 am ET Updated Sep 24, 2014

Leadership Books for the Beach

With summer vacation season in full swing, many of you are probably on the lookout for good beach reads. While you may be tempted to search out fiction and seek total escape, there are a number of engaging books that can help you become a better leader.

These books offer federal leaders practical advice on everything from inspiring creativity and innovation among your employees to building your resilience and tackling tough workplace problems. Here are some ideas for additions to your reading list:

Think Like a Freak: The Authors of Freakonomics Offer to Retrain Your Brain by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner has great insight on how to think more productively, more creatively and more rationally. Too often in government, I see the same solutions offered to problems. Levitt and Dubner offer some simple ideas to help you and your team more clearly see your problems, seek out new methods for researching solutions and understand how to persuade others to adopt your ideas.

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