In the November/December 2008 issue of Principal magazine, we asked principals to let us know what book should be on every principal’s bookshelf. Responses to the My Two Cents question included such titles as The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader: Becoming the Person Others Will Want to Follow by John C. Maxwell, Bringing Out the Best in Teachers: What Effective Principals Do by Joseph Blasé and Peggy C. Kirby, and Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson.

What do you think of these suggestions? What is your go-to book and why do you think every principal should read it?

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re: Curl Up With a Good Book

While the book Nineteen Minutes is fictional, it is a very insightful look at school violence.

re: Curl Up With a Good Book

I'm not a principal, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn last night. My book isn't about education, but it is about the journey of life. The Alchemist by Paulo Cohello

re: Curl Up With a Good Book

Pick one day a week when you select a time to leave and regardless of what is on your desk, you leave and do something nice for yourself.

Read, listen to your ipod, manicure--the list is endless.