For some time, I have been collecting links and resources to help me improve my leadership, management and various other skills. I think I now have enough that it might help other people if I centralised the links and shared them with others.
I will use this post as my ‘hub’ and periodically update it with new resources as I find them. Note that many of these resources cover far more than the heading I have placed them under – it is well worth browsing around all of them in detail.
I find it useful to take notes in a ‘best book’ where I can centralise what I’ve learned, particularly as a reference for leadership and management advice.
If you have any questions or suggestions for additions, please let me know!
The Military Leader – Great articles and blog posts aimed at an officer/SNCO audience, but full of useful lessons for any leader.
EntreLeadership – Good articles and a great podcast on leadership.
ChangingMinds – Incredible website which holds a mine of information on psychology, social interaction and many other subjects.
SimplyPsychology – Great for building the basic psychological knowledge essential for understanding how people think and interact.
List of Cognitive Biases – Never believe your brain; question everything you think and make sure you’re not committing these!
MindTools – Deep website with a huge amount of free content on all aspects of management and leadership. A great starting point.
BusinessBalls – Wide range of business and management related advice.
Harvard Business Review – Various articles focused on business.
Inc. – Website of Inc. Magazine. All sorts of useful and thought provoking articles.
SixMinutes – Very good blog on public speaking and presentational skills.
Speaking.io – Useful, frank and surprisingly deep site with interesting design.
Toastmasters – International public speaking organisation. Clubs around the world and a number of good basic tips on their website.
Self Discipline/Motivation/Habit Building
James Clear – Excellent website with information on forming positive habits, achieving your goals and developing self discipline.
Michael Hyatt – Fantastic website with a very good podcast; covers business matters as well as personal development. Host is an ordained priest but episodes are generally focused on matters other than religion.
Art of Manliness – Don’t be fooled by the title – it’s superficially aimed at men but in the most positive way possible: it promotes ‘manly’ values such as discipline, courage and strength which are useful to anyone. The podcasts are particularly good.
The Regimental Rogue – Amusing but educational site containing numerous historical documents and plenty of food for thought.
ARRSE E-Nirex – Useful documents for exercise and junior officer tasks.
Maneuver Self Study Programme – Web content, books, articles, doctrine, films, lectures, and practical application exercises to help educate leaders about the nature and character of war.
Reed – Comprehensive website for advice on CV creation and job hunting.
Huffington Post – Articles on careers and finding jobs.
The Economist – Well respected weekly paper discussing political and economic issues. Many free articles.
TweetDeck – Set up custom twitter searches and display them in columns. Incredibly useful for getting up-to-the-second information on anything being covered in social media.
Institute for the Study of War – Free, extremely detailed information and assessment on key conflict zones. Excellent weekly email.
Lawfare – Excellent and incisive analysis of international affairs. Great (free) email subscription service.
Foreign Policy in Focus – Another brilliant organisation covering foreign affairs.
TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) – Fantastic and inspiring video lectures, performances and ideas from people around the world.
Khan Academy – Free online courses in many subjects.
DuoLinguo – A free and highly effective way to learn a new language. Available as a mobile device app.
ThoughtCatalog – Despite some clickbait titles, often contains excellent and inspiring articles and creative writing.