(Domain 5)

Book Club

Start a book club to read professional books at your agency.

All book club members read the same book. Members then discuss the book and its potential personal and agency-wide implications.

A suggested list of books might include:

  • Leadership on the Line by Ronald Heifetz and Marty Linsky
  • Signs of Safety by Andrew Turnell and Steve Edwards
  • StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath
  • The Fifth Discipline by Peter Senge
  • Primal Leadership: Learning to Lead with Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman, Richard Boyatzis, and Annie McKee
  • Reuben Snake, Your Humble Serpent: Indian Visionary and Activist as told to Jay C. Fikes
  • Shattered Bonds: The Color of Child Welfare by Dorothy Roberts
  • Leading Change by John Kotter
  • The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
  • Challenging Racial Disproportionality in Child Welfare by Deborah Green, Kathleen Belanger, and Ruth McRoy

Develop discussion questions to spark dialogue within the group. If reading a full book isn’t feasible between meetings, consider assigning multiple chapters of one book for a series of book group meetings.


To create a culture of continuous learning.


  • Middle Manager
  • Supervisor